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Dreaming Big

November 7th, 2014

This story of big dreams starts with some of our Whispering Hope members at the farm, sitting in the Crown Lounge, sharing Chinese food, good wine and great conversation.  Having an absolute blast and marveling in the joy of the farm, food and friendship, these ladies take to Facebook with their posts.

“I’m thankful for this place.” 

“This is a happy, peaceful environment where you can meet up with your friends, have Chinese food, laugh, giggle and be silly and then have a wonderful ride with your horse under the stars on a beautiful evening.” 

“All of us women folk are having such a great time.  Thanks for having the vision to create this place for us.”

I read these posts and realized:  It worked!  We had dreamed BIG and that dream was becoming reality.

As children, we seemed to always have big dreams and there were never limitations or restrictions on how big those dreams could be for us.  Additionally, we never put up our own obstacles from living out those dreams.

So what was this Big Dream that came to reality?  COMMUNITY

Whispering Hope Stables became a community showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as guidelines to each other, to our horses, and to the staff that shower our horses with love.  At the end of the day, we are all here living out our dreams with these wonderful animals and striving for a community that does not judge or condemn who we are individually. This was and is the Whispering Hope dream, but one that I was told would never come to fruition as “all barns have drama” and because “you don’t have a lot of experience with horses and horse women, you just don’t understand how barns really work.

Really?

Dreaming big is great and needed to bring the calling in each of our hearts to life.  However, as Steven Spielberg once stated, “you shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it.”  And as I sit here roughly (2) two years after opening our doors, the dream that once was concocted by two women with hearts filled of passion is now our reality.  When we just opened our doors, I was told by a boarder at that time and no longer with us, “Good luck having a drama-free barn.”  We were being told that drama-free barns simply didn’t exist.

Really?

Well, whether it is a group of girlfriends celebrating life together over Chinese food and wine or a group of women that once rode horses in their youth and simply needed some encouragement to now get back up in the saddle, or members leaning on each other in time of need and during moments of greatness, we have community here at Whispering Hope Stables.  We spend our time building each other up and experiencing life together.

So what’s the Secret to bringing our dream to reality?  Here are the lessons that I’ve learned:

1.  Set high expectations and ignore Trolls.  Set high expectations and let it be your roadmap.  I relied on certain principals that I described above, but will again re-cap: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  If I don’t see these in people or their actions, they must go.  And as Katharine Hepburn so profoundly exclaimed in the movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, “don’t speak, just go.”  See many critics are like trolls hiding under bridges simply waiting for your failure so that they can say “told you so.”  Langston Hughes, an American poet, novelist and activist once stated, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”  My high expectations became my roadmap and from there I didn’t have to focus on the destination, I enjoyed the journey.  So remember, set high expectations, ignore those Trolls, and enjoy the moment as it will only be here once.

2.  Jesus asked us to “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  Dreams do not come to life by sitting and being still.  We are called to live life to the fullest.  In my short time on this rock called Earth, I’ve seen that there are (3) three kinds of people:

*  Those that wish things would happen to them;

*  Those that wonder when things will happen for them; and

*  Those that make things happen.

       Which one will you be? 

So remember, walking is not always easy, but each step counts.

3.  Don’t let the struggles along the way stop you.   When we live out BIG dreams, there will be struggles.  As Gary Thomas, an American Christian author, states, “Struggle makes us stronger; it builds us up and deepens our faith, but this result is achieved only when we face the struggle head-on, not run from it.  Struggling successfully and profitably brings a deeper joy than even trouble-free living.”   So do not be afraid of the struggles ahead.

In closing, I pray my experience and life lessons through owning and running a horse farm finds a place in your life and heart.  If not already, I, too, hope you start Dreaming Big.

And to the Whispering Hope Family – my dear Members – I love each and every one of you.  You may not have realized it, but you all had a part in making this dream come to life.  See you in the Crown Lounge for Chinese food, wine and great conversation.

With much love,

Amy Peters

 

Owner, Whispering Hope Stables