I have written about a plan for creating a support structure for alternative healers. As I have begun work on this project one mentor and I have injected a consideration into my planning. The project is too big and I will never finish it.
The mentor estimated 8 years to get it off the ground. That estimate was based on the breadth of the final support structure. I immediately thought he was right. I began to follow his suggestion to cut the plan back to just one single piece of the structure I envisioned.
Then I began to question why I had so easily agreed with his advice. The need is for the entire structure. The plan for the entire structure is practical. Eight years is not that long a time. The project can deliver great benefits to the clients, to the practitioners and to me. So, why did I consider abandoning my dream so quickly?
I forgot one of the very basic principles in my personal philosophy. I stepped completely out of the “Now”. I began to live and worry in the future. I introduced fear into the plan. The thing pushed me into the future and fear was my age. Will I live long enough to do it?
Why did I make that such a big consideration? I had already planned to develop the system and train my replacement at the same time. I knew that it was not practical to build the entire structure at once. I think what happened was I let some very good advice knock me off balance.
I attend an Eckhart Tolle discussion group. A recent topic was how difficult it is to remain focused on the “Now” when we are troubled. One of the thoughts that evolved was “this is when the focus is the most valuable.” This is true. The “Now” is not a place to hide from the future, or run from the past. It is the time to be and to act.
Our present action does create the future. One of the considerations in our choice of action can be how to create so that our absence will not end our creation. One of Tolle’s primary teachings is that focus on the future as the point of our happiness creates fear. The simple possibility of our absence from that future should not be the fear that prevents action now.
I had a similar dilemma a few years ago. I really wanted a motorcycle. I had ridden for years then sold my last bike. I kept thinking that I wanted to ride again. Then I would tell myself, I was too old to ride. One day I asked myself, “How much younger do you need to be to start riding, again?” Two weeks after that I bought the motorcycle. I had five good years of riding after that.
I am going to start creating my dream, now.

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