Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire

be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fireWhat sets your soul on fire? For me it is LemonadeMakers. This is a dream that I will bring into reality, no matter what the cost. We see examples in the CNN Hero Awards every year, of men and women who sacrifice everything that they have to make a difference in the lives of others.

One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.

  – Unknown

What are you willing to do to bring your dream into reality? Will you walk through fire again and again to make it happen? I have a story to share from a cousin of one of my best friends. Her and her husband have certainly walked through that fire again and again to bring their dream home.

Success is not final.  Failure in not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.

  – Sir Winston Churchill

It started as all good stories start. There was a friendship that became love and then marriage. And then they had the good news that she was pregnant and the children they so desired to have was happening. Then tragedy struck and she lost the baby. Determined they tried again and again, but they couldn’t get pregnant. They went through the doctors and all the treatments, and still no pregnancy.

This couple was not one to let their dream die. They were fearless in the pursuit of the souls dream of having children, and so they went to attorneys to adopt. They were encouraged to become foster parents to increase their chances, since adoptions are very hard to do. They became certified as foster parents and then the good news came. Their attorney had been contacted by a pregnant woman who wanted to give up her baby for adoption. They applied and they were CHOSEN!

But as all good stories go, that was not the end of the story. As the day arrived when the birth would happen, even though the mother had legally signed over her baby, she changed her mind. Devastated they applied to the courts to uphold the agreement, and then the mother disappeared with their daughter.

Time passed and they started to believe that their dream would never happen. They had lost their daughter. They began to resign to live their life without their daughter. They just prayed that she would go to a good family, and be loved as they would have loved her.

But of course our story hasn’t ended yet. The mother had gotten into some sort of trouble, and the baby was now in the foster care system. So once again, armed with lawyers and legal contracts they went to court. But the wheels of justice don’t always turn in the right direction. They had to battle, lose, and re-battle over a couple of years. They would get their hopes up only to be dashed on the rocks again and again.

Someone would give them new hope and every single time they were asked, “do you want to proceed?” and they would scream yes!!!, even though it might mean getting devastated one more time. Burned again and again, they still would not let go of the hope that their daughter would finally come home.

“I love you” means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go  . . ,

  –  Unknown

So at the end of three years of riding the emotional roller coaster of fighting, losing, and fighting again to bring their daughter home, they finally won. The pursuit of their dream, their daughter had cost them a lot money in attorney fees, years of sleepless nights and heartache. The pursuit of they daughter had caused so much hope rising and fears falling in their hearts, but through it all, they kept the belief that they were going to be bringing their daughter home.

My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness..

  – Maya Angelou

When you have a dream that sets your soul on fire, you don’t let fears wash it away. You don’t let the winds of adversity blow it out. You don’t let anyone or anything, including your own doubts and fears cause the embers to cool. You blow on those coals until they are white hot and you fight for your dream with every ounce of power you can scrape by with. You will let nothing cause you to quit pursuing “the dream”. You have been CHOSEN. Your soul has been set on fire and you pursue it, until it flies into your reality. You bring your dream home.

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

  – WOCAOO.com

One of my favorite movies is “Under The Tuscan Sun” and it tells the story of a woman who sets out to bring her dreams of family into reality. At the end of the movie, she has everything she dreamed of – funny thing though, it wasn’t how or what she expected it to be. So just remember when you have this dream that sets your soul on fire, be open to the reality it might take to be fulfilled.

Don’t tell a girl with fire in her veins and hurricane bones what she should and shouldn’t do.  In the blink of an eye, she will shatter that ridiculous cate you attempt to build around her beautiful bohemian spirit.

  – Melody Lee

See more at my friends blog about her story:https://diamondstodiapersblog.wordpress.com/…/good-things-…/

 

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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