My sweet friend Monica mailed me a series of three postcards recently, on which she handwrote the following passage from Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy. These words have really got me thinking... and have also prompted me to pull out my own copy of this extraordinary tome.
Dreams and expectations and two very different things. Dreams call for a leap of faith, trusting that Spirit is holding the net, so that you can continue in the re-creation of the world with your energy, soul, gifts, and vision. Expectations are the emotional investment the ego makes in a particular outcome: what needs to happen to make the dream come true. [...]
The passionate pursuit of dreams sets your soul soaring; expectations that measure the dream's success tie stones around your soul. I don't think we should lower our expectations; I believe if we truly want to live a joyous and adventurous life, we should relinquish them.
Living your life as a dreamer and not as an "expector" is a personal declaration of independence. You're able to pursue happiness more directly when you don't get caught up in delivery details. Dreaming, not expecting, allows Spirit to step in and surprise you with connection, completion, consummation, celebration. You dream. Show up for work. Then let Spirit deliver your dream to the world.
Powerful stuff, no?
Thank you Monica, for a very special reminder to dream and to let go.