“Imagination is a preview of coming attractions.”
Dreams call to us from our future…they offer us a glimpse of what could be – a chance to offer the best of ourselves.
As we now face a new reality with the COVID-19 virus, our world is being shaken up – disrupted. It is clear that even after the virus passes, we will not return to “life as it was” before the virus. As Joanna Macy says, “this is the time of the Great Turning” when life on Earth will shift to a more sustainable way of being. What we are experiencing at this moment is the Great Churning – the uprooting of the familiar, the stirring up of all that we know, with a large dash of uncertainty thrown in.
As we stay in our homes in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, we are being given the gift of time – to slow down, to think, to go within and reevaluate our priorities – and most of all – to DREAM. This is a fertile time to practice sitting with uncertainty and to go deeply inside to rediscover the dreams we once had.
We each have a yearning to live in a meaningful way. The questions gnawing at us are, “Why am I here? What is my purpose in this life?” Now is the time to relax into your imagination and wonder, “what if….” What is it that you are being called to do? What makes you come alive? Where in you does that passion reside that wants to be expressed? How will you fan that ember? What will it look like when it becomes a dream again?
Guaranteed that there exists at least a small ember of a dream deep inside you. It may be covered under the layers of living your life with responsibilities and “doing the right thing,” but it is there, patiently waiting to be fanned back into existence.
Now is the time to re-imagine, re-kindle and re-create your life!