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September 29, 2009

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This post reminds me of song by David Wilcox, "That's What the Lonely is For." On several occasions, the lyrics to this song helped me accept and listen to my emptiness. Here is it:

The depth of your dreams, the height of your wishes
The length of your vision to see, the hope of your heart
Is much bigger than this
For it's made out of what might be

Now picture your hope, your heart's desire -
As a castle that you must keep
In all of its splendor, it's drafty with lonely
This heart is too hard to heat

Chorus:

When I get lonely ah, that's only a sign
Some room is empty, and that room is there by design
If I feel hollow - that's just my proof that there's more
For me to follow - that's what the lonely is for

Is it a curse or a blessing this palace of promise
When the empty chill makes you weep
With only the thin fire of romance to warm you
These halls are too tall and deep

But, you can seal up the pain, build walls in the hallways
Close off a small room to live in
But those walls will remain, and keep you there always
And you'll never know why you were given... why you were given the lonely

Some room is empty
If I feel hollow that's just my proof that there's more
For me to follow - that's what the lonely is for

From the deep of your dreams, the height of your wishes
The length of your vision to see, the hope of your heart
Is much bigger than this
For it's made out of what might be


I think of a professional development I attended on goal setting. To meet a goal you needed to be significantly dissatisfied with your current position, otherwise you wouldn't make the changes necessary to move towards the desired goal.

I think of the empty space that exists right now in some of my personal goals, and wonder how I can honor that emptiness more so I get sick of it, and REALLY want change. Until that happens, nothing else will.

Aren't dreams much like a prayer...when you believe that prayers are answered then a dream/prayer may be something you submit to your maker for approval. Now we all know that we take a chance when we dream/pray. Sometimes the answer is yes and often the answer is no...not this dream/prayer. However, we then need to reexamine why we wanted what we wanted. When the answer is no we need to realize that the dream is not dead...it only needs to be revised.

A void filled with disappointment, I have always thought, makes us stronger and wiser. Take that as a gift. It does not need to be a void to be filled but a lesson to be embraced. I should know because dreams have died in my life...many times.

Thank you for your visit Whitney...I continue, like you, to do what I do. Yours is a wonderful quest. Don't stop!!!

b

Sometimes my empty spots turn out not to be empty when I realize what else took their place. Sometimes when it's a matter of time that prevents me from filling my empty spots I look for other things to temporarily fill that need: good friends, cultural events, religion.

Oh, how I love and miss Sally. I'd love to be in touch with her again.

I'm still hopeful that my professional dreams will be realized, though I often get discouraged.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.

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