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This is the 86th consecutive week for the “Looking Out My Back Window” series of blogs. It’s coming to you a day early as tomorrow is a “travel” day for us (more on this later). A couple days ago I published the first 52 weeks of blog posts as a book now available through my Amazon Author Page here: www.amazon.com/author/davidgeschke . I absolutely love this new book. But that’s a topic for another post, as what I’m doing here is all about what’s on my mind today. And, per usual, there’s a lot on my mind today. Tomorrow Laurie and I leave for a week long vacation with our grandkids to St. Lucia. It’s such an incredible thing to be able to do. Those of you who know us know we travel often, and at least once a year do a trip that involves family members as well. We’ve been able to do this for several years now, but it’s not something either of us grew up with. We’re extremely grateful to be in this position today. It took a lot of hard work, and wow – what a feeling when hard work and determination actually pays off. Almost every morning I wake up with a song in my head. Today’s song was “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by the Everly Brothers. Got me thinking about dreams today, and the subsequent emotions that often follow suit, mostly fear and excitement. We got a text from the youngest grandchild this week saying she was scared to go. And my first thought was, “I’m a little scared, too!”… We’ve never been to St. Lucia, we have an overnight in Miami, we’ll have three kids with us without their parents, and we’re taking them to another country… on airplanes, with connecting flights… it’s scary. Because it’s unknown. If it was the fourth time we were going there, and every other time went off without a hitch, well – it would be a different story. At the same time, it’s extremely exciting – I mean, really – the resort looks awesome, there will be tons of other kids there, and we’ll most likely build some memories we’ll savor for the rest of our lives. Dreams are like that. They come with a mixed bag of fear and excitement. Any time you want to expand your boundaries, and try something new you’ll have to blow through the fear and have faith that it will work out. Dreams die when faith is too weak to take you through the fear. If you have dreams that have waned, if you have something stirring in your heart, examine what it is that keeps you from trying it. It’s fear. Some of life’s greatest moments lie on the other side of fear. I’m sure hoping that’s the case this week. I have faith that it will be. We have so few moments. Make them count.