Intentional Living Series Week Fifteen: Do You Remember When?

by Christine

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." ~ Walt Disney

In week fourteen I discussed the key element needed to succeed...will. This week I am going to explore what it means to "be". 

I started Monday chasing the sun and ended the day in Charlotte with my daughter and her family. A joyful part of my time with them is that I get to participate in everyday family activities. This morning I went with Lucy to her preschool class and was lovingly introduced to her teachers and friends. Morning drop-off is a high octane activity as moms, dads, and kids get in and out of cars and classrooms. After goodbye hugs and kisses, I started to leave the building when the flip-chart list titled, When I grow up, I want to be: caught my eye. 

I was amused and delighted to read the answers compiled; it definitely made me smile. Liam wants to be a bumblebee...does that mean he will morph into an insect or resurrect John Belushi's Saturday Night Live Bumblebees? Is Macy's plan to marry into royalty or will she actually wear a princess ball gown and tiara to her Veterinary office everyday? Teagan wants to play with a baby octopus and if the profession allows him to pursue that dream, he may become a marine biologist.  Each declaration has it's own logic and goal and I could only interpret its meaning though my personal filter. 

But the more I thought about the question, I realized that as we age the question of "When I grow up, I want to be:" turns into "When I grow up, I am going to make money by doing:". When did we start confusing being something with making money for doing something. Do you want to be a happy person, a healthy person, a singer, an artist? To be something does not require that you be paid. What is required is that you know what you want to be. 

Week 15 Assignment: Write down 3 things you want to be.

This week use your Morning 30 to think about what you would like to be, not what you would like to be paid to do. 


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