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Focusing on the bigger picture

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I was talking with some friends recently who were on their way to Maine’s Acadia National Park. I mentioned how neat it would be if they saw a moose there, and told them that seeing a moose in the wild is the only thing on my bucket list. In jest, they pointed out that either I had already done a lot or the length of my list was a bit pathetic.

What they said reminded me of something I read in an inspirational daily e-mail I subscribe to. That day, the reading mentioned that 80 percent of Americans don’t have any dreams, and only 4 percent have dreams and write them down.

If I was going to achieve my dreams, I had to take action immediately. So I went to Target, bought a cute journal and brought it back to my apartment — where it sat for several months.

The moose talk reminded me of my empty journal. I certainly want to do more in my life than see a moose, but day to day, it’s tough to keep sight of a bigger picture. So I decided it was time to use the journal.

Last week I brought it with me to adoration, and while spending time with Jesus, I started to write out my dreams. Some are simple; some are detailed; some scare the heck out of me. (Raising children? Yikes!) The list isn’t exhaustive, and I plan to keep adding to it, but, more often, I’m going to read what I’ve already written. Hopefully that will help keep the bigger picture at the front of my mind.

(By the way, there are lots of churches offering adoration throughout the diocese. This 2010 Courier article is a good place to start if you’re looking for one near you.)


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