I decided to take the challenge of seven days of black and white images. I figured this would be easy after doing the 365 challenge in 2012. Ha! Yeah!!!!
This first image is of Daisy as she was just drifting off to dreamland. And where was she? Up on the bed, of course. She no longer sleeps there as she’s getting older and it’s hard for her to jump up now. So she has a comfy, cozy spot on the floor at the foot of my bed.
Do you ever wonder what dogs dream of? In her case, I think it’s a safe bet that she’s herding sheep.
A quote from one of my favorite people, Mike Dooley, who has written several books that I love …
“In case they look at you funny when you tell them of your loftiest dreams, goals, and desires, all you have to do is turn your head sideways, raise an eyebrow, and slowly say, “I… have… connections….”
Today’s post is one from an email I received this morning. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Mike Dooley, the founder and author of Notes from the Universe, but I absolutely love what he does. My husband and I sometimes sit on the patio in the morning having our first cup of coffee and randomly pick a page from the book. Somehow the message seems to always fit our lives.
Here’s the one from today:
If you could take a daily pill that would profoundly speed-up the manifestation of all your dreams, would you take it without fail? I thought so.
What if it was a big, ugly pill that took 5 minutes to dissolve on your tongue, and it tasted like medicine. Would you still do it? Yes, all of your dreams … Thought so.
But what if during those 5 minutes each day you couldn’t watch TV, or talk with friends, or distract yourself in any way from your chore?
Wow, you must really want a (fill in the blank), and all those other awesome life changes!
OK, what if you could skip the pill bit entirely, but instead you had to set aside 5 minutes a day to visualize, in a dark and quiet room, seeing your life unfold as if all your dreams were coming true, and for good measure you had to say or do something, each day, that implied the same?
This is a picture of the sign on our patio. The Beach House … a place where we want to retire someday. We already have a vision board about it. If you aren’t familiar with a vision board, it’s a place where you put pictures or photos or drawings (whatever works for you) of the things you would like to experience in your life. Some call it a bucket list. I have one of those, too, but this is different. My vision board is a piece of poster board with pictures of various items, like the beach house. And just for good measure, I put the sign up. I look at it every day and imagine being in the beach house, looking out the window at the ocean, sipping my coffee and witnessing another spectacular sunrise.
The beach house is a place that provides complimentary sunsets and ocean views. It’s a place where I can feel the sand between my toes and build a sand castle if I want to. It’s a place where our dogs can run on the beach, chase sandpipers, or dig a hole to cool off the belly when they need to. It’s a place where the grandkids can come and stay as long as they like and spend the day surfing, skim boarding, swimming, clamming, or whatever else they want to do. It’s a place that’s the epitome of relaxation, closing my eyes and meditating while listening to the waves lap the shore.
It doesn’t matter to me which ocean, but I would prefer warm water. Do you hear me, Universe? Hint. Hint. Life is good; dreams are free.