Thrivin’ Tuesdays: What Dreams May Come

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

The things we fear the most, we need the most. We fear our dreams, we fear the unknown. We fear ourselves and our power and being able to change the world.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

~ Edgar Allan Poe

But how do we get from wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming to actually doing, to thriving? This was the question of the morning.

Wondering. We must wonder. I must. I’ve always been a curious creature. Wondering how things work, what makes them tick, what a thing or person’s unique quality is. I’m of the philosophy that if I can break something by tinkering with it, it wasn’t made all that well to begin with. I believe this of things, and I believe this of people. People cannot be broken by other people. We can only break ourselves, and even then we’re just energy shifted into forms we don’t recognize. The unknown.

Fearing. We must fear. I must. After all, “fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth,” according to Pema Chödrön. We don’t always like the truth, but the truth, whatever our truth is, makes us stronger. Our truth is our way forward. Our truth is our strength. Like our selves, our truth cannot be broken. It can shift and change, it can move forward with us and backward. It can push and pull and leave us wondering if it is really our truth. And so it is.

Doubting. We must doubt. I must. There are few things we are absolutely certain of in this world. The old line of death and taxes comes to mind, but there is more certainty in the world than just death and taxes, I’m sure. I’m certain one moment only to find myself lost the next. I have an inkling of finding my way only to discover that way leads to a place I no longer want to be. I doubt myself because I wonder if any of what’s in my head is actually possible. It would seem the answer is no, yet my truth tells me it is. It is all possible, whatever it is.

Dreaming. We must dream. I must. Kids have dreams of being firemen and teachers presidents and changing the world. You can believe that simply becoming an adult brings us into reality and the world as we know it cannot be changed. What really happened is a succumbing to doubt. Believing in what is rather than what is possible. Oh, but what is possible? Anything. Everything. Nothing. It’s all up to you and what you do about what you believe is possible.

Doing. We must do. I must. We are an active people, you and I. We thrive in doing. We thrive in being. We thrive in moving forward. We don’t thrive when we sit on the couch and watch [whatever it is we watch], or when we sit over coffee and talk about all the dreams we let slip by because we never did anything about them. Go out and get a round tuit and follow Maya Agelou’s wise words: Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.

Thriving. We must thrive. I must. You must. Thriving is about not only dreaming the dreams no mortal would dare to dream, but actually bringing those dreams to life. Your life. And maybe even changing the world in the process.


olive & hope September.8.2010 at 5.31 pm

love this Dian. oh how I have missed this space, your words, and you.

Dian Reid September.13.2010 at 2.35 pm

Well I’ve been a bit absent myself, lately, and I’ve missed you, too. Headed over to your website of delight right now =)

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