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Your wildest dream!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Yesterday, I read the book "Sweat Your Prayers" by Gabrielle Roth. In it I found a story that I thought would be appropriate to this month's project. Here it is:

"We are whoever we can imagine ourselves to be. Years ago I met an American girl from the Deep South on the beach in Sitges, Spain, who fantasized about being a nanny for Princess Grace in Monaco. On a whim she mailed a letter to Her Royal Highness. A few weeks later she received an airplane ticket to Monaco for an interview. She got the job. I never forgot this story and often tell it to people who think their dreams are too wild to come true."

That little story got me thinking. I was wondering if she got the job because she was extraordinarily qualified? or because it was so audacious? maybe both? and did she tell anyone that she was going to do that? was she excited and happy when she wrote the letter? was she so sure that it was a fantasy that she attached absolutely no expectations to it at all? was she surrounded by people who said to her "you can do anything you choose"?

All of which brings me to my next question: Is there something audacious and wild that you would like to do? Something so interesting, so fantastic, so exciting, that you would never even think of attempting it? Is there a letter you could write that might open the way for that wildly fantastic notion? Is there a phone call? a website you could visit? an ad you could put in the paper? What about Oprah? Is there some small action you could put forth to start that ball rolling? Are you afraid of how interesting and wonderful your life could be? So what if you fail? Approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less! So how about it? Wanna start something big?

Lets list our wildest dreams here, and then brainstorm with each other as to what small, simple action could be done to get the ball rolling. I dare you to think outside the box... way outside the box... something grand and impossible. Something wonderful. Who's up for it?


Shirley Twofeathers said...

Ok, I'm up for it. The idea that I have that has the most "juice" to it, the one that currently seems out of reach and unrealistic, is my idea to move into a "Vardo Van" - a totally cool, wonderfully colorful, small but efficient, van outfitted much like the Gypsy Vardo's of times gone by. Along with that dream, comes the idea of traveling here and there, blogging along the way, "pitching my tent" so to speak at various places and selling art, telling fortunes, teaching Reiki, talking to animals, telling stories, and being mysterious and magical.

The "how-to" totally eludes me. I'm thinking it would require a significant amount of money for the Vardo Van and the Laptop. Not to mention the self confidence and the courage to do all that other stuff.

If I had the money - I'd swallow my fears and go for it. So... how to finance my dream. That's the question. Any ideas?

Shirley Twofeathers said...

It just occured to me that it would be cool to post everyone's wildest dreams. That way, they're not hidden in the "comments." So, put your dreams here, and Saturday night or Sunday, I'll get them all up as a post. Then we can start brainstorming for each other.

Does that sound good?

Anonymous said...

i want to create an avian rescue. i haven't had a lot of passion about anything for a long time, but when i think of those birds that need to be rescued it gives me energy and i feel the strenght it would take to do it. that says a lot to me these days!

Cindy H said...

My dream doesn't really involve myself or my family. It involves a family who are friends of mine. My friends Holly and John have a son who is now 15 years old. When he was 11 years old he suffered a stroke and is now quadriplegic. Unfortunately, he also is unable to speak even though the stroke did not affect the part of his brain involving speech. The doctors here in KC don't know why he can't speak. He has a voice but can't get words out, just various grunts. The only way this poor child has to communicate is through very time-consuming yes and no questions. He indicates yes with his eyes and no with a slight hand movement. He has an electric wheelchair but doesn't even have enough hand control to drive it himself.

The sad thing is that he is 100% "there" mentally. He can still spell his favorite word: antidisestablishmentarianism"!!! He attends school but most of his friends have sort of "moved on" with their lives as teenagers but he is trapped in this body that won't even allow him to speak and I know he is just so miserable!!! I also feel for his parents, especially Holly, who cares for him full-time.

I have written e-mails to Oprah and Montel in the past but haven't had a response. I just KNOW that if we could get Jeremy on some national show, we could get exposure to his condition and find somebody who can help him get his speech back! That would be the greatest gift we could give that family!

As far as we know, he is the ONLY person to have survived a stroke such as this and lived AND still had 100% full mental capacity. Others have either died or are paralyzed, but in a vegetative state mentally.

Can you imagine having a severe pain and not being able to tell anybody about it? Can you imagine needing your nose scratched and not only can you not scratch it, you can't ask anyone else to?

Please visit for more information on this wonderful boy whom I have known since he was 2 years old.

It would be GREAT to brainstorm ways to get his condition national attention!!!

the gay bookworm said...

Okay so I like this idea of sharing our dreams. Even though we have done this before I think it is good to not only focus our dreams but to put them out there for the universe. My dream is to be the owner of the house at 1305 Owen St. in Saginaw Michigan. To have the wealth to fund or at least the start up funds for a community center where people in the community offer their skills whatever they may be to those in need of those skills. Where adults learn skills, pass along skills to others, adults or children. A place where people with time on their hands could maybe watch the children of people who need to work but can't afford daycare. Whatever the skill it is passed along to the community. From garndening to the arts, computers to automotive. This is something I have had in my heart for a long time. I would also like to have the wealth to support artists of all kinds. There are so many talented people whose dreams of creating art are squashed by lack of money and resources. I guess I bascially want to be wealthy, wealthy enough to support others in their pursuit of fulfillment.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to cease working in an attorney's office and write. I like my job but I'd love to be creative. This would also free up time for travel to Mexico and for taking a class on meditation..maybe for learning Reiki. My guide, Ole, keeps teling me to BREATH. It sounds so simple!
I read somewhere that by focusing on the VALUES you wish to accomplish rather than on the MONEY, it helps. So I want to be wealthier, yes. But what I'm really after is FREEDOM to live the creative life I imagine. By focusing on the values I want in my life, it seems that more doors are opening. I'm still broke.. ha ha ha! but the quality time with family and friends, the opportunities to write, the travel to Mexico, all those things are coming into my life right now! Amazing!
It seems like everyone already had that concept down..there were some wonderful and inspiring ideas posted! What a great bunch of people on this project!

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