The first day of 2011 was all about staying unplugged & allowing some space that breeds yummy goodness. As a result, a question that I’ve pondered many, many times before in my life got new room to stretch.
Deepak Chopra asked: ‘If you had all the time & all the money in the world, what would you do?’
As the question popped out of Ether to me again on the first day of the new decade, just for fun, I started imagining myself as someone who has 7 million dollars. Yes, A 7 MILLION DOLLAR GIRL! Throughout the day I kept asking myself – ‘what would I do if I were a 7 million dollar girl!?’
Other than I walked taller & immediately felt like getting out of my bummy clothes for that extra shot of [imagined] confidence, new light shone through some thick old fears.
For those of you who know about Sneha Foundation, I’ve identified that as my calling almost a decade ago. So there’s really nothing new at this point of my life to discover as a new vocation. However, in the past few years, the progress was staggered as I kept getting tripped up worrying about the HOW. As i look back now, much could’ve been accomplished earlier had I kept taking the next step on faith instead of wanting to see the HOW first.
As i played with the question, I witnessed in wonder as light bulbs were getting turned on the ‘HOW’ part of the shenanigan.
Here’s how the last two days have brought new light to the above question & made it clear to me that i really don’t need more money than i have or can earn on my own in order to live my dreams. I reveal them at the risk of getting huge backlashes. See where this process could be similar to your gig & if you can make a slight dent on the block to let some light in!
Old Fear # 1: I am not ‘good enough’ when it comes to spearheading such a mammoth project. I mean, how the hell am I supposed to get into all the nitty-gritty of so many aspects of it? [plug in your problem here. New career/line of study making you coo coo?]
NEW LIGHT: Hello! How could I ever let the very evident idea of a team / hired hands slip through my neural pathways?! We’re NEVER supposed to do it alone & can always find help. Besides, I’ve had enough evidence on how the Universe just brought people out of the woodworks who came on board & made Sneha their personal dream & moved it forward! I was brought back to the quote that I carry in my mind:
‘Do not worry about HOW. It is all taken care of for you as long as you do your part of thinking, acting, speaking and being in accordance with that dream. Just dream, visualize, and then start DOING SOMETHING.’
Bottom line: Help is closer than you think. You just need to find it. Look right under your nose!
Old Fear # 2: I don’t like shoulder rubbing with the so called ‘socialites’ of BD who are morally compromised. How can I get things done without networking with ‘them’? Besides, it’s hard to find capable people to work with in BD who are effective & result oriented![I know, even I shudder at seeing how plain ridiculous it looks once put in words!][are you comparing your work or worth to someone else's measure?]
NEW LIGHT: I don’t need to ‘rub shoulders’ with ANYONE who is not on similar alignment with my values, ethical standards, belief system or preferred lifestyle. Like Pam Slim says, ‘There is only one person you need to get on your side — and that is yourself. Anyone else is gravy.’Moreover, as team players i can very well attract brilliant open minds who are non-compromising on keeping their souls while being highly efficient in doing what they do.
Bottom line: Your peeps are out there, even if you don’t see them yet. Once you start moving on faith, they will come out of the woodworks!
Old fear # 3: I can’t live in BD with Ariana. After all, from the best city to live in the world to the worst [according to a recent survey, don’t bite me!] is plain madness. [Are you using change of location as an excuse?]
NEW LIGHT: Madness it is. But who ever said the road to our dreams is paved on smooth stones? I can build a small house on site of the Sneha facility, decorate it the way i want, find some cool teachers who will help me home-school & do extra-curricular activities with Ariana. We can get a few dogs, maybe a horse for her – hey, why not? I have 7 Milles, remember?! It takes wayyyy less to fulfill the worthwhile dreams! At least, I’ll give it an honest try.
Bottom line: Go where your dreams will take you. No matter how scary.
Old fear # 4 What if the Children’s Home project – upbringing + education system + the entire kaboodle end up as a mediocre, no-thing special? [Fear of your trials not being 'worth it'?]
NEW LIGHTt: This is where I got the most excited! I can design a new system! It’s broad-day-light-clear to me how it’s so very possible to develop an education system that’s based on REAL education and not on mere bookish knowledge. A system that embodies the everyday living of human values & virtues, deep understanding of the Universal Laws, philosophies of living an authentic life, meditation, movement, eating earthly produces and overall – becoming deeply conscious as human beings. Where children will need to master the philosophies elaborated in Nepolean Hills ‘Think & Grow Rich’ before they pass high school. As I’m writing this, I’m getting goose bumps seeing how possible & practical this is. Call me a shameless idealist, but the time has come. Look around the world, don’t you agree?
Bottom line: Don’t let the ju ju of ‘what’s the point in doing it’ hold you back.
Old fear # 5 – Can I REALLY do it? [this one gets us all, doesn't it?]
NEW LIGHT: I KNOW I’ll meet all different kinds of failures on the way & my nose will get bloody. What I also know is that I can keep taking tiny consistent turtle steps regardless. Cos’ if i don’t do this, there’s not much else to do in life. Really. I just can’t not do it. If I keep at it, by the Universal Law, it’s bound to happen. I know it. God told me so.
Bottom line: Just do it!
I’ve been oxy-moronically calm & excited at the same time since yesterday. Thanks for not booing at me after seeing some of my ugly beliefs/fears & for allowing me space & consideration in your mind to openly fly my freak flag!
Now let me ask YOU the question: What would YOU do if time, money & geographical location were not a problem? What dreams would see the light of the world? Would you give those dreams a chance?
What would YOU do if you were The 7 Million Dollar Girl / Guy?