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February 13, 2010


Great post. I particularly liked this: "I want to learn how to dream." I have forgotten - forgotten the difference between hopes and dreams - forgot that my dreams have to be within my possibility and not linked to what others might do and forgot that failure is a necessary step to perfection.

As I watch the Olympics, I definitely feel a sense of victory for each athlete who made it there, whether they medal or not. There absolutely is joy in dreaming and in going for it!

I am delighting in the metaphor of the post-it note declaration. As the dreams slip and slide all over the show we have to make a choice to say "well, that was that then" or find a little duct-tape and cement those dreams in clear view. Beautiful companion posts. You're voice is clear and being heard.

Two beautiful posts. Thank you Madeleine and Whitney.

i grew up in NPB too. though i was never a natural dreamer, due in part to the environment i was raised in, i did develop a few hopes and dreams for my future. with few resources and very little support in my life, i didn't have the confidence and self-worth to dream big.

the dreams i did have ended up being reliant upon other people to come to fruition...they weren't entirely within my control. i did all i could to ensure i'd end up getting what i was hoping for, but when life circumstances resulted in those dreams not being realized, i lost my Will To Dream, and became somewhat numb for a long time.

but i'm finding it again, that Will To Dream. the liminal state that i've been in (seemingly forEVer!) is finally giving way to the next phase, and i am trying to identify the things i want to include and work for in it.

writing is one of the best ways for me to aids in the coalescence of my thoughts and ideas. and this site is one of my favorite resources for gaining insights. loved your post and the thoughts others shared. my babies are now 13 and 10, and i had such a sense of nostalgia for the stages of their lives that are gone forever. i can only hope that grandmothering (someday) will have some of those elements that i miss now that they're too old to tuck under my chin and sing to.

I am a natural dreamer because I have a pretty vivid imagination. I think this is so because my mother encouraged me to think big, which kept my mind active.

Having a sort of deeper emotional imperative related to my sense of being in the world helps me overcome failure - on a daily basis!

My dear cousin, how i love you so. It takes all kinds to make this wonderful world work. I have been called more than once "a free spirit". I don't know what that means but I dream, my dreams take me far above this mortal world. Past my limitations, shortcomings and accepted norms of this world. They push me to hope for the joy and success of the next world. I live breath and ache for the ideal, that pushes me to dream to dream for better for whats best. what i deserve what I want and what needs to be. not that this is hatched from unmet expectations or being unhappy with what i have been blessed with. I believe this has been instilled in me by those who went before us and left us the amazing legacy we have to leave to those who follow. those of us in the clouds need that person on the ground to lift us up there and when we fall down to the depths of the ocean we needs those on higher ground to pull us out. thanks mandy.

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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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