“She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day. She liked then to wander alone into strange and unfamiliar places. She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested.”
One of the children in my life had the following conversation immediately after waking up:
Child: I’m glad we live in this dimension and not the other.
Me : Oh, That’s good. What’s in the other dimension?
Child: Nooooo! We have to build the machine to get there! We don’t have the parts.
I guess that means we’re stuck here.
And when you leave you learn the thing that all day dreamers learn: when you leave the realm of magic beasts, they wait for your return.
–Day Dreamers by Emily Winfield Martin
“Home at last! It knew just what to do. Right then and there, the little seed started to grow…Soon many more seeds filled the sky again. Each one had a dream. They bloomed in their own time. And each one made the world more beautiful.”
“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”
“I think that for both children and parents, Santa Claus represents a welcome distraction from the harsher realities of life that many of us have to deal with. Children can tell Santa Claus their hopes and dreams the same way they might wish upon a star. And most parents wouldn’t ever want to dash those dreams or put limits on their children’s innocent optimism. Even in tough economic times—perhaps especially then—Christmas and Santa Claus represent a shining ray of hope. Sure, Santa might not give a child everything he or she wants, and honestly, I don’t think that many children truly expect that. To their little minds, though, it can’t hurt to at least ask, right?”
“When she crossed that channel, which she had done many times in the past decades, she always felt as if she was taking tender steps across her heart. She walked across her heart into a new life. Ellie would walk into that place where dreams expanded; where the details of making a camp in the woods mattered more than the demands of life outside the wilderness. Here, Ellie could come close to having peace and expansion fill her—what she needed now.”
Finding Mother, Voice Lessons: Tales of Breaking Free;
“Someday I will ask myself if I was disillusioned
I will ask myself if I have proven
That I made it on my own terms
Yeah I may have suffered some burns but I am
Living my dreams and I am who I wanna be
But you say life is a battlefield
And you have given me the arms
You say I have to fight
I have to keep moving on
On this path that you’ve tread
On this map that is yours
Well I have to say, have to say, have to say
That I can’t fight your war, I can’t fight your war”
–Susie Suh by Susie Suh
Last night I woke from a dream I do not remember. It wasn’t a very memorable dream, so there was no regret in not remembering. The sole memory that remained was the following statement:
Change is a choice,
Choice is a change.
I’m seriously considering putting it on a t-shirt.
“It takes courage to share your visions with the world. It forces you to take a stand. And often it presents a grandiose vision. Others may scoff and think you can’t achieve it. The good news is that those aren’t the people with whom you should associate anyway because they won’t help you achieve success.“
–Start at the End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster by Reversing Their Business Plan