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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Dreams


One of the talks I frequently used to give locally was titled Life Begins At Retirement, and while this article is not about aging or retirement, there are parallels. When you dream of a different life than the one you are living, you should not brush those dreams aside as ludicrous or impossible, because they are showing you other possibilities that - because you yearn for them - indicate that your current life is not all it could be.

Dreams and goals show us parts of ourselves that have not yet been fulfilled. Dreaming of possessing a mansion or a Ferrari, or being a celebrity, is not the same as dreaming of finishing a painting or becoming an expert in Chinese stamps from the 19th Century, or writing a novel, or training to be a certified PADI instructor. In the latter set of dreams it is something inside of you that seeks expression. In the former set of dreams it is something you desire that is outside of you and that has nothing to do with achieving a greater expression of your inner self.

Dreams you have - at any age - as C.S. Lewis, the author of The Narnia Cronicles stated: "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream", can give you life, vibrancy, depth, and meaning. Pay attention to your new dreams because they offer you pathways that can help you enrich your inner expression.



Photo Credit: Simon Howden

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