While I was busy this week reorganizing my ever-changing-studio, I struggled to stay focused on the task at hand. I desperately needed to
toss out a lot of junk de-clutter several shelves and reduce the amount of stuff that was crowding in upon me, but try as I might my mind kept wandering back to something I'd read earlier in the week. My heart kept revisiting the writings of the late Erma Bombeck where I stumbled upon this amazing little quote:
“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say,
"Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams."
Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there.”
When I was a little girl I thought for a while I wanted to be a nurse, but given the fact that I couldn't stand the sight of blood by the time I was seven I'd abandoned all such thinking. Still, as I grew older I dreamed many dreams. I thought about becoming an art teacher or a painter. Maybe a clothing designer or some other kind of artisan. But those things seemed to always come second (or third, fourth, etc.) to my longing of being a wife and mother. Somehow, certainly by God's grace, I was afforded the deepest desires of my heart. Today I'm a wife of 32 years to my beloved Mr. AGPMan and mother to an amazing son and beautiful daughter. No doubt I've been blessed.
But, as my children grew up, found love and ultimately left the safety of 'home', I found I was totally unprepared for the quieting down of my La Chaumière de Briarwood. My day to day life was over as I had known it and a really big part of me hated the sounds of silence. Even so, I somehow knew that great days were ahead of me.
I seek guidance and strength everyday
to open up the lid to my
"box of dreams"
and live them...
It's been said that it takes a lot of courage to allow someone into your inner circle and reveal to them your life's passions. Like Ms. Bombeck I can only pray that "when I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say I used everything you gave me."
Be the Original YOU!
Dare to live them!
"You'll use the old rubble of past lives to rebuild anew. Rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You'll be known as those who can fix anything. Restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.
~Isaiah 58:12 (The Message)
Blessings to you today as you embrace all you've been called to be.
Love to you...