About eight months ago, my husband and I were at the temple when he felt we really needed to start a garden. He began to dream about how he should do that. My job (the one I hated) enabled us to spend the money on dirt, sprinkler system, seeds, etc. We (and when I say "we" I mean my husband) built a fence, a retaining wall, and spent alot of money on 1o tons of dirt. We had a beautiful patch of dirt. But then it just sat there for months.
Last weekend, my husband said he was going to work on the garden. I, having grown cynical over the whole endeavor, couldn't help but snort and say, "It's not a garden, it's an expensive patch of dirt!" Then my husband stopped and looked at me and said, "It IS a garden. If I don't think of it as a garden, then it NEVER will be."
His simple statement hit me like 10 tons of dirt. It's so true that we have visualize something in our heads before we can bring it into being. I learned a long time ago that if I don't see myself as a writer now (even though I have nothing published or haven't won any awards) or I never will be a writer. Same with our stories, we have to see them as published books or they never will be. But it doesn't end there. If we don't see our potential as daughters of God, then we will never reach it. Let's not grow cynical and let's see the world around us as it could be, only then can we make dreams come true.
(These are really pictures of my garden. My husband's vision actually came to life, and I couldn't be happier!)