TRÜPOST 004

Small Dreams Lead to Big Things

Trüly Making A Difference

“These simple moments change the world.” -Josh Wilson

This past week, I discovered a new favorite song “Dream Small” by Josh Wilson. The lyrics challenge the listener to not miss the minutes along the way being too consumed in achieving a goal. And that we don’t have to do it all. I loved that this song came as I was walking into the local fitness center, the same one I had spent hours in getting ready for our trip to Glacier National Park prior to my diagnosis. I had truly worked hard to get “mountain hiking ready” and was excited about the trip.

My husband and I had courageously agreed to go on a 19 mile hike, that went up and through the continental divide with our daughter and son-in-law. “It will be fun,” my daughter explained. So the morning of the one day hike, my husband and I secretly made a plan to turn around at five miles recognizing we had no business attempting a 19 mile hike up a crazy tall mountain. But then it happened…each small step lead to another mile and as we stood on top of the mountain, we realized we had completed over 10 miles, so much for the plan. Throughout the hike, I noticed the joy in my daughter’s voice, the beauty in the scenery, the excitement in my son-in-law’s eyes and the smile on my husband’s face. There were moments of fear and doubt (mostly because of bear sitings and the wind chill drop) but as a group, the four of us cheered each other on. With each small step it led to a this huge accomplishment; A 19 mile hike through Glacier National Park in one day.

I often look at my cancer journey as that same adventure…okay maybe that isn’t the right description, but if I look at it that way, it helps me. I notice the small things. I challenge myself to find joy, excitement and smiles through the the chemo, the surgeries, the labs, and even the setbacks. I know that if I only saw my cancer as a negative force in my life, it would quickly consume me and eventually destroy all that I love, so I see the small things that help me establish small dreams. When cancer evaded my body, it forced my husband and me to let go of our big dreams, but not our small ones! We became creative and learned to appreciate all that God had given us. We knew that it would not be easy and that just like the hike, we would question our ability… we… became so important as I knew I could not do this by myself.

Today the machines looked familiar but I knew that I would have to stay focused on small steps… small dreams… if I was going to leave feeling accomplished. To be healthy, physical exercise has to be a part of my routine. So I tackle my goal of exercise. I know that my routine every morning which includes Trüronia has helped me gain the confidence to step on the treadmill.

As I finish this week’s blog, I am reminded that small dreams really require you to stay devoted to the things in your life; You should inspire your self to notice what you smell, what you taste, what you touch, what you hear, and what you see. By being this attentive, you send a clear message that NOTHING will destroy your spirit. I was given a gift when I was diagnosed with cancer… I was compelled to live purposely… and I pray that each of you reading this, can sit quietly and breathe in all that this world has to give you… big or small!

You see the story of my hike didn’t stop when I made it safely back to my campsite, it stopped when a week after my diagnosis, I received a book from the American Cancer Society “Crossing the Divide.” As I opened the book, there on page 5, was the map of my 19 mile hike, a sign that this girl can and will take every possible small step up this mountain called LIFE.

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May you find that your small dreams lead to big things!

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**Gina Baker has been battling Stage 3 ovarian cancer since 2014. She is a farm wife, mother, grandmother, and a mental health therapist. She is a blogger for Trüronia and can be reached at TruPost@Truronia.com