But Heaven forbid we would do those Sunday Sessions without a bigger “hanging-mobile” plan for life.
” as well as a kind of “help kit” that some people bought to help them on their journey of setting goals to get to their dreams and visions of life. When Dave and I first got married we started our own 3-ring binder filled with all kinds of goals and plans based on his ideas.
Some little examples of our planning…keep in mind there is a whole binder full of this stuff.
This is from nearly 20 years ago.
This is intentionally a little blurry…just to give an idea of the “self-programing” words I envisioned would be wonderful qualities I wanted to gain.
So this year, after we sat down and did our “New Years Resolutions” for Family Home Evening one night and I started seeing my kid’s goals full of artistically-drawn-up resolutions that had already fallen off mirrors, got lost in the homework shuffle, etc., I decided it was time:
We would keep it much more simple…exactly the way that first binder of mine was set up back when I was a teenager.
By 2005 we would be living in Boston with 6 kids renting out a home in California we had lived in already.
And by this “stage” we’re in right now, we’d be back in California with our SEVEN kids.
Some things came true. Others shifted and changed and heaved and jolted more than we could have ever imagined. But I’m so grateful for that plan.
I explained to the kids that you make new plans along the way. But you have to start somewhere and have a vision. I believe that goals and dreams help you seek out your divine purpose in life by helping you START SOMEWHERE, and KEEP MOVING (I’ve mentioned before how Dave came up with that wing-dinger of a phrase a few years ago and I love it.) It’s too bad we don’t have a crystal ball that will show us our future…we can’t know what it holds. But God does. And I believe He wants to help us get there if we work on progressing any way we know how.
With that I gave them their binders.
We started out with “Lifetime Goals” or “Dreams.” Anything they think they might want to do in life.
Then we went to 10-year descriptions of what they think they’ll be doing in ten years.
Then using those two as frameworks they wrote 5-year goals:
Then one-month. Lucy’s was my favorite:
That girl has some BIG dreams this month I tell you!
Keep in mind that these are just works in progress. This is all just a little seed to grow on. But those “seeds” have sparked some interest in planning and dreaming.
I switched out the binders to something a little more sturdy and they are lined up in our homework cabinet to work on each month on Fast Sunday.
The plan is to have the kids take them out and work on re-evaluating, doing a new monthly plan, and REMEMBERING (I adore that word) the big picture. Dave and I are working on our own binders to go along with them…all the old stuff is pretty out of date. I’ve always loved this quote:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
–Henry David Thoreau
How grateful I am for those dreams Dave and I set into action all those years ago and the path those visions have helped us find along the way.
I’m so hoping this will be a way for all of us to remember our hopes and dreams and reach for the stars to shine any way we can in this little thing called LIFE.