When a dream comes true, the dreamer walks into a different world, one that did not exist before. Sometimes in the excitement and trepidation of the newness of the manifestation, it’s easy to forget to be grateful.

My dream was to become a published author, and now that I have a book, I have to learn to market it, to promote it and myself. I am thrilled and overwhelmed at the same time. New tasks call out to be done, new decisions to be made, new skills to learn.

As an author, I have different priorities than I do as an aspiring writer. It becomes more important to get the next book out, to put myself out there, to take new steps that I could not take before.

Amidst the joy of arrival comes a bit of grief at the end of the journey, a sense of loss that the familiar longing has been fulfilled. An empty moment appears at the top of the mountain—the goal has been reached. Now what?

Fill that moment with gratitude.

Taking a moment to breathe, being thankful for a bit of respite before moving on to the next step gives me time to acknowledge the blessings of this journey before I start on the next. Standing on the top of one mountain gives the dreamer a perspective of where she has been, and what her options are for the next step. What a gift. How thankful I am to be here.

Now I need to add to my to-do list to stop every day and be thankful for being at the next step.