Dream a little, kiddo.



chickenbernieI think most kids have “dreams” of being someone particularly spectacular when they “grow up.”  I know I did.  In fact, I had about a half dozen of them.

Grownups always ask, in fact. “Hey little you….., what are you going to be when you grow up?”

Well, of course, I am feeling the need to share my childhood answers with you.  I wanted to be….
• An Olympic Swimmer and Champion with 7 Gold Medals.
• An Astronaut
• The First Female Baseball Player on the Cincinnati Reds.
• An Artist for Comic Strips
• A Singer on a stage, like Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

As you know, none of these actually happened.  Not yet at least.  And, I am doubting my chances on most.  You know, today, has kind of been a weird day.  I’m not sure why these things have been so heavy on my mind.

But the point is, we start out wanting to be someone incredible or do something magnificent.  Yet, for most people I know, what they “wanted to be” as kids….and what they do “for a living” as adults…. are typically not the same thing.

The thing is though, the Universe is working just as it should be.  And we are exactly where we are supposed to be, in this minute.  I am trying to learn some new life approaches.  One of those, is to ask myself… each day…. each morning when I wake… “Polly.  You have a brand new day.  What glorious and wonderful thing are you going to do today?  How can you be amazing today?”

Again, at this point, I am probably not going to find a cure for cancer, or figure out how to end drug abuse in America.  And the ceiling of the Cystine Chapel has already been painted.

So what is the big thing I should do each day? What should I strive to accomplish?  How can I be amazing?

I am hoping it has something to do with kindness.  You know, some days, I fail miserably at this.  Especially when it comes to those I love the most.  Part of this stems from the fact that   most days are filled with sameness. And that is okay with me.  I am a creature of habit, I like routine, and I like to have some idea of how the day is going to go.

We all have our daily repetitive work routines, after all.

But I think the trick might be in finding ways to be good to each other in spite of that daily routine and practice. (In some cases, it can even be we are stuck in a rut.)   Within all of that …. somehow…. to show kindness, compassion and love.

I hope so.  I truly hope so.

And tomorrow when I wake, and ask myself that question all over again…. I hope I can answer it wholly in the 24 hours which follow. Be kind. Be good. Be amazing.


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.  —  Aesop