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10 Ways to be Fruitful When the Garden is Burning

Whether you live in a part of the world where you endure the hot, dry days of summer, or somewhere that is like paradise every day, we all know what those hot, dry spells feel like in our life. Someone “turned up the heat” and suddenly, our life feels like a pressure cooker. Things that “flowed” yesterday become cracked, dry, stream beds. The last thing you feel is “fruitful” or productive. I’ve come to recognize that there are 10 universal factors to whether or not you reap an abundant harvest after a hot, dry spell. So while you can’t control the temperature. Or the rainfall. You CAN control your growing conditions and your mindset. In fact, you can control everything on this list. Let’s begin! 1.) Know your true nature and its value. A tomato doesn’t try to be an apple (even if it IS technically a fruit.) Are you perfectly clear on what kind of fruit you’re meant to bear? Can you articulate to yourself and others how lusciously sweet and juicy you’re going to be? If you CAN you’ll have people showing up with watering cans to make sure your buds don’t drop off before they turn into red, ripe globes! 2.) Know your ideal environment. I know the saying, “bloom wherever you are” and I’ve done that too. But how much more fruitful will you be if you’re planted in the ideal environment, for YOU? When I tried to bloom in spite of being in an environment that wasn’t conducive to my growth, I produced a few blossoms. When I demanded of my self a move...

Fantasy to the Rescue!

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney Ah, the things we fantasized about as children! Before anyone told us we were just being silly, when we still believed in talking mice and Hobbits, and thought being a nurse or a firefighter would be exciting but not really work. A time when we believed that the only reason we couldn’t do anything was because a grownup said “no” and that when we were the grownups we would be able to do anything we wanted. Then we grew up. In my last article we explored the four steps to moving a fantasy through the stages of dreaming to visioning to creating a reality. Every time I speak about this at least one person says “but some fantasies just aren’t possible.” And when they say that a lot of other people nod sagely. Well someone forgot to tell Walt Disney that talking mice weren’t possible. Millions of kids show up to talk to Micky and Minnie every year. And Peter Jackson created a world where Hobbits came to life along with Dwarves, Elves and Orcs. To some people, being a nurse or a firefighter might be so exciting and enjoyable that the effort doesn’t feel like work. I think one of the best guides to telling you who you are, and I think children use it all the time for this purpose, is fantasy. ~ Peter Shaffer Indulging in a rich, unedited fantasy life is as essential to the creative wellspring as food is to physical function. When we say “that’s impossible” or “I...

From Fantasy to Reality in Four Steps

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. ~ Terry Pratchett ……. “When dreams and expectations are too far apart the dreams will remain only fantasies.” ~ me Remember childhood fantasies? Of meeting fairies and leprechauns or King Arthur’s knights. Of winning a Grammy or an Oscar or Rookie of the Year. Of saving the nation or rescuing the damsel in distress. We all had those stories in which we played a starring role, in which we were that show-stealing, special someone who always had a happy ending. Remember dreams? Marrying the dream girl or guy, landing the dream job, buying the dream house, taking the dream vacation and then finally retiring to the dream estate on the beach or in the mountains or in some romantic European city. In one of the most remembered speeches in history, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream.” Think about how differently that might have been received if he had said “I fantasize about.” I would even contend that Dr. King didn’t just have a dream, he had a true vision; one that he was willing to put his life’s energy into realizing and one that is still being realized today. What separates fantasies from dreams and dreams from visions and visions from realities? Escapism to Commitment - A fantasy is a story that begins with “if only.” There are a lot of people who fantasize about living a life of leisure on a private island. That private island is a place they escape to in...