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Most of the people in my life have no idea that I’m secretly a Dream-Doula. For whatever reason, it seems that almost everyone I encounter will – eventually – share their most cherished dream with me. In some ways, it’s as if they’re telling me about the One That Got Away. Like there’s only one shot in life, and if you miss your chance at the brass ring, you’re out of luck.

But when I tell them it’s never too late, their eyes widen. If God put it on your heart, I say, doors will start to open. Of course, it’s up to you to walk through.

A new writer posted her work and I commented that it was lovely. I told her, “You’re a bona-fide, honest-to-goodness, heck of a writer!” She told me that she had been doubting her skills and had considered quitting. Later, I got a thank-you card from her. Writing gigs were coming fast and furious.

A computer repairman told me about the office politics at his company, and wished there was a way to get away from the toxic environment. “Why don’t you start your own company?” I asked him. He looked at me blankly. “Well, how would I do that?” I told him that before I actually had any gigs as a Freelance Writer, I’d had business cards made. I looked at them every day and reminded myself that this is more than what I do. It’s who I am. He took my advice and started his own company.

A plumber told me his true dream was to work at the happiest place on earth, DisneyLand…. as a plumber! He loved his job; he just also loved the whole feeling at the amusement park. Last I heard, he had filled out an application.

Of course, there’s no way I can take credit for the accomplishments of these people who just happened to cross my path. They put in all the effort, and God put the dream in their heart. Perhaps I’m a Forte-Finder. A Go-For-Broke Broker. If all I can do is offer a kind word and a nudge toward a niche, I’ll do it. Could it be that we all have this ability, and if given the opportunity, can be a Dream-Doula for others as well?

Take your gaze higher and get your head in the clouds, where it belongs. There’s no such thing as a pipe dream. Just a mission plan for your pet project, AKA your Soul Goal. So what’s the dream of your heart? It’s not too late to open that door. Maybe you happened upon this blog post for a reason…

What if it were actually the law of the land that everyone had to be happy?  Sort of like the safety-belt “Click it or Ticket” rule.  Put on a smile or go on trial.  If you were in a miserable mood, you’d get locked up and sent to a piñata party till you got your happy back.  Holla!

I decided to look up the definition of happiness on Bible Gateway, and found there was no clear-cut answer. I did find out what happiness is not from the Sad Sack Scripture – the book of Lamentations.

I am deprived of peace.  I have forgotten what happiness is. Lamentations 3:17 NET

So peace of mind can lead to happiness.  And lack of it can lead to misery.

It might seem cliché, but I think the key to being happy is to keep your mind on positive, uplifting things.

Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.  Proverbs 4:23 ERV

I’ll buy that.  But how do you get there when there’s so much going on in the world that can make us feel unsettled?

If you listen to Isaiah, it seems that happiness may be as simple as making a choice.

But be happy and rejoice forevermore over what I am about to create! For look, I am ready to create Jerusalem to be a source of joy, and her people to be a source of happiness.  Isaiah 65:18  NET

Be happy, God says.  I’m about to do something awesome.  You don’t have to carry the burden of what tomorrow may bring; that’s my department.

Happiness can also be contagious.

Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word brings him joy. Proverbs 12:25 NET

The habit of happiness – partnered with prayer – can see you through almost anything.  And it reminds you that it’s not always about whatever is standing in your way.  Sometimes, it’s about Who’s standing behind you.

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