All of us dream of it. Many of us talk about it. Some of us even plan it. But, only a very few will ever pursue it.
I recently attended the ReImagine Conference in Irvine, CA., where we heard from a collection of some of the most passionate, brave, and generous creatives (think Disney, Pixar, Cirque du Solei, brand managers, musicians...) that could be assembled in one room. The 3 day conference was beyond inspiring, it was transforming. Much of what I heard, and have been “unpacking” over the last week will completely alter the course of my art, my relationships, and my Faith. It may sound like hyperbole, but that’s the kind of experience it truly was.
Have you ever been on a trip, returned home,and just put your suitcase against the wall while you transition back into real life? Figuratively that’s what happened to me and the ReImagine Conference. As soon as the conference was over, I had to travel the following week. But I finally had an opportunity to reflect back on ReImagine. At the conference they called it “unpacking”; the process of going back and reviewing, processing, and considering all that was shared.
Two big concepts jumped out at me. Conquering Fear, and Taking Action. So, here it goes. Is the website perfect? No. Is my social media strategy all mapped out and in place? No. Do I have all the answers to the infinite list of questions I have? No. Is everything going to work? No. Where will it lead? Who knows.
As I was writing in my journal, I wrote these words:
“Chasing a dream is like trying to catch water in your hands, or catch a shadow (to borrow from Peter Pan). Do you ever really catch it? Or, is it the pursuit, and personal transformation that follows, that’s the real purpose. There are pitfalls, traps, enemies, dangers, risk, perils, unseen challenges, and bandits. Achievement of the goal is far from guaranteed. Actually, the odds of success are slim. And whatever success is achieved is likely to look very different than imagined.
Eventually, the pursuit becomes the mission. The journey becomes the goal itself. Once the story is tied to the purpose, success begins to reveal itself. The story becomes the art, and the art leads to the calling.”
I realized as I was “unpacking”, that I was actu ally packing for an adventure. I was unpacking for the path less traveled.
I would love to hear who else is on this journey