Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Dream


Maggie seemed to be living the dream. She did all of the “right” things, as advised by the commercial experts. Rewarded, she possessed many elaborate creature comforts.

Still, somehow, genuine joy always eluded Maggie. She never realized that she lived through counterfeit dreams.


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24 comments:

  1. Superimposed dreams are counterfeit indeed ...

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  2. It's also why a parent's dreams for a child won't fulfill the child the way her/his own dreams will.

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    1. Mimi, no one can fulfill your dreams, parent, spouse, or even friends.

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  3. I think that for many of us, this becomes a real issue as we get older, hence the mid-life "crisis" thing. Even I, who never was a business go-getter/money-maker, feel an internal shift at this time in my life. A pull from what we're told we should want to what my heart and soul ache for.

    There's a great quote from Brené Brown that really hit me when I first read it: "People may call what happens at midlife 'a crisis,' but it's not. It's an unraveling - a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you're 'supposed' to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are."

    Yet one has to balance that out with the very real necessity of paying mortgage or rent, bills, groceries, etc. It can be challenging to find one's balance and one's peace.

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    1. This quote made me cry. I am well-past midlife. But, I feel that pull, more desperate each passing season. For me, it has much to do with where I need to be, where I want to end up.

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    1. I think so, too. I try to write along the common thread within us all.

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  5. Right now I dream of just retiring. I'm not planning anything. I just want to be kinder to this old worn out body. Actually it only needs a bit of rest to be lively again because I'm still young at heart and I love life... I'll keep on dreaming till it comes true.

    PS, today was a very heavy day of physical work.
    Hugs, Julia
    Hugs, julia

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    1. Julia, you deserve to relax and have fun! I hope that you do, soon. Hugs.

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  6. Now that stops and makes you think!

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  7. I really like that and it does make you think...

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  8. Another thought-provoking few sentences. You do this so well, Annie. Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers to all.

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    1. Thanks for that. Sometimes it takes a lot to get it right. Hugs!

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  9. Annie,

    It's sad to think there are some who can't find genuine happiness. They often look to others for it coming up empty handed when the bottom falls through. I learned years ago that I had to depend first on me for said happiness and when it comes through others then that's just icing on the cake. I'm blessed to have a wonderful husband who truly brings me much happiness and I know there are those still searching for that kind of relationship.

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    1. Some people never find their happiness because they are looking outside of themselves.

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  10. I have been lamenting my lack of dreams, and even long term goals. My life is comfortable, though, and happiest spent writing. Beautifully written, my dear.

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  11. Sweet friend,
    you also have such a wonderful blog, I'm following you with much joy !

    Blessings

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

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  12. Poor Maggie. It is hard to be true to yourself when you dream other people's dreams. It hurts to live counterfeit dreams. Your story is one that needs to be told so the Maggie's of the world can get real. Thanks for sharing your lines.

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