Dreams forest

I couldn’t sleep…

I woke up early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Everything that is causing stress and worry in my life just kept parading through my head.

My love, my health, my money, my kids, my business, my family, my purpose – everything, just running a loop.

The house was cool, but I was in a sweat, lying there.

I know you’ve been there before – nothing you can do, just lie in bed and watch the tree tops through the window.

Eventually, you don’t even think about specifics, they just all jumble together in one uncomfortable mess.

Finally, I fell back to sleep.

I had a dream.

It was a simple dream. I was in a school gym – and my extended family was there. Everyone was waiting for something, but I’m not sure what it was. The mood was neutral. No one was upset, just waiting. I sat with my cousins – who looked a lot younger in my dream than they are now. They were high school age. My parents and my aunts and uncles were there too.

Then, I was standing up in the bleachers and I could see all of them facing away from me – waiting for I don’t know what – but this time, I had my arms around my wife, Nancy, who was facing me and in her arms was my daughter Katie as a baby. She must have been a year old, a soft lunk of a kid, and she was smiling – all squeezed up between us.

Nancy said to me, “Kiss your daughter.”

And I did and I smelled her baby powder smell. And I nuzzled her neck and she laughed.

Then I kissed my wife, a long deep kiss and she smiled at me with her green eyes.

Then I woke up.

I don’t know what it means, but I do know how it made me feel.

The stresses and worries of my life didn’t go away, but these images helped them became less important.

I was ready to start again – pick up where I left off – face what needed to be faced – deal with what needed to be dealt with. I was also able to remember what is important – remember what I’m living for.

I was able to get back to work and move forward.

I was able to know that whatever comes, good or bad, there is love in the world and good things everywhere you turn.

Every day I hear from my mentor students and see them working through the challenges they face trying to build a new business. They tell me about what plagues them, the forces that they sometimes feel are up against them.

One of them asked me, “Does it ever stop?”

And I can tell you with certainty that it doesn’t stop until you’re dead – not if you stay alert – not if you pay attention – not if you want to keep growing and moving forward and have a happy life.

But why would you want it to? The stresses and pain and fear that we all face every day is what makes our successes so valuable.

Don’t let your fear of these things hold you back from taking that chance that could change who you are for the better. And I’m not just talking about business and real estate – I’m talking about life.

Never forget that love exists in the world. It is the engine that drives everything good.

Go after what you want with love in your heart – don’t be afraid.

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10 Comments

  1. G
    April 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm · Reply

    Joe, your thoughts are put together perfectly as they are right on with what is important in life and how to be as happy as one can be without Divine help. You are also correct about the trials of life as they will be around as long as we are alive.

    So well done …

  2. Hal Cooksey
    April 23, 2015 at 3:49 am · Reply

    My wife works part time and is a beast cancer survivor. She has good days and bad. I sometimes feel guilty that I have not helped her as much as she has helped me in dealing with life’s little problems. She is my hero. Her credo is “You are never defeated until you quit, so just never quit.”

  3. KareR
    July 28, 2013 at 1:43 am · Reply

    Thank you for this post!!
    It made me feel encouraged and that I’m not in this alone.
    Its comforting to know that although you have reached phenomenal levels of success you are not immune to some stress and worry.
    You’re a great leader because in spite of all that you remind us that we can and must push forward.

  4. khush
    July 27, 2013 at 6:05 pm · Reply

    we should be thankful for the fact that we have healthy children,safe peaceful house to stay in and good food to eat and for what god has given us ,be happy for what we have achieved, and strive to improve the quality of life of people who put faith in us. everything else falls in place

  5. Tim
    July 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm · Reply

    Joe,

    Excellent inspirational words that people need to hear today. Not only are you a successful Real Estate Investor, but an exceptional leader who really wants people to move forward and succeed!

    Tim

  6. Jerrie R
    July 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm · Reply

    I just read an article / video before I opened my Email and your Blog…

    It was about “Dying father has last first dance with daughter”… great story and video…but the words at the end of the article…mean alot…and it is:

    “Each and every day, we have a choice,” Dr. Wolf said. “We have a choice to either love that person that’s in front of us or not. It’s the relationships that you build over the years that is the most important thing in life.”
    “Everything else is just an illusion.”

    Thanks
    Jor

    • G
      April 24, 2015 at 9:21 pm · Reply

      There are no illusions in life. Life is full of stuff that distracts us, tries us, endears us and so many other things. No illusions.

  7. Chuck Lidtka
    July 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm · Reply

    Great wisdom Joe! It is all about remembering to keep our priorities straight, keeping perspective and maintaining a great attitude as we serve others with love and empathy. Thanks so much, your experience and great words.

    Chuck
    Renton, Wa

  8. Kathleen
    July 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Reply

    Some how this popped up in my email and I really needed to read this thank you so much

  9. Jeff
    July 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Reply

    Excellent. I can relate. Thanks for sharing.

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