Proclaim your most heartfelt dream. Go ahead. Do it privately, secretly, to yourself.
Was that easy? Have you ever done it before?
Now do it again. This time in a yurt, while sitting in a circle with forty powerful, honest, talented, and unintentionally intimidating women. One more thing: you have met only three (two?) of the women before. That’s it.
Go ahead. You can do it. I did.
I attended the amazing Creative Alliance ’10 conference this past weekend in Ojai, California and this was one of the activities. As my turn got closer and closer I found it more difficult to listen to others as I turned over in my mind what I wanted to say. (So sorry ladies who were sitting close to me.)
I wanted to be funny, smart, honest and concise. Well, one out of four isn’t bad. I rambled, and eventually, honestly proclaimed my dream. It went nothing like this:
I have a passion for philanthropy. Here in the Calandro Clan we believe you should always use your powers for good. We have countless blessings and work to give back and pay it forward. I want to inspire others to give of themselves to help our world be a better place. We throw our Calandro Christmas Crazy party every year to collect donations for Grass Roots II. I raised almost $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to celebrate my 40th birthday. I grow my hair and donate it and encourage others to do the same.
I want to make a difference in the areas of suicide prevention and grief counseling, progeria research, art therapy, toys and meals for kids during the holiday season (heck, anything to help kids), alcoholism and depression support, and any area I feel deserves attention.
My dream is to work with companies on their philanthropic strategies to use their powers for good.
There. I said it again. Not in a yurt, but to you: my twenty, faithful readers (bless you all). At least this time I can proclaim my dream in the privacy of my living room and not have my voice get all shaky and breathless. (Yes, I was embarrassed and mortified when I couldn’t get myself under control.)
Oh well. Dreams have to start somewhere. Mine was officially proclaimed in a yurt. I can’t wait to see where it will end. (And if any companies are reading this, please know I would be eloquent and well-rehearsed when speaking on your behalf!)
Want to proclaim your dream? My blog isn’t a yurt, but it can be a starting line for you. Go ahead. What’s your dream of what you want for this lifetime? Trust me. You can do it. Give it a try.
Thank you to Creative Alliance ’10 and all attendees for giving me the opportunity, and forcing me, to articulate myself. Until now, I had only proclaimed this to the LOML and a few select others.