Dream Big

I recent­ly had the priv­i­lege of watch­ing my daugh­ter com­pete in a horse show. She was so excit­ed to spend the entire day with her beloved favorite ani­mal. It required us to get up ear­ly and dri­ve an hour and a half so we could be there with plen­ty of time to spare.

Upon arrival, the excite­ment in the air was buzzing with young peo­ple of all ages eager­ly wait­ing their turn. My daugh­ter quick­ly made her­self busy immers­ing her­self in the expe­ri­ence. She didn’t hold any­thing back or expend any ener­gy on any­thing but what was right in front of her. She was whol­ly engaged with life in the moment of pur­su­ing her dream.

How many of us can say the same thing? We each have dreams that sim­mer some­where deep with­in. But are you pur­su­ing your dream with focus and deter­mi­na­tion?

One of the inter­est­ing things that hap­pened that day was a par­tic­u­lar young lady that was ener­gized and enthu­si­as­tic about rid­ing a rather large horse! I watched as she entered the ring when called. She cir­cled sev­er­al times and all seemed well. Then the most unex­pect­ed thing hap­pened. The horse bucked and she was thrown to the ground. Gasps echoed through the room as we wait­ed for her to get up and they tried to catch the horse. She rose and dust­ed her­self off as grace­ful­ly as she could. Then, she got back on! In anoth­er class, she got bucked off again! The sec­ond time it took her a lit­tle longer to get back up but she did none the less.  The deter­mi­na­tion and focus she dis­played even in the face of pain and dif­fi­cul­ty was inspir­ing to watch.

Then it was my daughter’s turn to go out in the ring and dis­play her skill and abil­i­ty. Her horse jumped the first hur­dle with ease but some­where between land­ing the first jump and lin­ing up for the sec­ond jump her foot came out of the stir­rup. There are many fac­tors involved in suc­cess­ful­ly jump­ing a horse. One of those fac­tors is the lever­age one acquires with the stir­rups. I watched with some trep­i­da­tion as she went over the next jump and clung with all her might to her horse. She land­ed and very quick­ly reclaimed the lost stir­rup. She recov­ered from a fum­ble that could have end­ed with her flat on her back. Her deter­mi­na­tion to stay the course no mat­ter what made her a vic­tor. She beamed with per­son­al sat­is­fac­tion know­ing she did her best even in the face of what could have been a fail­ure to stay seat­ed.

Both of the­se girls had chal­lenges they had to over­come. In the face of great dif­fi­cul­ties, they did not back down but instead relent­less­ly pur­sued their dreams. They were focused and deter­mined.

We can all learn some­thing about relent­less­ly and per­sis­tent­ly pur­su­ing our dreams and ambi­tions. With so many dis­trac­tions to get in the way I want to encour­age you to stay focused and even though many things may seem out of reach…stretch for the stars. If you take a tum­ble and things don’t turn out like you had hoped… get back up, dust your­self off,  and do it again! Don’t give up! Don’t quit! Dream big and reach for the stars!

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