Someday Isle

“Have any of you ever heard of Someday Isle?” asked songwriter and author Douglas Wood at the Little Swan Lake Winery last weekend.

Although they didn’t realized it yet, nearly everyone in the cozy audience learned they’d spent some time at Someday Isle.

It’s an interesting place – or more like a state of mind. See if this sounds familiar: “Someday I’ll take a trip. Someday I’ll pay the bills. Someday I’ll write a book.”

Someday Isle is that mental place where you dream about things to be accomplished “some day.”

It’s a comfortable place of dreams but no action. It’s a place where risk doesn’t exist, so failure is not possible. It’s a place of someday, but not today.

I suppose there are a lot of things that keep us on Someday Isle – lack of resources, shortage of enthusiasm, time constraints, commitments, fear

I’ve visited “Someday Isle” briefly throughout the years, but it hasn’t been my style to stay long. My “Someday I’ll” statements seldom run longer than six months. “Someday I’ll be editor of a newspaper.” “Someday I’ll buy a house.” “Someday I’ll learn to sail.” I’ve turned them into goals and found
success.

Throughout the years, I’ve read my share of books and articles about goal setting. Of course, it takes a plan to accomplish a goal, but first it takes a commitment. My success with getting off “Someday Isle” has come when my “Someday I’ll” statements turn into “This summer, I’ll…” or “Next week, I’ll…”

I think the biggest step to getting off Someday Isle is to redefine the dreams as goals.

But every once in a while, I think we all find ourselves stuck on that isle, awaiting life’s changes.

I was talking with a new acquaintance the other day about life’s possibilities. And to my own surprise, I found myself uttering a new “someday I’ll” statement. He asked “is that a goal or a dream?” Hmmm… I thought, “It’s a dream.” I said. “If it were a goal, I’d already be on my way.”

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.” – Louisa May Alcott