What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. - John Steinbeck —
There are good things coming. Despite the in between and colder days, there is light and there is hope. Believing in it sometimes is the biggest work, but then the sun rises again and I wonder why I ever doubted. —
Love these guys! Fun hanging out this morning with Rich and Jill Dettmer! Thankful they have been a faithful and vital part of our @cornerstonechurchyc family!
And they have some GREAT stories! Rich was in law enforcement in Hayward and oversaw a narcotics division! And Jill worked for MacDonald Douglas and NASA overseeing the needs of the astronauts and their families from the Mercury through Saturn programs! She became friends with all of them! WOW!!! #WEARECORNERSTONE#WEAREFAMILY#LifeisStory
The first step in Achieving your Dreams is to know what they are. Sounds simple, but is it? For me (@itsmecjb), this has consistently been one of the hardest parts. The biggest reason is that I'm a commitment-phobe: I don't want to declare THIS IS MY DREAM unless I'm ready for that to forever be my Dream. But as we discussed before, dreams are not fixed - they grow and develop as we do. One of my best friends has always told me, "Ok, I believe you. But if you change your mind tomorrow, I'll believe you then too." Say this aloud with me: "I'm not boxed into anything unless I'm choosing to be." Great. Something a mentor once told me was: "Dream and plan but with open hands." We can put anything we want into our hands, but we cannot hold too tightly onto them. We have to allow them to fall out, grow, or be replaced as they need to - or else we will suffocate them. On top of the fear of "forever" commitment, I'm afraid that if I say I want to do something it'll have to be PERFECT and I CANNOT FAIL (or I'll be "silly"). This is where I take the mentality of "failing big." Meaning - if I'm going to fail, I may as well fail big, because if I fail big that means I tried big. If I'm not limited by the fear of failure I'm more likely to succeed; but if I do fail there can be no regrets since I gave it my all. When knowing our dreams we have to get over our fear: fear of failure, of changing our minds, of being silly/not accepted. I'd venture to say that if you're someone who "doesn't know their dreams," you're probably someone who is limited by one of these fears. And if you’re going to make Someday, Today, you must first know what “Someday” you’re after. // photo via #ISTphotographer Alana Bishop of the #DreamAchieverCollective (together we say #itssomedaytoday )
Beginning to write was a terrifying choice. I started because I was studying abroad in South Africa and preferred to communicate on one platform to everyone instead of dispersed text messages to many. Each week abroad I would craft a blog post. Typing late into the night as bugs smacked my lit laptop screen, I wrote of the things I was learning, experiencing, and feeling. Hitting “post” on the first blog was uncomfortable. I was not used to so publicly or decisively sharing my perspective on the world with immense vulnerability. But, the more I wrote, the more I discovered “ME.” I wrote about tea time, football, making choices about life, rainstorms, serving HIV patients, and searching for the meaning of home. Week after week I lived this dream life between red dirt roads and busy green trees, condensing it all into a thousand words. Every time I hit post there was a rush of fear and then absolute satisfaction seeing my words and pictures live. Suddenly, I felt like I’d been handed a key to unlock doors. I wasn’t sure what these doors were or how the desire to keep the feeling of purpose and whimsy going would manifest, but I knew I had a key. It was writing and it was honesty. This was enough, this is what I held staring fear in the face and putting all the questions in my pocket for when answers would be discovered. I started toward this still forming dream with no clue what I wanted to do or how I would bring all these things I loved together, so I just kept writing. // words and image via October's #ISTDreamAchiever Brooke Adams of the #DreamAchieverCollective (Together we say #itssomedaytoday )
Có những ngày đắp chăn cùng với nỗi buồn, mở một vài bản nhạc, cứ thế mà ôm cô đơn vào trong giấc ngủ. Bởi lẽ những điều tuyệt vời nhất của chúng ta đã cách nhau một tuổi trẻ, dẫu có chạy nhanh đến mấy thì liệu rằng có thắng được thanh xuân?
Biển vẫn luôn xập xình dậy sóng, chẳng cần làm tình, chỉ cần có những kẻ điên gạt bỏ mụ mị để tìm về với nhau, nắm lấy tay nhau mà bước đi chung một cuộc đời méo mó. Chỉ như thế thôi là đủ rồi. À mà nếu anh là kẻ điên, thì em có nguyện giả khùng để tán?
Thật ra dẫu điên hay khùng thì nếu đến được với nhau đã là duyên là nợ. Nhưng có lúc, chỉ cần duyên thôi, còn nợ, thì bao nhiêu tuổi hờn trong suốt những tháng năm qua ta đã trả đủ hết rồi.
Thank you mama.
You’re welcome my dear. —
She serves by cleaning the toilets all day and smiles all day.
If everyone was willing to be like her in even the slightest, what a different world we would live in.
Can you imagine how important it is to have been loved?
And how uncomplicated it really is to reach out a hand and love.
Heading to Uganda tomorrow and have been reminded lately how we were created to be WITH one another through all seasons. Reaching out, loving well, and allowing others space in our hearts is terrifying and beautiful all at once.