When I visited the Pacific Northwest recently, I spent a delightful afternoon with a dear friend exploring the tide pools on the beautiful rugged coastline. We ended up at a local fish house for an epicurean feast, featuring home-grown oysters.
We parked on the side of the road at the Teddy Bear Cove trailhead and walked the three-quarter mile path through fern-covered forest floor under a canopy of giant red cedars. We emerged onto a driftwood-lined beach dotted with caves . . . a picture-postcard scene. The music of the waves, the crystal-clear water, wooded islands, a glowing sunset — it doesn’t get much better than this. Or does it?
Sitting on a log watching the sun sink, I saw a man climb down into a dinghy from a yacht anchored in the cove. He rowed toward us and I turned to my friend and said, “I think he’s coming over to bring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.” Alas, the dinghy proceeded to come ashore about 20 yards away, where he picked up a couple who had followed us down the trail.
They waved to us as they rowed away. I stood and waved back, saying to them that when I saw him rowing in, my fantasy was that he would deliver happy hour goodies to us. The oarsman laughed and said, “I can give you a beer, but you guys will have to share it.” “That would be great,” I beamed, and he proceeded to row back to shore and hand me a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Opening it, I raised the bottle to the deliveryman, who flashed us the thumbs up and said, “Enjoy.”
My friend marveled at the fact that I shared my fantasy. He mused that had I said it in any other way like, “Do you guys have any beer?” or “Could we buy one?” the likelihood was they’d have shrugged it off.
It used to be much harder for me to publicly acknowledge my needs and dreams (an old learned behavior that associated such expressions with selfishness and arrogance). But when I came to Indian Country, I learned that when someone received vision, he or she was obligated to share it with the community in order to achieve its power. Sharing your dreams with others actually makes it more likely that they will come true. Not only does it give people a chance to participate, it reminds them that their dreams could come true as well.
Dreams shared allow dreams to be delivered.