When Protecting a Dream Seems Nearly Impossible

Untitled design (4)“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela

//Every writer who is a mom knows it’s a flat out miracle if she can write at home uninterrupted for 20 minutes. Or 10. Or 2.

When you’re making anything with your whole self, you need to be fully present to it. Maybe a blog post. An e-mail. Or a book chapter, like I am doing this week.

Mom creative time is a matter of national security. At least, it should be.Tweet This

This week two kids, one dog plus an extra one visiting, and the commotion of my sister moving out has made me appreciate my writing and thinking time. What a luxury and a gift. Something to fight for. Something to protect.//

But I had a crisis moment on Wednesday when I realized my book proposal would remain an unfinished dream if I didn’t ask for help from family and friends. (It might even mean booking an AirB&B for a couple of nights this weekend.) The kids waking earlier every morning. My inability to say no to all the good things.

Tears flowed while I flipped a sausage in the frying pan. “I’ll never get this done.”

Bobby said, “You know we’ll help you, right?” There was a family meeting and hugs from the kids.

I swear, fireworks were going off when he said that.

Time to work on your dreams is worth protecting. Tweet This

This post is part of Five Minute Friday, a flash mob of creative writers dedicated to writing on one word for five minutes each week. Today our word was PROTECT. Do check it out. (// indicates the timer’s start and stop.)

Your Turn

What do you find challenging about protecting your dreams?

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

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June 30, 2016