Last night I had the strangest dream. No, I didn’t sail away to China (vague Ace of Base reference)… in fact it wasn’t really even last night. It was a few nights ago, I just needed that song hook to catch your attention. And I didn’t really want to admit that it has not only been a month since you’ve read a post here, but it now takes me several days to actually go from mused to posted. (I.am.such a slacker!)
I’ve discovered a new show (don’t worry, we’ll get back to the post in a minute.. I haven’t put anything here in a long time and I have a lot to say, mkay??). No, it’s not the bachelorette. Manly guys like me would certainly never watch something like that, no matter how pathetic Bentley seems. (ahem… moving on)
The new show that I like is Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. And it’s not just because I feel like I need to be on that show. I love the transformation. I love that they show people who are sticking with something. I’m a huge fan (huge!) of instant gratification, and it really annoys me that I don’t lose 10 pounds after a good workout. And I also am a huge fan of achievement and reaching goals and getting what you want. (oh yes, that will play out quite nicely later in the post.. you just wait. wait for it… wait for it…)
So back to the dream (remember that?)
I dreamed I had to give a talk in church. Oh shut up! I’ve been to church! And I’ve actually spoken in church and (gasp) taught before. That’s right. Somewhere out there are poor lost souls who long, long ago had to have me for a Sunday School teacher. Poor kids. 🙁
So in the dream (I swear I couldn’t stay on track if I had rails) I was sitting in a church with amphitheater seating.. you know… sort of a semi-circle around the podium/stage/pulpit thing. I think it might have something to do with that little bit of an ego that I might have (no, really! You probably didn’t notice). As I sat there all quietly waiting for my turn to be called to center stage it dawned on me (still in the dream, btw) that I had left my talk home. Oh crap!
And as I sat there in my dream pew in my dream panic, it occurred to me that I write posts all the time. I could just sit there and write something to you (it’s what I do) and use that as a ‘inspired’ talk for the masses gathered there. And it was really quite calming to realize I could just whip out a piece of paper and my lucky pen and jot some thoughts down and know that some people would actually believe that I knew what I was talking about. I’m the king of fake it til you make it, ya know.
I remember enough about what I was jotting down there to know it was based on the whole “Dance like no one is watching” theme, but not much more beyond that. So when I did wake up, I had some thoughts about that running though my head. And it was one of those dreams that actually made sense (but then, everything seems like a good idea after 2am). And some of the feeling that I had there stuck with me, and kinda turned into (wait for it…) this post.
So I thought I’d share a few of those edge-of-dream thoughts with you here (in true d-list style).
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
— William W. Purkey… also attributed to Mark Twain and about half a dozen other people.
Good lines there, Mr Purkey/Twain/Everybody else, but I have a few to add to that. You ready? I need you to be ready. Well, I’m going ahead anyway… you come along when you’re ready.
* Drive like there’s no speed limit. (it’s my fav)
* Sleep like you don’t have to get up in the morning.
* Live like you expect things to go your way.
And it’s the last one that really stuck with me when I woke up. It’s no secret that the D-Meister has it all goin’ his way pretty much all the time. (you can be jealous, it’s ok) And I think that a lot of the secret to my success is that I just expect it. Call it the law of attraction, call it good hair, call it dumb luck, call me a lucky guy (yes that again)… but I’m here to tell you that what you get is up to you.
There have been a lot of things going my way lately, and I think there are a few reasons for that (oh yay! another list!)
1. I’m naturally awesome
B. I expect good things
Ya it’s about that simple. (shut up, it is!) I’m not sure which of those reasons has more to do with things going my way, but I’d have to say the first comes naturally (that’s why it’s called naturally awesome) and that certainly helps a lot. And I’ve got to say that I know you are quite awesome (why else would you be here?). The second part is something that everyone can work on. Even I need to remind myself to keep expecting good things. There are a lot of ways to say it.. just plain lucky, the law of attraction, the power of intention, good things come to those who wait (I’m not much for waiting). But the bottom line is you get what you expect to get. And the more you get of that, the more you get.
Ever had a day when thigs are just going your way? Well, I’ve had a LOT of those. And they happen because one good thing happens, like maybe your day starts with someone smiling at you, and that starts your skin humming with goodness (mmhmm!) and then more good things come your way. But when you are having a bad day (let’s not do that), it just seems like everything comes crashing down at once.
The secret to keeping the good things coming is to keep expecting good things. So let’s find ways to remind ourselves that we deserve the things we want and will always get what we need. Might I suggest reading some of your favorite uplifting blog sites (like this one, for example!), listening to your favorite music (like what’s posted on here, for example!) and just hanging out with people who love you and lift you up. (like me, for example!). Before you know it you’ll be good intentioning like an old pro.
Your life will be as good as you allow it to be. Allow it to be awesome. Expect it to be awesome. Cuz you.are.awesome.