With bloated hopes, you share
ideas. Each word a chosen
pearl. On velvet air,
great thoughts pour
forth. Your mind a dervish
whirl. Can greatness be so far
behind, with wisdom such
as this? Step back
oh, wizened one, a most creative
bliss. One day, you say, a smile
in play, awards will all
be won. Your confidence wrapped
up in silk,
Blue Ribbon dreams are
For months, I bombarded friends and relatives with my excitement over winning a blue ribbon. The prized ribbon was for a speech I wrote and recited before my Toastmasters’ group. My fear of speaking in front of an audience wasn’t caused by my inability to do so but by the belief I had nothing of importance to say.
Even after I decided it was high time I became a better speaker, my next speech fell flat. I was unable to project the sincerity of my beliefs, with good reason. I had worthwhile ideas to share, but I didn’t have the confidence to express those ideas with conviction.
Then I wrote a speech that focused on what consumes my life: writing. It was a good speech. I practiced the words while dreaming of winning a blue ribbon. The day I gave the speech, I had the confidence needed to deserve a blue ribbon.
Yes, having blue ribbon dreams can be fun. Especially if the dream leads to action that moves you toward your goal. Take a moment to imagine yourself in a successful role, draped with confidence. Once you lock in that vision of success, can greatness be so far behind?
This type of dreaming isn’t the same as living in a fantasy world. Dreaming of success is a first step, not a destination.
Dream it, realize it, then enjoy it.