Encouragement: Dream Big and Make Your Dreams Come True
Dream—What is your biggest dream? Aside from raising happy healthy kids, what is it you aspire to do? My kids are accustomed to hearing me say, "Anything is possible!" Because it's true. You can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do in this great big world. My six year-old, a realist, finally said, "No mom, anything is not possible. Humans can't fly."
I am drawn to anything is possible thinkers. Dreamers excite me. And that's why recently at an Open Air Ministries Board meeting In Dallas, something inside me leapt with excitement when a girl mentioned building a homeless school. Nakina sat across the table and gave her vision."Well, I didn't really want to mention it right now," she said quietly.
It was a big dream. But each one of us jumped all over it. "Yes!" one person said excitedly, and we discussed the possibility of serving the thousands of homeless children living in shelters or under bridges, who don't fit in at a regular school. Talk about special needs!
The only school for homeless kids in the country is in California and they serve a hundred and fifty or so students. And the need is great. Dallas has thousands of homeless kids. They can't buy new clothes, shoes, or the jerseys, balls, instruments, or supplies for extra-curricular activities. They cant afford to bring their lunches. I've worked with homeless families.
If there is a parent, they have no car to get the child to school. They have no home so the child has to go without showering or food a lot of the time. Many nights they roam the streets, sleep on the floor of a shelter, or under a bridge.
We will have night school for the adults. We will hire special teachers, with a heart for giving, over academics. We will provide great programs, clothing, shoes, resources, training, and health and wellness.
Building a homeless school for children who live on the street seems like a worthy dream. And as we sat around the table, the dream became bigger, all because one person dared to dream it.
What is your biggest dream? How will you pursue this dream and make it come true?
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Tammy Kling is a life coach, advocate for the homeless, and international author of 29 books including The Compass. Tammy is also the founderr of Write it Out, an organization that helps gang members, the homeless, and those living on the street write out their hopes & dreams via writers workshops, free journals and various other resources.
In addition to writing and coaching, Tammy is a mom of two boys, an avid trail and mountain runner, blogger, and adventure travel writer.
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