Last summer, my mother (who will be 84 in a few weeks), myself and my son Matt sat in a cafe in Glens Falls and played one of my favorite games. It involves talking like you are living the dream, that you envision for your life in the future, and not getting out of “character”. An important part of this “game” is to talk about your life, accomplishments, etc. from the perspective of one living it now (starting sentences with “I am” instead of “I will be” or “someday”) and to use very expressive language .
Matt had a big dream that involved film. As he spoke, I could see that people around us were listening. Then my turn came and I felt a little hesitant, which surprised me since the game is always my idea. I loved it when Matt talked, loved being in that supportive role, but had to stretch my comfort zone to allow them to “hold my dreams” for a little while. I remember fearing that they would think I was being grandiose…and that was the whole point of the game! This would not have been an issue for me when I was 30.
I finally jumped in and had a blast. My mother couldn’t think of anything. She enjoyed listening to us, but could not imagine a future different from the one she was living at the time, and she didn’t want to give it a try. A year has passed, and both Matt and I have stepped, pretty dramatically, into the lives that we talked about that day. When are we too old to have big dreams for our lives? When do we stop thinking about building and just try to “maintain”, or hold our ground, or not slip backwards.
I keep inspirational books by my bedside and right before I turn out the light, I like to open one of them to a random page and read the “message for the night”. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy, was the one I picked up last night and I opened to the words,
“The most productive years of your life can be from 65 to 95.”
P.S. My friend Maud Maynard (a truly gifted Reiki practitioner) and I, will be conducting the “Releasing Ceremony” for the dreams that you sent in over the past few weeks, today at 4pm EST. If you sent in a dream or if you didn’t but wish you had, you can, in your thought, join with our energy of intention, expansion and release. It is never too late!