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This post continues the #dreamscometrue series, reflecting on your path to an abundant, joy-filled life. Focusing on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, you are invited to appreciate your true self and begin to recognize what God has planned for you.

Looking back at your childhood is an invitation to reconnecting with your true self.

Even as your parents and family tried to socialize you, you still liked what you liked. Your imagination took you to different realities, and when you danced, you didn’t care who watched.

A part of this process of Appreciative Inquiry is to recognize and celebrate your strengths. Your strengths are many people’s weaknesses. Your weaknesses are many people’s strengths. When we work together, we compliment one another. We are stronger together. Like a herd of animals moving in unison, we as a human creation can and should do better.

The first step is to appreciate the way you were made, so we turn to your past. Consider these two questions:

  1. When you were a kid, what did you love to do? (ex. did you like to draw, to play a certain game or sport, did you like to dance or sing?)
  2. When you were a kid, what were you often praised for? (ex. did you get recognized at school or a drawing, or did a family member praise your imagination?)

Now ask yourself this question:

  1. For what you used to love to do, and for what you were praised, when was the last time you did it?

My prayer for you today is that you do it. Whatever it is, carve out an hour this week to be your child-like self.

Then, pay attention to how it feels…..