Field of Dreams
Affirmation: “If I can imagine it, I can achieve it; if I can dream it, I can become it.”
Over the years, I’ve been fascinated by people who decide to build a field of dreams somewhere hoping, sometimes expecting, people to come. One example of this is my fiddle teacher. She’s a marvelous teacher and a wonderful person. A few years back, she decided she’d sponsor a fiddle class at our local Senior Center. Now, how many older adults do you think there are who want to learn to play the fiddle? It didn’t seem to matter to Mara. The center told her she needed to have at least 4 people for the class to happen. Four people signed up. Some weeks only one person was there and that didn’t matter to Mara. She was always there. It’s been about four years now that she’s been having her Thursday morning class. Four years and every year there are more students attending. This year, we are up to six fiddlers. And, there’s little doubt that every year, there will be more and more of us.
Another example of this is the water aerobics class at my mountain community. We “lost” our instructor four years back. So, one of our members offered to facilitate the class. She’d never taught before but she’d taken a lot of water classes and it was her main form of exercise. She has an issue or two with her back and she’s never injured herself in the water. She’s been sponsoring this class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning during the summer months for a few years now. If no one comes, she exercises alone. Initially, there were about six of us. We couldn’t figure out why everyone wasn’t there; it’s such a wonderful experience. She’s a marvelous teacher. Now, three years later about fifteen people are attending. She built the “field” in the water and people are definitely interested.
When I decided to have a beach retreat for women breast cancer survivors (PinkRibbonYogaRetreat.org) I wasn’t sure anyone would come. I had no idea if anyone else would be interested or if I could find people that would want to help. At our first meeting a dozen people showed up and volunteered to help. Our first year we had brochures and flyers that we distributed anywhere we could. We had about 23 women attend. In our eighth year we merely opened registration up online and we had 35 women register almost immediately. That’s our maximum number, 35. I wish we could take anyone who wants to come and so far that’s what we’ve been doing but this year, we had to close registration. It made me sad but just like the fiddle class and the water aerobics, we had built our “field of dreams” and people are coming.
Do you think that most successes are determined by sheer dedication and determination? I often think of Thomas Alva Edison and the fact that it took him 12 years and 1000 tries to develop the light bulb. How about Pistol Pete Maravich, one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He never put the basketball down. He slept with it. He could spin it on his hand for over an hour without stopping. Sister Mary Margaret of A Place for Women to Gather had a dream. She was the first in her community to create a place for women to share their insight and knowledge. As of 2012 A Place has been opened for ten years, serving hundreds of women in their quest for personal and spiritual growth.
My husband is one of my heroes. His dedication and determination has led him to professional and personal success beyond that of most people. We often find ourselves looking around at our life and being awed by the blessings we’ve reaped. Blessings that came from hard work and integrity and a close connection with our God. Sandy is now on his 3rd or 4th career. I’ve lost count. He’s become a motivational speaker. He wrote a book called Humanity at Work; encouraging spirit, achievement and truth to flourish in the workplace. And then he began building his “field.” I was fascinated to watch him go about creating and pursuing his dream. There is little doubt in my mind that the day will come when people will be lining up to hire him for their inspiration and education. (You can find him at: www. SantoCosta.com.) In fact, many people have already discovered him.