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Never let your memories be greater than your dreams - Doug Ivester

This was a quote I read on a message from Anna Kathryn Lanier. It was about four months ago and it really hit home. Think about it. When you're just starting out, maybe you've finished college, got your first job, got married or had your first child, everything is ahead of you. You make plans for how things will be - what kind of job you'll have or how many children you want. It's all right there in front of you. It's exciting and a little scary because, hey, you could screw it up, make the wrong decision, marry the wrong person, hate being a mom. Right?

Then something happens - life. Maybe you did screw up but you got through. You thought for sure "this" was the most important thing and if you just got it right, everything else would be fine. Then you didn't get it right and it was still fine. You survived. You got through. Maybe even got stronger from the experience. A big sigh of relief...Now what?

What's the line from the John Mellencamp song? "Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone" It is so easy to believe that. Those early plans are big-life changing-but then they're done and over. Now what?

Now what? Whatever you want! I think there's a grieving process for some, maybe a little insecurity about what we're capable of, or what we can still do, and then we need to say "Make those Dreams!" And work on making them come true. Never, never should we let what we have done mean more than our hopes for what we are going to do.

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