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Tread Lightly on Dreams

Tread Lightly on Dreams

Today, a friend of mine posted a status update on Facebook about the importance of refraining from criticizing the dreams of others. This is an important lesson. Dreams are fragile. They are often unconventional – no one dreams of a typical office job.

Because they are unconventional, dreams tend to entail a degree of risk, and it is easy to feel foolish for believing we can beat the odds and succeed. Unless we dream of something blatantly reckless or dangerous, what we need from loved ones is support. The reflexive response when someone tells us about their dreams might be to point out all the ways it could fail. This could be out of genuine concern for the person’s well-being, or it could be because, if we haven’t followed our own dreams, we become defensive when others consider taking that risk.

Whatever the case, it is not appropriate to criticize another person’s nascent dreams. In these early stages of dream development, it does not take much for us to become discouraged from pursuing something out of the ordinary. Yes, our dreams might fail. And certainly there are lessons to be learned and challenges to take into account. But as we try to nourish our dreams and help them bloom, what we need from loved ones is support and encouragement.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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8:14AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:39AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Just saying: "Sounds challenging. Let me know if I can be of some help" is all the response needed.

4:06AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Let's dream a good dream

6:31AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013


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2:56PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

I love dreamsssss

7:42AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012


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2:54PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Going after dreams is equivalent to a higher education and you learn more from failures than from successes.

2:24PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012


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