"You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream,
how you gonna have a dream come true?"
Rogers & Hammerstein, South Pacific
Many years ago, when I first started taking my singing seriously, I attended a church with two opera singers. Eva and Stephanie were mother and daughter - wonderful women with amazing voices. They became mentors to me, and I was so encouraged by them.
One day I was talking to Eva about her career, and she said to me, "You know, my music has taken me to every province in Canada."
"Wow," I thought, "I want that too."
So that day, I set it as a goal for myself:
Sing in every province in Canada.
Not just visit and sing in my hotel, but have an actual professional performance in every province.
Well, for many years, it seemed like I'd never get farther than Ontario. Many, many years...
But then, this unexpected thing called "Infinitely More" was born, and suddenly, we started to travel. And 'my' dream became 'our' dream...
We started touring the East Coast annually, and then last year, we made our first venture into the Prairies.
But this weekend, here in British Columbia, our dream came true:
Infinitely More has now sung in every province in Canada!
I can't tell you how blessed we are to share our music in so many wonderful communities across our beautiful country. There's no better example of "the family of God" than showing up in a town you've never visited, starting a concert, and feeling like you're already home.
The world is a better place when we follow our dreams. I meet so many people who become discouraged because their dreams haven't come true. But you know, dreams are funny things. Sometimes things take a long time to happen, or their 'coming true' form might look differently than we imagined. Or they might morph and change and transform into something else altogether.
I encourage you to follow your dreams and to enjoy the journey.
And when one finally does comes true:
Enjoy the moment. Celebrate it. Give thanks.
And then the next morning, find a new dream, and start all over again...