“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable,” says Mary Oliver. What does the unimaginable mean to you?
Does the unimaginable mean a dream that seems impossible?
To make room for the unimaginable, for an impossible dream, keep an open heart and an open mindset.
You keep an open heart and and open mindset by being careful with the beliefs you choose to keep, by being faithful to your vision, and by surrendering to what’s out of your control.
Rewrite the story in your head
Staying true to a dream is hard. If you weren’t born in the best set of circumstances or if your life has been full of struggle after struggle, then your dream may feel like it’s impossible to achieve.
For example, if money problems were normal in your household growing up, imagining a life of wealth for yourself might be difficult to take in.
If you tell yourself, because I grew up poor, I will always be poor, you’ll reinforce that belief in your mind. Therefore, rewrite the story you tell yourself on a daily basis.
If you believe that your dreams are not going to come true because people in your life have tried and have never succeeded, you’ll allow yourself to settle for a life of dissatisfaction as well.
Change the story inside your head, so that no matter what you’ve lived through, you give yourself a chance to live the life of your dreams.
Living the life of your dreams starts with you: your first step is believing that the life you want is possible.
Believe & envision
Have a vision of your unimaginable dream. Hold that vision dear and near to you.
It’s easy to lose sight of dreams when you focus on your current circumstances or when you lose hope or when you start to believe limiting beliefs.
No matter what other people believe about your goals and no matter your circumstances, keep your vision safe from the things that can tear them down in seconds.
Have patience, trust, & let go
Like planting and waiting for a tree to grow, allow time for your vision to become your reality.
After you you do your part and put in hard work, you will reach a point in which things will be out of your control.
The manifestation of your dream takes patience, trust, letting go, and surrendering.
The unimaginable, the dream that seems impossible, is at your doorstep knocking and waiting to be let in.
Are you ready to welcome the unimaginable?
Are you ready to welcome that dream that seems impossible by telling yourself an optimistic story about your future, by believing in your vision no matter the odds, and by surrendering to what’s out of your control?
“Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?,” Mary Oliver wrote. She did not offer a suggestion of the perfect life plan. What you do with your life is up to you.
However different our answers are to that question, Oliver knew that our days on earth are not only numbered but precious.
You become so busy and worried about the next problem to tackle or the failure to get back up from. It’s easy to forget that life is indeed precious.
It’s easy to become hopeless and restless because you work hard and you try again. Only to find that you need to work harder and keep trying. It all seems like an endless loop.
You have the problem-solving skills and determination to face your problems and failures. You are courageous, and you give life your best effort. And before you know it, you experience the results of your efforts.
And no matter how much you plan for your life, there’s always something unexpected that arrives. You wonder, how do I keep going?
Sometimes to keep going means that you simplify your life, ask for help, or try something new.
Sometimes your life plan changes because you change. You step out of your comfort zone. You see something through a new perspective. You give something another try.
When Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”, she doesn’t mean to overwhelm you.
You don’t have to have every detail figured out. Because there is no perfect life plan.
Perhaps Mary Oliver only means to remind you:
Your life is precious. Your voice is precious. Your time is precious. Your dreams are precious. Your journey is precious.
Life is precious now.