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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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Liliana Garcia
Liliana Garcia2 years ago

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

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Let's dream a good dream

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago


Shirley Angel
Shirley Moes3 years ago

I love dreamsssss

Marianna B Molnar


Sasha M.
Past Member 3 years ago


Alice Birmingham
Alice Birmingham3 years ago

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

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago