It’s going to happen. Any time you’re chasing a dream, prepare yourself for onsets of fatigue. But you just because it happens, doesn’t mean you must succumb to it. You may get tired, but you need not feel defeated.
One of the best ways I’ve found to refill myself (an empty cup has nothing to pour into others), is to spend a little quiet time outdoors. I feel very blessed to live in a rural bedroom community surrounded by nature at her Missouri best.
There’s something beautifully healing when we get outside, where we can see far and wide, and can breathe in serenity. But why do space and tranquility matter?
Because that’s where real restoration comes from–and you will require periods of restoration if you’re going to successfully make your dreams come true, and maintain them when you do.
A mere fifteen minutes a day can be enough to help you breathe deeper and feel stronger. Dream chasers know when to pause as well as when to push. They also know the value of scheduling outdoor rejuvenations. Here are some of my favorites.
- Regular nature walks, preferably under trees and near water.
- Sitting on my front porch, watching the squirrels play and listening to the birds dialogue.
- Floating/paddling down a river or on a lake . . . I prefer a sit on top kayak, but tubing, rafting, and canoeing all work great, as well.
- Going on a more intensive hike, deeper into the woods on a well-defined trail where I’m more likely to see wildlife in its natural setting.
- Driving through mountains, taking in the magnificence of boulders bigger than houses, trees taller than skyscrapers, and streams purer than distilled water.
- Lounging on a beach with closed eyes, as the waves crash onto the sandy shore.
- And if I’m traveling in a city, where nature is hidden by asphault, glass, and steel, visiting an aquarium, park, or botanical garden.
Wherever you are, you can drink in nature’s medicinal brew, something that can revive you when you feel like giving up. It happens to all of us. Tending Your Dreams will sometimes take a toll, but with intentionality, a momentary drop in energy can be transformed into an opportunity to refill your cup. When exhaustion threatens to drain you, stop, pause, and get outdoors. Then you’ll be equipped to begin again. When was the last time you spent time outside?
Do you notice the birds singing, the wind swaying the trees, or the squirrels chattering as they jump from branch to branch? Nature is the original Dream Tender.