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                               “Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities“.
                                                                                                                  ~Robert H. Schuller

The possibility of transformation is as intriguing as the intricate patterns of a snowflake. In some things we should never reinvent the wheel. But your life isn’t a burger stand it’s an orchestra’s finale of grandest proportions. It’s the first winter snow come early. It’s going to be whatever you want it to be. But you have to think BIG. You have to dream the impossible and far-fetched. You have to know that if you shoot for the moon, you will at least land in the stars.

Life is long, so we have to fill it.  We are never to old to start over.  I first learned about the life list on Oprah.  There was a guest who was 86 and had just graduated from college.  He had decided to make a list of all the things he wanted to accomplish and he set out making the items on his list come to life. His age had nothing to do with what he wanted to do. His heart did.

Not long after that Rob Reiner released the film The Bucket List where Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman meet while sharing a hospital room, both with terminal cancer.  It is revealed that Morgan’s character has made a list of all the things he wanted to accomplish before he dies and it is Jack’s character that actually helps him bring his list to fruition.  It is a heart warming, inspirational story and of course, it got me thinking.

When my mother was still alive she shared with me things that she always wanted to do. I was surprised by some of the things she had on her list but also saddened because I knew my mother wasn’t the type of person to go out and conquer her list or her life.  Had I been in a position to take her on her lists journey I would have without a doubt. But I wasn’t and she left the world without ever having known those things.

We don’t have to be on our death bed to step up to the plate. We just need to be hungry for more. Well that and being creative can play a huge part too!  In the Gary Marshall film, New Years Eve, Michelle Pfeiffer’scharacter gives Zac Efron’s character a list of everything she has ever wanted to do and she wants to do them all before the New Years ball drops. Even though they are limited in how far they can travel the creative renditions of the destinations on the list are endearing and highly inspirational.

While on the phone with a friend yesterday, we were talking about our “lists” and he commented that his list was “simpler” than mine. We should never compare our lists to anyone else’s, it’s all relative. And most importantly we should never think anything is too “big” or too “far-fetched” for our list.  You never know what life can bring and what miracles are waiting behind every corner.

Dream big! You might be pleasantly surprised by the power of intention. You just need to know your what and let God/the Universe (whatever you believe in) take care of the how. Your life really will give you what you ask of it.  Let the mirror of the world fill you with optimism and hope. Have fun with it. Be outrageous.

Make your list as magnificent and majestic as you can make it. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself and don’t leave anything out.  There should be no judgement and it doesn’t matter how big or small you think something is, if it means something to you, it goes on your list.  You want to travel to Asia, learn piano, be a big sister or brother to a kid in need? It goes on your list!  Get your friends in on it and everyone make their list together. You never know who might be able to help you with something on your list. Don’t ever let go of your dreams and make sure you use your imagination.

Willy Wonka:
[Spoken]Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

[Sung]Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be