Most of my life I have had dreams of new things coming, of better things tomorrow. For years, I assumed others walked through life in a similar way. I was sad to learn that is not true. Many, if not most people, get caught up in the busy-ness of today and the mundane tasks on their to-do lists. They rarely think of the future, or if they do, it is with dread of finding more of the same.

I guess I am different. I guess I am a DREAMER.

Now let me clarify… I don’t see myself as a willowy, wander-through-life, never-face-reality sort of dreamer. Nor do I think I am merely a distracted day-dreamer. I envision new things, big or small, to reach for. I envision out-of-the-box solutions to challenges (even just the challenge of boredom). These are not passive dreams, but active ones.

Years ago I found a magnet with a quote by Henry David Thoreau: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. That magnet was on my frig at our farm in central Ohio. It moved with me to our condo and later our house in Cleveland. It traveled with me in our RV wanderings. And it has a place of honor in my kitchen today.

Living here in remote New Mexico, trying to make a difference in the lives of people around us is part of living a dream. A few days ago I posted a new “page” on this blog. (You can see it by clicking on the label about dreams on the top of the blog page.) I have made blank scrapbook pages of “someday” dreams, ready to add photos when I reach those dreams (or even just to commemorate first baby-steps towards those dreams).

There is something powerful about being intentional about dreams. I like this quote by T.E. Lawrence:

All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.

In her book, Write It Down, Make It Happen, Henriette Klauser states “…Once you write down a goal, your brain will be working overtime to see you get it, and will alert you to the signs and signals that…were there all along.” Now I’m not into some sort of magical, voodoo, name-it-and-claim-it scenario. Just because you want something doesn’t mean you will actually get it.

On the other hand, just like when you look at buying a new car and you suddenly see them everywhere you drive, when you write down your dreams, your envisionings, you will indeed begin to see possibilities around you.

I’ve learned that it is not a bad thing to be a “dreamer.” I’ve learned that achieving dreams is not something you have to be good enough for or something limited to only those who deserve to reach their dreams.

I am proud to call myself a DREAMER. What about you?

What do you “dream” of doing…someday? What are you doing to get there, even if it is little baby steps in that direction? Write down a few dreams, or make a blank scrapbook for them. Tell them to somebody—I know I would love to hear them!

Join me…let’s FOLLOW OUR DREAMS!