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March 23, 2010


What a wonderful post! I've been wishing needlessly for my dreams to come true rather than enjoying the ones that I have going on around me now. Who'd have thought inspiration would come from Harry Potter, lol!

Is wanting more money too much of the dream that should be walked away from? Sort of joking. Sometimes I feel like I look for dreams that can make me wealthy instead of just looking for dreams that would make me happy.

The other day I was asked to imagine what I would do if I knew it would be my last day to live. It was startling to realize that I would do pretty much what I do everyday - spend it with my husband and my kids. All of the dreams of more 'stuff' (a better income, a nicer house and car, etc.) were not there at all. I wish I could quit dreaming about them so much...and LIVE my life. Thanks Whitney for putting it so well.

I was entranced by the dream of running my own camp for three years. It is crippling. I'm past it now as my current project is finally sprouting wings, but the mirror absolutely hampered me in committing myself fully to the present.

It definitely takes looking at the "dream" and analyzing it. For me, I came to the realization that the "dream" would change many of the things I'm ecstatic about with my life now.

Brilliant post, Whitney!

My desperate desire has been to have the "right" solution to whatever my quandary might be. That leaves me wasting away in research rather than taking some action and adjusting along the way.

And my deepest and apparently desperate dream really is out of my control because it deals with others' agency. Because I have focused so much on that dream, I have forgotten or ignored the tender little mercies that surround me and those whose agency I cannot control.

What Bonnie said precisely describes much of my adulthood. Though I've recognized it and have made efforts to accept the things that ARE, and make peace with the life I have, it's still hard to give up those dreams...especially the "righteous" ones (eg: that my husband will find his faith again and we can be unified on that front, etc.) Letting go of the "but I didn't sign up for this" mentality has been a hard time coming.

I trust that the path I'm given to travel will contain all the opportunities to learn and grow that I need in my life, and I'm getting better at being okay with that and feeling grateful for what I have. I'm also trying to be more alert to opportunities that I mightn't have seen before me in the past...especially unexpected ones.

I enjoyed this post a lot Whitney. My thanks for sharing it.

This is a great post. You have such a gift.

Great post. Sometimes we get caught up in the act of daydreaming and are unwilling to let dreams work with reality. Other times, we want a dream to come true with the work we want to do, and not the work that is actually required. With the right perspective dreams can be a joy, instead of a torment. Thanks!

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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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