Written by Darlene Gudrie Butts
Do you have this huge desire to do something big?
Do you take a couple of steps and then stop, paralyzed by “what ifs”?
I can relate.
I have always been a big dreamer and if I am not a little scared I feel I am not living fully. But, this year I made the mistake of dreaming so big that the “what ifs” have been pummeling me in a heavy downpour.
I decided two months ago to go on this epic journey to travel across Canada to gather stories for Canada’s 150th birthday. The 150 best ones would be put in a book.
Not a bad idea.
What??? CANADA is HUGE! The gas alone will be insane.
Here comes the fear…
What if I run out of money?
What if no one submits a story?
What if the stories suck?
What if I can’t get people and businesses to sponsor books for grade fives and my big dream goes kaput?
Then, I turned it all around and sucker-punched fear to the floor.
What if I don’t run out of money?
What if I do run out of money and don’t cover every province in person? Can I still write the book? Hell yeah!
What if the site crashes because so many people are submitting stories and I make the national news because of it, which in turn causes another crash?
What if I meet the sweetest, most amazing people and get to tell the stories no one would hear if I didn’t share them?
What if I get to inspire a whole generation?
Dreaming bigger than fear is easy. It is all about perspective. If you concentrate on all the wonderful things that can happen versus the negative, they will happen. I promise.
Whenever I get overwhelmed, by this project I stop and picture an email sent by a ten-year-old telling me how she read a story in 150 Canadian Stories and now she is inspired to do something big for herself and her country. Her life will be forever changed by one story. Then, I take the next logical step.
Take that fear!
Darlene Gudrie Butts is an acclaimed author and speaker as well as a very proud Canadian and Elite+ Mompreneur member. She wanted to celebrate this country’s upcoming 150th birthday with her power skill, story-telling. Willing to leave her business, city and friends behind, Darlene is embarking on a three-month tour of this incredible country looking for ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Her big dream is to be able to get enough books sponsored to be able to gift them to every grade five student in Canada so that the next generation has the love and pride she has for this country! Find out more about Darlene’s journey at 150canadianstories.ca