Refocusing your Dreams

Every morning, I find the need to return to a quiet place. During this undisturbed repose, I write my thoughts until the mental dross floats to the top. Then I skim it off by replacing worthless distractions with positive steps.

With the abundance of aspirations I have, these early morning appointments with my Creator and myself prove invaluable. Self-reflection seems even more important during the holiday season when events multiply and time shrinks. Add to this, a busy career that often burns up my mental and emotional reserves.

Just this morning, I told me husband,

“You know, normal life drains so much of our energy that moving our dreams forward takes an extra effort.”

He answered, “Ya, the couch gets more appealing as I age.”

In spite of my husband and my desire to lounge, we continue to design a business plan with short-range (the next year) and long-range goals (3-5 years). Yet, even planning can become an activity that eats up our time when we generate more projects than we can humanly complete. My work alcoholic tendency enhances those times of solitude. I stop to enjoy a sunset and remember to refocus my dreams on the people and priorities that I deem most important.

Writing sessions also soothe my insatiable need to create. I have a tendency to spend far too much time imagining what could be instead of focusing on what I really need to do next in order to make my dreams come true. Therefore, writing helps me to decide what practical steps will give my dreams hands and feet to go with the wings. I’m discovering that making dreams come true takes a whole lot of running before lift off is possible.

Another major distraction is digital input. Our technology-driven culture pulls at our attention like impatient children on their mother’s skirt. As much as technology intrigues me (and anyone who knows me will tell you this is a whole lot) time for personal refection will always include a spiral notebook and a Pental R.S.V.P. pen. (I don’t know why I have to write with this particular brand of pen. We artistic types have some strange rituals and preferences). And…lots of refocused dreams.

So there you have it, simple and doable. Set aside an early morning time, or whenever your brain is the most fresh, and write to purge your soul, clear your mind, and refocus your dreams. In time, the rewards will be plentiful and your imagined aspirations will have enough forward motion for liftoff.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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19 Responses to Refocusing your Dreams

  1. duke1959 says:

    When reading this I thought of my post this morning about tomorrow.
    http://duke1959.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/the-only-important-tomorrow/

  2. Dianne says:

    Love it. Such good thoughts, so much truth. But for me, it’s Moleskine notebooks and Pilot gel pens or Bic disposable pencils, depending on the topic of the notebook. Oh yes, the rituals . . . 😉

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Dianne,

      What is a Moleskine notebook? I’ve never heard of this and you have me intrigues.
      Also, you know all the work I did fixing up my art room? I thought you would appreciate the fact that I just completely cleaned it out so my daughter can move back in. How ironic, huh?

  3. Eve says:

    Enjoyed your blog!

  4. duke1959 says:

    Here is the answer to your question. http://www.moleskineus.com/

  5. lifeafter39 says:

    Reading your post was a nice way to start Monday morning. Thanks!

  6. william kendall says:

    So I’m not the only one who likes the Pentel RSVP, huh?

    • JoDee Luna says:

      William,

      I’m so excited to find another Pental RSVP lover. What is it about that pen? If I can’t find mine, I get all wiggy. I even had my husband buy me an entire pack of them so I will never be without. Thanks for sharing your…uh hum…pen passion.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Shelly, and as always…I appreciate your positive comments. I write these pieces and after posting think, “Did that make any sense?” It sure is reaffirming to receive comments letting me know someone got it. Thanks.

  7. Shelly says:

    As always I love your blogging.

    Shelly

  8. duke1959 says:

    no problem. anything to help!

  9. slamdunk says:

    Plugging away at those dreams on step at a time is the way to succeed. Good work in having a business plan to map your journey–you all are going places.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Thanks for the encouraging comment, slamdunk. I like the “…one step at a time…” motto. I’m also glad you enjoyed my son’s safari pics. He is living the dream, and I am living vicariously through his adventures.

  10. I want so badly to spend time writing every morning. I wish I could find the motivation to spend my time doing that each day. I have done it for short periods before and enjoyed it a lot!

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Sidebar Review, what got me hooked on writing every morning was Julia Cameron’s book The Right to Write. She explained how difficult it would be for the first three weeks but if you persist, the flow of creativity would start. I’m such a literalist that I did it religiously and she was soooo right. I’m addicted now.

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