Dreams….or Wishes?

January 11, 2010 Life Well Lived 3

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!

3 Responses to “Dreams….or Wishes?”

  1. Richard

    I love the fact that you have and believe in dreams / wishes, I think they are the same. So many people now days don't dream enough. When it comes to products or making something happen , I find myself dreaming, wanting, desiring. Most of my dreaming turns into research. Most things I do that involved a financial commitment started with a dream or wish to have. When I made the impulsive move I already had researched the risk. It really sometimes is just timing. Sometimes its better to try and go for it. The book store is not a far out dream, I've seen lots of them in my travels. Wishes and dreams just don't happen you have to take steps and charge forward. They are just the conduit to our thoughts and a will to make things happen

  2. toddhurley

    Hi Stacy,

    One of my favorite sayings is, "Dream Out Loud", and that is exactly what you are doing here. I applaud you and your dream. I am just as passionate about books as you are, and I can actually smell the books too. I have a dog and a cat, and if I could spend all day (or all my life) in and around books, I would be a very happy person indeed.

    If we didn't dream, we would never accomplish anything of significance. One of my other favorite sayings comes from Mark Twain:
    "Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

    So, I guess I'm trying to say…follow your dream. It would be the worst thing to have never tried. I'm with you. Go for it!

    Good Luck!

    Todd Hurley
    The Hurley Edition.

  3. Stacy

    I love that quote from Mark Twain! I'm going to post it on my mirror and keep on trucking. Thank you for the encouragement AND the quote =]
    It's nice to know there are others out there who are just as passionate about books as I am! Sometimes I wonder if we are a dying breed but then I stumble across one of us in a tiny bookstore and my confidence is restored!
    Thanks again!!!!

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