Nov. 30 2021
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration! This time of year, I always think about the things I am grateful for in my life. I am thankful for my life, my family and friends and the people I work with in my jobs. I am also thankful for all of you who are reading this blog and interested in finding your own voice and gifts.
I am grateful that I learned to dream big early in my life and that I found people who have helped me make some of my dreams come true.
In my presentations I always share this quote:
If the only prayer I say in my life is “THANK YOU” that would be enough. Meister Eckhart
In October I shared some information about Person Centered Planning. I encouraged each person to think about celebrations in their life. Maybe you made a Celebration poster of all your big and small accomplishments! I hope it made you happy to think of all the amazing things you have done.
Another important step in your person-centered plan is to think about your DREAMS! This is the fun part! Think about all the dreams you have for your life.
Dreams force you to stretch yourself beyond your limits. Sometimes we forget to dream because we just go from day to day in our lives. But dreams are very important!
Pretend you have a magic wand and anything can happen. It is so much fun. What do you want to do in your life, what kind of person do you want to be, where do you want to live, what does your future look like and what do you dream about for today and next year? Write your thoughts down on a big piece of paper. Share your thoughts with your family and/or friends and ask them to join you in brainstorming ideas about their dreams for you.
Dream BIG! Dream BOLD!
Be optimistic and don’t set limits.
One person said: “to deny dreams, is to disable the human spirit.”
For example: one person dreamed of being a doctor. When we asked him what he would like about being a doctor, he said that he wants to work with people and help them. He wants to take care of people and help them get better. Once he talked about all the thing that were connected to being a doctor, he discovered a lot of possibilities in his future.
Dreaming is an important part of a person-centered plan. You can share your dreams and ask others to help you make some of your dreams come true. Others can help you create a plan to help you achieve your goals.
You can share your dreams with your team in your IEP meeting presentations, share it with family and friends, and at job interviews. Our dreams are golden. And this is an opportunity to write all your dreams down so you won’t forget.
I hope this is helpful for you and dream big and bold!
Dwell in the possibilities!!