A Polar Bear Hug

For some time now, I envisioned myself in Denali National Park in Alaska. Last year I surfed for information on the web, ordered a vacation planner, and researched where to go, what to see, and how much money I would need for the summer trip in 2014. I was intoxicated with Alaska name on my lips.

But this year isn’t the year. I counted on extra money that never came. And of course, we get surprises. And NOT that kind of surprise that makes you jump up and down, hug someone, or hum a tune of your favorite song. Instead you want to shut the door and hide in your cave. Bills pile like layers of vanilla ice cream with strawberry, whip cream, nuts, and a cherry on top. That cherry might be your high tax bill upon other bills you don’t need.

Do you eat ice cream to melt conflicts like me? I don’t want to waver like a flower that has been sitting in a vase for too long. There is hope.

Next year might be the year.

Unexpected expenses can retreat all of us more than a few steps back. For some things we wait for too long: fixing our cars or getting new crowns at the dentist office. And don’t we plan to remodel our homes? Instead we stare at the same walls, eyes drawing to only a new picture frame on the night table. That’s not much improvement to a home you hoped for…

This year might not be your big year. But you never know what might come your way. It’s okay to hope for wonderful things to happen and live that dream until it comes true.

What if you dream it?

Last night, I visited a polar region and was greeted by an Eskimo woman with a tamed polar bear by her side. Yes, the bear was real. It is worth more than 1,000 words to describe what I felt. Asked if I wanted to be hugged by the bear, I shivered inside weighing fear against excitement. Would the bear rip me into pieces and eat me? But like a child who wants to hold a star in a small palm, I outstretched my arms. Fuzzy and warm inside, I bet I had a smile on my lips, my eyes twitching while I dreamed. I was hugged by a furry polar bear! Even if it comes to me only for a moment and only in my sleep, I will not stop dreaming.

Don’t give up on your dreams.

P.S. God for sure knew what I longed for because He keeps the candle burning. Click on the link below if you want to see me in the Museum of Science and Industry with my furry friends in the background.



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