I believe in dreams. Dreaming and working hard can help us realize our heart’s desires. On the other hand I’ve seen many hard-working dreamers who never reach all their goals and consequently feel they’ve failed. As a mother I urged my children to choose work they loved. That way, the work, itself, would be a dream fulfilled, and whatever followed would be lagniappe, that something extra with which we are occasionally gifted.
My own work has been a dream come true. I still, all these novels later, need to pinch myself to be sure that my job, that thing for which I’m paid enough to feed my family, is actually writing and publishing. Whatever else comes from it? Lagniappe.
I’ll confess, though, that for many years, I’ve been working toward two other dreams. One of them was to own a summer cottage at Chautauqua Institution, so friends and family could gather and enjoy time together in that beautiful place. Every year when I visited, I scanned classifieds and stopped by houses that were for sale, but never took that final step.
Oddly enough, it seems an author can take a lesson from her own work. Happiness Key, out this summer, made me consider my own personal keys to happiness. Like so many of you who shared yours on this blog, I realized the important keys were already in place. To remind myself, I slid my real keys on a “happiness keychain,” like the ones I presented in the beach bag giveaway, and decided to put those two dreams of mine in my back pocket while I appreciated the many blessings I already have.
What is it about letting go? This summer we decided just to enjoy ourselves during a month at Chautauqua and forget long range plans. We spent our weeks there ignoring open houses. Then, out of the mists, the right house appeared. Just like that. It would not be ignored.
The key to that house has been on my happiness keychain since Friday, when we signed the final papers. The house is zipped up in awnings awaiting better weather, when we’ll spend our first night inside. “She” was built in 1895, a real Victorian lady with quirks and wear and character. And porches? She has enough to make even this fanatic happy. I hope to write many books in an old wicker chair on the side porch, while I keep track of my neighborhood doings. See if I don’t.
You’ve generously shared the things in your life that make you happy. For the rest of November, will you do it again? Please comment on any of my blog entries and tell me about a time in your life when a dream came true unexpectedly. I’ll nod along and smile. If you comment on your dream, I’ll also enter you in a drawing to win one of two lucky pewter “happiness keychains,” just like mine, along with an autographed copy of Happiness Key.
I’ll confess I’m a bit superstitious about these keychains now, and I want to pass on the good luck. To comment, just click on “comments” (in red) at the top of this or any blog. You’ll read what other people had to say, plus find a place to add your own. Let’s share those good memories.
Oh, I did say I had “two” dreams, didn’t I? Keep checking my blog. If my second dream comes true, as well, I promise you’ll be the first ones to know. And if it does?
I might just go into the happiness keychain business.