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No great idea ever came to fruition through an absence of dreaming. It may seem silly or frivolous to dream, especially if you have a lot of responsibilities and your life is all about other peoples’ needs and your obligations to them. (You may be quite happily obligated, I might add…)
In fact, the more obligated and responsible you are, the more you may find yourself dreaming. You may daydream about going off to the South of France or running away to San Francisco. You may dream of opening a café or a bed and breakfast, starting a magazine or opening a women’s shelter.
The point is, the more you allow yourself to dream, the more possible it is that your dreams will come true.
Shutting down that dreaming muscle is akin to stopping your workout routines or never, ever reading anything worthwhile again. Part of you atrophies and starves without your dreams; they need you as much as you need them.
Another way of looking at your life dreams is to think of them as messages or visions about your soul’s calling from your unconscious mind. After all, some of us dream of being figure skaters and some of us dream of being economists – we’re as different and unique in our dreams as we are in all other aspects of our lives.
To think of dreams as cloud-like, not-yet-solid visions is to give them the power they deserve. It is possible to take a fluffy, cloudlike, unformed dream and flesh it out with purpose, intention and real vision. You can use your dreams as springboards into another life, another part of your life or another way of living your life that may make you and everyone around you quite happier than you’d ever realized you could be.
Dreamers are visionaries. It doesn’t matter if they’re sleeping, sitting in an office somewhere, typing up bank statements on a computer or scooping ice cream. They may have dreams and visions the size of a giant waterfall and as equally majestic. Dreamers create thoughts and desires, from gardens to day care centers, from trips around the world to new technology, from art to music to buildings and infrastructures to new ideologies and grassroots movements.