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We Dream We Plan We Live


I wonder if some of the generations below us have decided that we are too old to dream. Because it is not so. We can always dream…and we must.

There is always something in the DNA of humans, something lying fallow in our makeup, that periodically blooms, grows, takes us over. We dream, we plan, we live! And even in dire situations, we go on living. Sometimes it’s hard to work toward those dreams. Sometimes the very act of dreaming provides us with solace. At our core, we all have some vision that we aspire to, that we lean toward and encourage in ourselves and in our children and families. Today you will meet writers whose words build and create worlds that provide the reader with a sharp, yet sympathetic understanding of life and lives…different lives, lives of joy and sorrow. How many of these books have you already read? If not, I hope you will add some of them to your list: MUST READ. 

― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking, her work on how she came to understand the death of her husband. “I could not count the times during the average day when something would come up that I needed to tell him. This impulse did not end with his death. What ended was the possibility of response.”

― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead, her thoughts on laughter. “It is an amazing thing to watch people laugh, the way it sort of takes them over. Sometimes they really do struggle with it . . . so I wonder what it is and where it comes from, and I wonder what it expends out of your system, so that you have to do it till you’re done, like crying in a way, I suppose, except that laughter is much more easily spent.”

― Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk, on yearning for the spiritual. “What have we been doing all these centuries but trying to call God back to the mountain, or, failing that, raise a peep out of anything that isn’t us? What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are not they both saying: Hello? We spy on whales and on interstellar radio objects; we starve ourselves and pray till we’re blue.”

― Dr. Seuss on dreams. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

― Vincent van Gogh on dreaming. “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

___C.S. Lewis on dreaming. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

___Lewis B. Smedes on forgiving, which helps dreams come to life. “Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, on writing. “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” And his famous last line from The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Because we do beat on, we do dream on, we do keep going. A person very dear to me wrote me this in the flap of a favorite book: Your creativity is boundless, and now I have the chance to make sure you truly believe this about yourself. My creativity, if it is anything at all, is your gift to me, and I’ll spend my life trying to give it back to you. 

Those words truly are the stuff of dreams. But so is the Valentine from the person we didn’t expect to hear from or the endorsement on Facebook or Linked In, the recommendation freely offered for whatever goal, job, dream we are seeking. We all need to hold each other up, to be a brick in the wall of the dream of the persons we care about. It’s just so true, We are all in this together. 

So…what is the stuff of your dreams? And how are you going to work toward those dreams? And who will help you, who will offer to place a brick in the wall of your dream so that it is strong and purposeful? Please share your dreams.



11 Responses

    1. Hi Kathy…I think that is why I read. I love to dream, to see what others are thinking about LIFE, because our lives can be so varied
      and sometimes just one sentence helps you see things from a hew perspective. THANKS FOR READING AND POSTING, Beth

  1. I read partially to be transported to existences I never would have known about, although, because one of my preferred genres is dystopian literature, some of those worlds aren’t too pleasant. But the protagonists never stop dreaming, no matter how dire things get. I enjoy the many viewpoints literature brings me, especially when the story is so good you just don’t want it to end and you start rereading the book the second you finish it.

    1. Hi Alana, wow I don’t read dystopian lit, but I admire that you do. I guess I am chicken or my brain cannot go that far. I love your comment about
      rereading as soon as you finish. You are a loyal reader!! Beth

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