Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
I like to fancy myself as Snow White. And sometimes I am. Unfortunately, I'm sometimes also the Evil Queen, looking into the mirror of "all about me," wondering when my dreams will come true.
Yet some of my best dreams have transpired when I wasn't gazing at me, but rather in the mirror of possibilities for others. My dream, for example, of working on Wall Street, was a consequence of attending to my husband's dream of getting his PhD at Columbia. Finding a way to love the piano again came as I accompanied Macy Robison when she performed Children Will Listen. Meanwhile, my long-held dream of writing a book came about as I encouraged others to dream. More importantly, when I hear the stories of people's dreams, I find myself whistling while I work.
If you don't know what your dream is, take a look at what you love to do for those you love – you just may find you inside your fairy tale.
Are there situations or circumstances when you are less likely to look in the "mirror of me" and more likely to look at the possibilities for others?
Which of your dreams have been activated as you attended to others?