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Why being a dreamer is a beautiful thing

Vibrant colorful green leaf stands out from background symbolizing a dreamer.

We generally think of a dreamer as an unrealistic person.
You know:  not practical.
Just a dreamer, we say of someone.
Implying that they will amount to nothing.

I have always been a dreamer.
Some of my family doubtless still wonder
if I will ever “amount to” anything. 🙂

I remember once being shamed for it.
Still makes me laugh, because I asked for it.
I was at a family wedding decades ago, 
and for some unknown reason
dropped this comment into a conversation I was having:
I don’t have a realistic bone in my body,” I said with a smile.
The relative I was talking with, a very wealthy man,
looked me in the eyes and stated:  “It shows.”

You’d think that encounter would have discouraged me.
It didn’t. 
I kept right on dreaming.
Thank God,  or I never would have gotten to live my dreams
as I am living them now.

How about you?

Are you a dreamer?
What if you are, and just don’t know it?

Dolly Parton is a dreamer. 
I think she imagined herself, don’t you?
I mean, who else could have come up with 
who that woman is!!!
And look how she makes her dreams real. 
She takes her love, her talent, and her imagination
and transforms the world.

She has transformed the backwoods community she grew up in
from a severely limiting place 
into a place where the sky is the limit.
I know. I saw it. I just spent several days there.
She recently wrote a book called Dream More.
I brought a copy home with me.

In it she urges all of us to dream more, 
learn more, 
care more,
BE more.
How’s that for beautiful???

Dolly was a young girl back in the 60’s 
when those Kennedy dreamers, JFK and RFK, 
were our leaders.
Back then, RFK declared:
Some men see things as they are, and say why.
I dream of things that never were, and say why not.

Can’t you just hear little Dolly saying to herself:
            “Yeah, and some women dream of things, too!”

Right now maybe you are saying to yourself:
“Yeah, but how can I ever be anything like Dolly, or RFK???”

Actually, you don’t need to be like them.
You just need to be yourself.
Go ahead and be a dreamer.
Dream as big as you want to
as Brooks and Dunn sing in “Only in America.

Then go out there and make your dream real.
Ah, but you may be asking…

How can I create a great life dream?