What do you think of the law of attraction? I believe that when you put your ideas, thoughts and visions out there in a place where others can see them, more connections begin to naturally happen with those things that you are inclined towards. As one of my Gather coworkers mentioned, it’s as though you are giving voice to your ideas, which may have otherwise been buried in our subconscious. It’s allowing others (and yourself) to see and react and interact with those ideas, which can be a really powerful and affirming thing in your life. Gather has been a great example in my life of that theory in practice.
Recently, I decided to sit down and write out a list of my wildest dreams, something that at times in the past few years, I felt unable to even imagine. In part because I was (and am) living out a dream I’ve long had, I felt like what more can there be to dream for? Owning a space like Gather has been something I dreamt about and imagined when I was young but was never sure how all those pieces would fit together – it’s sort of amazing how they did. And I am grateful and content living them out now but I also know that in order to grow I do need new dreams too. The other part that was blocking me from imaging big things was the fact that I’ve just been too overwhelmed with tasks and the business of running a business, and even parenthood to feel like I had room in my head for more expansive thoughts.
But, I had a moment of clarity a few days ago when I realized that a lot of things I used to write and journal about when I was an angst-ridden teen, when all I did was dream about the future, had strangely come true. How just writing these ideas many, many years ago helped form a roadmap in my mind of what I wanted and didn’t. And I thought about what it could mean if I allowed myself to dream in that way now. So, I took the time to make a list full of pie in the sky dreams, many of which I have no idea how they could ever happen. And you know what’s crazy? The very next day, one of those wild, outlandish ideas I had written out started to become a reality. A conversation led itself directly into an opportunity that was on my list. How strange, amazing and beautiful such “coincidences” are. If only I allowed myself more time to appreciate and cultivate such thoughts and not write them off as just foolish ramblings, imagine how much more fulfilling life could continue to be.