By: Darrelyn L. TuttDecember's a month composed of a lot of bells and whistles:There are gifts to exchange, parties to attend, programs to enjoy, and a host of celebratory events to choose from.There are lights to be strung, Christmas trees to be bought, a house to decorate, cookies to bake, and a Christ to worship.Hmmm ...Plain and simple, if you don't prioritize what truly matters in December, you'll get snowed under with Frosty.Prioritizing is a prerequisite for those of us who desire greater substance than the gifts beneath the tree.Things like dreams, goals, desires, and pursuits brush notably against the bustling soul and remind it of much deeper yearnings. They waken it to potential, possibility, and empowerment. There is so much "more." The soul knows this and breathes a sigh of relief.Before we roll into the New Year and lose track of time in the old, let's address the beauty of dreams and desires hidden within and wake ourselves to the "gift" of realizing those dreams.December's Acrostic:D - DARE TO DREAM.The familiar game of "Truth and Dare" is played with two basic concepts in mind: The selection of "truth" induces a "telling" of something;the selection of "dare" induces a "doing" of something.To dream is to "dare" and should not be a word viewed as idle.The "Dare to Dream" must accompany a strategy and steps for the realization of it. With this in mind ... we launch the rest of December's acrostic letters.------E - EXERTION OF ENERGYA dream in the "telling" without the energy to perform it is fruitless. We must begin to implement an exertion of energy toward our dream in order to experience the fulfillment of it.If one's dream is to run a marathon, then now is the time to begin training for the marathon.If one's dream is to write a book, then daily blogging might prove a wise investment preceding the actual writing of the book.Dreams are realized through an exertion of energy and they reciprocate fuel and energy into our everyday lives.Dreams beautify and give off a healthy glow, notably refined and defined in the aging process.Consider older individuals deemed beautiful and whether "dreams" are not active enhancements which energize.------C - COMPANY The company you keep will result in the dreams that you reap.If you wish to run a marathon, companions who have already completed a marathon will greatly energize you;while this is just plain common sense it's also worth impressing.Companions ought to be individuals who are actively charged and engaged in dreams of their own with a contribution to catapulting us to dreams of ours.Camaradie is fostered beautifully and forcefully through dream attainment.-------EM - EMBRACE MORE Embrace new stimuli!Expose yourself to more resources regarding your "dream arena."1) Order a monthly subscription to a magazine which contributes to an excitement of realizing your dream. 2) Visit the library and read accounts of individuals who aspired to more and achieved greatness in the same "dream arena" as you.3) Make purchases and investments in your "dream arena" that contribute to building momentum in the realizing of the dream.4) Pay attention to what stimulates and whets your appetite for your "dream" and then encourage "sensory" involvement.Something so small as a scent, location, or drive has the potential to motivate us toward the actualizing of a dream.Embrace More!-------B - BEGIN NOWProcrastination is a dream destroyer.Every minute you deliberate on whether your dream has value or is worth the time, you're wasting precious energy.Negative energy is never going to assist the fulfillment of a dream; refuse it and engage in productive energy of your dream NOW.One active step toward your dream, this moment, will invite a host of new possibilities into you and launch you into notable new living patterns.-------E - ENVELOPE YOUR DREAMYes and literally, reach for an "envelope" that normally transfers a bill payment, and write the name of your dream and the date you'd like to achieve it inside.Leave the envelope open and contribute items and steps taken that get you nearer your dream on a weekly basis. Date achievements and steps taken toward your dream and measure tangible "progresses" toward it.This is a fun, active, concrete, and stimulating activity that aids remarkably in the achievement of a dream.It's amazing what a 4.13 x 9.5 envelope can hold.Mmmm ....-------R - REFRESH YOURSELFDreams have a refreshing effect;they keep the soul young, the mind active, and the body healthy.Refresh yourself with at least one new dream this year.Accept your originality and creativity as a gift from God and dare to be different than everyone else in the "dream department."-------THE "DARE TO DREAM" challenge has been presented you;now I urge you to go somewhere with it, dear friend.Live the life God intended you to live and be energized in the beauty and development of the dream He's placed inside of you.Who knows ...Maybe we'll find ourselves "arm in arm" and "face to face" on the journey.Visit my CONTACT PAGE and explore the possibilities!December Dreams ...--------"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."-C.S. Lewis
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