Somewhere Over the Rainbow is Right Here
Living your life to following your DREAM isn’t always as effortless as sliding down sparkly rainbows eating bon-bons until you unavoidably float into the shiny pot of gold sitting at the end, welcoming you with open arms there to massage your stressed shoulders and provide you infinite pats on the back.
Sometimes following a dream feels more like looking up and wondering when you’re ever going to sprout those damn wings to even get yourself to that hyper-color highway far-off in the sky.
Oftentimes your feet feel stuck on the ground and you spend your days jumping over and over and over (and OVER) desperately hoping that one of those leaps will take you high enough to grasp that rainbow. All of this so you can keep climbing, so that one day – ONE DAY – you will finally get yourself OVER that rainbow.
You know – the very one you tried get to in the first place….
Sometimes in my life that rainbow seems so far off I don’t even have the energy to keep looking to the sky to remember it’s there. Some days I wake up and don’t want to move from lying in my bed to sitting back down in the chair in front of the computer and stare at the screen for another eight – ten – seemingly never-ending hours each day as I work on writing my book.
Sometimes I’m tired and want to forget this dream. Especially mornings after working long shifts at the restaurant where I earn money to support myself while I write, I would rather get up and do something else – anything else than this, than writing another damn word to a project that seems will never end and leaving me feeling like I will never get “there.”
But every time I lay in my bed, staring up at the ceiling and trying to come up with something else to do – something more fulfilling than working on this project – nothing ever comes to mind and I realize there is nothing I would rather be doing than this – even if it takes me the rest of my life.
In those moments when the temptation to abandon my dream creeps into my mind, I stop and think about that rainbow and all the shiny treasures it offers and I remind myself:
This IS my dream – to tell stories, to shine love through words and share all I am with those I know, those I’ve never met and with those whom I may never meet.
I remind myself that I’m not writing each day, continually working on my book and constantly thinking how to share this love I feel inside so I can end up somewhere else, drowning in a pot of gold coins, fat, rich and lazy with the illusion of accomplishment. The reason I write is not to receive those pats on the back and words of praise for a job well-done. And, I am most definitely not writing and working hard each day so that one day I can get to the end of that rainbow by “accomplishing” this task and stop writing and working so hard and finally be “done” with this dream.
I write because I love to write, because I feel this love inside that I want to share with the world and because I love connecting with others through the stories of our lives.
To me, that IS the dream. Why would I ever want the dream to end?!
When it comes to dreams, if our only focus is upon the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – the accolades, the bigger bank account, the bigger house, the better car, the envious social status or even the happiness we believe will come from accomplishing whatever it is we spend our days doing – but we HATE what we do each day in the hopes of getting that pot of gold sometime in the future, the sobering truth is we will never get “there” nor ever get the gold.
To do anything in your life only seeking the illusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is actually futile. The truth is:
There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow because, there is no end to the rainbow.
There is only HERE and NOW and what we choose do with those two gifts given to us in each moment.
It is when I think of this that I realize I don’t have to work to get to that rainbow – my life IS the rainbow and I’m already on it – we all are. It’s then the tiresome jumping over and over and over magically becomes dancing and bouncing around to the rhythm of my own heart’s desires. My feet no longer feel stuck on the ground because the “ground” is our gift, our here and now, on this Earth and in the lives we live.
It is in the day-to-day moments of our lives where we bring our dreams to life.
Our lives are not meant to chase dreams, constantly struggling and fighting, always trying to reach that pot of gold somewhere out there in the far unattainable future. Our lives are meant to embrace our dreams within us and live them every moment by doing what we love, revealing the limitless gold already existing inside us.
As we do, we realize it’s not only a measly “pot” of gold, a tiny cauldron of shiny coins we find; it’s a deep well-spring of infinite proportions that never stops offering abundant riches and overwhelming wealth.
It’s comes from forgetting about getting anywhere and instead, being where we are and doing what we love.
When I think of my life and what I choose to do each and every day, it no longer feels like a burden or some never-ending task that I chip away at hoping to one day be “done with it.” Instead, it feels like a gift, as if I’m continually unwrapping layers upon layers of riches each time I sit down at my computer to do what I love to do each and every day. My “work” becomes passionate play and a never-ending expression of the contents of my own heart.
My writing may not produce actual gold coins weighing down my pockets or crowding up the confines of my bank account, but it does make me feel like the richest person in the world.
I have a dream and I am not following it – I am living it.
I may still have to work at a J-O-B that earns me the financial needs to support, clothe and feed myself – all things that are necessary and important – but this is not who I am or what I “do.” It is simply part of what I choose to do as I live my dream. I could be a starving artist but then I would be – starving. Instead, I do what I have to do to live, but I put the dreams that call from my heart first.
That way, in each moment, my life IS the rainbow, my work is my play and the peace I seek is found in knowing there is nothing to get to or get over and nowhere I am meant to be other than right where I am, doing what I love.
This makes my life a continuous gift of HERE and NOW rich with infinite opportunities to share my love with the world and to me, that feels like gold and all the treasure I could ever want.
Can you see the hyper-color beauty of your Here and Now?
Are you living your dream and embracing the gold in your life?
If not, what are you waiting for?
THIS IS YOUR LIFE