Are you wrestling with your dream? Wonder why your dream seems so far away? Are you afraid to loosen your grip on your dream because you’ve invested time, effort, even money?Well I’m here to tell you…sometimes, it’s okay to step away from your dream. In fact, it can be really valuable.Click To Tweet
Stepping away from your dream helps you gain clarity, makes a new direction possible, and even makes room for God to do things with your dream that you could never do while holding on.
I’ve just come out of a stepping away season. I’ve had dreams of writing a book, a few books in fact for years. And blogging kept me close to that dream. But for a time, I stopped writing and stepped into some other opportunities. In my case, I didn’t exactly decide I was stepping away from this dream of writing, but my yeses to a few other projects left me with little time and space for writing.
I didn’t really miss writing for a while. I was too busy to think about it much.
A few thoughts crossed my mind from time to time, “Maybe I’m not really a writer anymore.” “Maybe I don’t have anything to write about.” “Maybe my writing dream was for a season that’s over.”
I wasn’t thrilled about this.
I was a little sad. What about all those dreams that had to do with writing?
A little regretful. Maybe if I was more dedicated like some of my friends, I’d have a book by now.
A little puzzled. For so many years, I focused so much effort on communicating through writing…was that all for naught?
It’s like that quote from Khalil Gibran, “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
I’m applying my dream of writing to Gibran’s philosophy, “If you have a dream, but you find you’re not fulfilling it, then let it go for a season. If the dream returns, it was always yours. If not, perhaps it never was…or has already served its purpose.”
Space has opened up for me again. I have some time to think. And my thoughts go toward what I want to write about, which is the first step of writing. It’s the marinating phase – the writing that goes on in our heads before we put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
I’m preparing to write again. I’m gaining clarity about what I will write in this season. Shifting my writing direction to suit my current goals and season of life. God has taken away some concerns that are clearing a path to return to writing renewed, refreshed, and redirected.
I’m thinking about the words I will regret not writing.
This dream of writing that faded for a while has returned. And I’ve realized life will bring ebbs and flows of busyness, projects that take us away from our dreams. But if it’s really a dream that’s meant to be fulfilled, it will not go away forever. It will return and return again because it’s actually meant to be. It has a purpose in our lives and we’re the one assigned to fulfill it.
So if you’ve hit a dry spell, are too busy to pursue your dream right now, or have gotten off track and feel like you’ll never get back on, try not to worry.
Here are a few steps you can take until you find your way back to your dream and it finds its way back to you:
- Hold your dreams loosely with open hands.
- Practice peace in this season by consciously letting go.
- Trust that if this dream is really for you, you will return to it until it’s fulfilled.
- Know that God will make a way. He’s the author of our dreams.
Are you feeling far away from your dream? I’d love to hear about it and pray for you.
Shared by: Elise Daly Parker