Dream Like a Mother

by Jen Slayden on · 3 comments


It’s May in Mon­tana! One of my favorite months of the year when the snow that has been hold­ing on starts to melt away, the dreary days of win­ter slowly mov­ing from sepia tones to hues of inno­cent pas­tels that invite new life.

Just last week, I awoke to my maple tree in the front yard, regard­ing the buds that had seem­ingly opened up overnight. I am always amazed by this phe­nom­e­non, because it seems like one day the tree is bare, and the next day it is opened! But I know that the tree has been plan­ning this rebirth all through the win­ter, dream­ing big about once again mak­ing its debut for another year! It has the same trunk, and the same branches, but new leaves– some­how hon­or­ing all the years of leaves that have come and gone seasonally.

We can learn a lot from nature! Nature has the cycles of life fig­ured out! Mother Nature seems to always dream big; you only have to look at the Mon­tana land­scape snap­shot of win­ter, then spring to rec­og­nize Mother Nature dreams BIG!

But more impor­tantly, Mother Nature dreams and thinks smart. Her dreams are based on cor­rect tim­ing, because the flow­ers and plants actu­ally cal­cu­late the amount of days they should be dor­mant. If a flow­er­ing plant were to bud too early, it may not be able to repro­duce, or it could even die.

And yes, this some­times hap­pens in Mon­tana, as I have seen when I planted my gar­den too early. So I guess the key we learn from Mother Nature is that tim­ing is awfully important!

As I reflect upon my own life at the moment, I can under­stand so many par­al­lels. I have had many goals and dreams I have writ­ten down in the last five years, try­ing hard to achieve a bet­ter me, live more in HARMONY, and be my best self.

A few times when I either tried to accom­plish some­thing too fast, or the tim­ing wasn’t right for these goals, I have not suc­ceeded. How­ever, the few times I prac­ticed SMART goals (Spe­cific, Mea­sur­able, Attain­able, Real­is­tic, and Timely) I had great success!

I also believe we are like my big maple tree in so many ways. We are the same per­son, liv­ing in the same body branch­ing out. Our dreams, accom­plish­ments, chal­lenges, and life lessons are the leaves that we see change from sea­son to sea­son and year to year. We are a prod­uct of many cycles of dream­ing, chang­ing, tak­ing risks, falling, and bloom­ing once again.

So DREAM BIG, but also DREAM SMART. Take a few hints from Mother Nature and let your­self bloom!

Happy Spring!

In Harmony,


by Jen Slay­den

Jen Slay­den finds her har­mony in West­ern Mon­tana with her hus­band Mark, their three kids, and an out­door lov­ing black lab named Cody. Stop by and check out her life in music, words, and edu­ca­tion at Find Your Har­mony.
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