Last month my husband and I took our yearly “leaf-looking” drive. One Saturday each fall we hop in the car and spend the day searching out trees displaying hues of stunning reds, burnt oranges, and bright yellows. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.
We landed in a town an hour and a half away. After our lunch in their local Mexican restaurant, I couldn’t help but notice the cute boutique across the street. Its windows were filled with everything autumn, and what caught my attention the most was the chalkboard sign on the sidewalk in front indicating they had the “best caramel apples” inside.
It didn’t take long for me to learn this would become my new favorite place to shop. On-trend clothing styles, reasonable prices, unique gift items, and yes, the best caramel apples around. But, what I appreciated the most was the story behind it all. The lone sales clerk gave us the highlights. The owner had become unemployed, and after some passing of time, she decided to follow her dream of opening her own store, and voila!
I was standing smack-dab in the middle of another woman’s dream.
Many years ago I learned a valuable, truth-filled tip.
When you help another achieve his or her dreams you are better equipped to achieve your own.
I may not have helped this unknown woman achieve her dream, but after learning her story, I knew I wanted to help her continue it.
I believe each of us has a dream that’s buried inside of us. Some of us have buried it so deep, we’ve forgotten all about it. Some of us are too scared to let it free, because goodness, what would happen if it grew wings? And, some of us see reality and it appears our dream has no place in it, so it’s better left tucked away.
But, not this woman. Not this beautiful boutique owner. She was brave enough to let her dream free, and it grew mighty wings. I could guess how much her dream blessed her community there on the corner, but it also blessed me who happened upon her store–and her story–one Saturday afternoon in October.
Choosing an army green vest and a tie-dye cold-shoulder blouse (and a caramel apple) was my way of helping her continue her dream. You can bet each time I wear these items I think of her and rejoice. I’m reminded of what a gift it is to help others in their dreams.
Helping others achieve/continue their dreams helps us achieve ours.
Doing so provides us an awareness of our own dreams. If someone else can do it, so can we!
It spurs us on to treat others as we want to be treated. We’d all appreciate someone helping us achieve our dreams!
Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! Luke 6:31 MSG
As we bless others in their dreams, we can’t help but be blessed in return!
Look around you today. Who can you support? Who’s the one who might benefit from your encouragement?
The mom and pop grocery store around the corner?
The photographer who’s just starting his business?
Maybe the woman who is stepping out into ministry?
Or, maybe it’s the child knocking on your door to sell you a tin of popcorn for school.
Let’s be about helping others achieve their dreams.
I hope to meet this woman someday. I look forward to encouraging her in person. Even though her boutique is an hour and a half away, I plan to return again soon! And, hopefully, they’ll still have caramel apples!
Shared by: Julie Lefebure