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Hopes and Dreams Jar

A little over seven years ago, I thought life was pretty crappy.  My grandfather died unexpectantly at home, the same day he died my husband and I split up, I became extremely ill and wasn't even allowed to be left at home by myself and had to move back in with my parents.  I was trying to raise two kids by myself  while I had this ever present "you could die" cloud hanging over my head.  It wasn't fun in the least bit.
My mom had taken a mini-vacation up to Washington to visit her sister and when she came home she brought with her a cute little magnetic jar with Hopes and Dreams written on it.  It was absolutely adorable.  My mom  told me it was for my hopes and dreams and I should write them on a piece of paper and put it inside the jar and see what happens.
So, the first, second, third and fourth pieces of paper I wrote on all said the same thing.  "Go to Scotland".  Five months later I was flying over the Atlantic on my way to Scotland.  Now, I am not going to say that the little jar has magical powers and that is how I came to be in the land of my dreams, but on New Year's Eve when I opened my jar, it was funny to read all 4 pieces of paper with "Go to Scotland" on them.
Since 2001, my kids and I have had this little tradition of writing our hopes and dreams on little pieces of paper on New Year's Eve, opening the jar, reading our old ones, laughing at our silliness, smiling at the ones that came true, and placing our new hopes and dreams into the Hopes and Dreams jar.  We place it on the refrigerator so we can look at the jar every day, but we don't look inside.  We wait until New Year's Eve.  The ones that come true we burn outside and send the ashes up to Heaven so my grandpa can read them.
It has got to be one of the best ways to spend the passing of the old year.  My question to you is, "What are YOUR hopes and dreams?  How do you get your family involved and supporting your dreams?  What are you going to do about the ones you haven't vocalized yet?"
Spend a few minutes right now and write them down, tuck them away in a spot where you will be able to find them next year, and start dreaming!
Life is way too short!

posted on: 12/13/2007 9:30:00 AM by Suzanne Babb
category: Time Management

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As an organizational consultant, public speaker, and former radio talk show host, Suzanne helps individuals and businesses find their own Organizational Perfection! With a Coke in hand, she thrives on making the most of her time and tries to encourage those around her to do the same. Whether it is writing a "How To" book, traveling to Scotland to get her yearly dose of sexy Scotsmen, or speaking to a group of overwhelmed business owners, Suzanne offers the solutions you need to regain control of your life.

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