I have a dream. We all have dreams, even those who have become bitter and think they’ve lost their dreams. We all have dreams. My dream is to own a used bookstore. Some think I am crazy with the onset of the Kindle and the Nook; not to mention the economy. Some think I should never let go of my dream, keep pursuing it until I have it in my grasp. I eat, sleep, dream books and how I would run my shop, interact with clientele, where the books would be placed, how the children’s section would look, taste, feel. Where the big comfy chairs would be so people can just relax for a moment while selecting just the right book……Oh in my mind’s eye I have the bookstore all laid out, the people coming in, the requisite cat in the window and the dog behind the counter, and the smell of books, ahhh, what a wonderful dream.
Then thinking about dreams this morning I also just said in passing, to myself, “well, I wish just the right location would open up. and the rent would be just the right amount. and i wish….” Well, of course, then it immediately comes to mind the old saying my mom would spit out if we ever, ever let it the word “wish” fall from our lips “well, if wishes were horses then beggers could ride” Ok, I have to admit, I still don’t get it. And it still drives me crazy that I can hear my mom in my head every single time I say “I wish” Aaargh!!!
So it got me to thinking, what’s the difference between a wish and a dream? According to www.dictionary.com a wish is “to want; desire; long for” and a dream is “an aspiration; goal; aim.” Only a slight difference in semantics but a huge difference in real life. To have a dream, one sets goals….steps to achieve those goals, with a tangible reward at the end. To have a wish is just to want something handed to you without the work necessary to achieve the goal. Thus all the personal satisfaction of achieving is not there as it would be if you had achieved your dream. Such deep thinking for a Monday morning!
So I’ll go back to my drawing board today and work on those goals so I CAN achieve my dream in 2010!