Friday, April 3, 2015

The Lesson of Dreams Can Come True

My husband was a dreamer. Me, not so much. But dreams do come true. I used to dream of having a man like Richard in my life. And when he appeared it wasn't apparent right away. But after awhile I knew that dreams come true. He WAS my dream!

I dreamed of a successful career. It wasn't the one that I ended up with. But becoming a nurse was what God had planned for me. It wasn't my dream. But I had a successful career. That WAS my dream!
He dreamed Big!


I dreamed of a family. I had two sons. I wouldn't trade them for all the money in the world. Things didn't turn out quite the way I would have wanted them to. But I got my family. That WAS my dream!

I had dreams of traveling all over the world. And, along with Richard, those dreams came true. We traveled all over the United States. And we traveled to Australia, Singapore, Viet Nam, Thailand, Panama, Jamaica, Venezuela, Indonesia, Granada, Mexico and other places I've probably left out. That WAS our dream!



You just can't dream, though, and expect to get what you want. It takes a lot of work. And sometimes a lot of money. But if you want something bad enough you can make your dreams come true! What kind of dreams have you seen come true? I think it is time for me to pay attention to C. S. Lewis and set another goal. Dream a new dream!

See other Lessons here.

42 comments:

  1. You have been well traveled Paula!! I bet it was neat to see some of those places :) I like how you got your dreams even if they didn't turn out the way you might have expected them to. I did dream to have children, did have children but not the way I thought I would have them (our's are adopted). So true that dreams coming true does take work and most definitely money. I have a dear friend who was a nurse, she always wanted to go further, be a nurse practitioner. About 3 years ago she made the decision at the age of 50 to go back to school to get her nurse practitioner certification (or whatever they call it). Worked hard to pursue that dream, finished her training in December and is now working as a nurse practitioner. So even when we think we are "old" we can still pursue dreams!

    betty

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    1. Yes, we were lucky to travel together. He loved traveling. I loved being with him. I'm glad we had those memories together. Good for your friend. I have no more aspirations as far as with nursing. After caring for Richard I am nursed out. I am battling with whether or not to renew my license which expires this month. I probably will. One last time! I think any way you can become a mother fulfills the dream. Richard always wanted kids of his own, but never had them. But he always told everyone that my kids were his kids. And They were!!

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  2. I never thought about dreams until I was getting ready to travel to Arizona to see my son graduate from college. I realized that it was a dream come true! Then, he got married ... another dream realized. Nice post!

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    1. I am happy that you got to see your son graduated and married. Those of dreams many of us mothers have!

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  3. I know my husband is a dreamer, like you, I'm not sure I am. I guess if I sat down and went over my life, the way you did here, many dreams of mine may come to light. And many would have come true. Thank you for all your kind words, prayers, and support.

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    1. Sometimes I would get so frustrated with Richard and his dreams. But I am glad he took me on a few of them. I am thinking of you and praying often.

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  4. You have traveled all over the world - a dream I had at one time, and need to reignite. Many of my dreams have come true, but, like yours, not quite in a way I ever would have imagined.

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    1. We have done a fair amount of traveling. My husbands dreams realized. I'm glad I got to go with him.

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  5. I never thought about dreams coming true outside the lines I crafted, that is. Hmmmm, I need to ponder on Mr. Lewis' quote. Suppose that's a challenge? :)

    What a wonderful collection of vacation memories you and Richard gathered! I've never considered visiting Viet Nam - probably on account of a long-held prejudice due to my coming-of-age in the late 60's ... but folks tell me it's lovely.

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    1. Viet Nam wasn't someplace I had ever thought about traveling to. For the same reasons as you. My brother was drafted in 1968 and was in the jungles of Viet Nam for a year. We are very lucky he came home to us. I was glad to get to see Viet Nam. It was a country devastated by war but it very beautiful!

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  6. Lot's of little dreams. The biggest dream that came true for me was my to have my whole family "saved" and in Church together. You had some beautiful dreams come true!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp's Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge

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    1. That would be a wonderful dream fulfilled Barbara. Not one that has happened, yet, for my family. But I won't quit hoping and praying for it

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  7. Hi Paula - excellent D post .. and I'm so happy for you that all was well as time went on. You certainly are well travelled .. but not the UK or Europe I see ... but I'd love to visit some of the places you've done.

    Yes perhaps I need a Dream .. a new dream with some action behind it! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Richard visited Europe on Uncle Sam's dime in the 1950's. He always wanted to go back. We just ran out of time.

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  8. There are always new dreams to dream if you try. I thought mine were all used up but low and behold they are there.
    Sorry to hear about losing your husband - so painful to start anew and alone

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    1. It is painful, for sure! But I will survive. We always do

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  9. Such a great post and I believe in this firmly! You just have to want it bad enough, know the realism of it (I wanted to dance like Cyd Charisse but I did not get the opportunity where I grew up nor do I have those legs) and patience. I wanted to help people-in what way-didn't know-now I am a Credit Counsellor and help many people. I wanted to travel to Europe...and I have and Budapest (the way Rise Stevens says Budapest in Going My Way made me dream of that place). So we can do anything we set our minds to. Love your post!

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    1. I always wanted to sing when I was younger. I still like to sing. But I know I don't have the greatest voice ever. Yes, you can help many people now. We CAN do what we set our minds to do!

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  10. Katy Did, my name, stands for Know All That You Dream Is Doable. I have had that nickname since I started to walk. Seems like it was a good one for life.

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    1. I am happy that you explained Katy Did. I have often wondered if it had a story behind it.

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  11. I love that quote by CS Lewis. Thanks for sharing and yes, dreams come true every day!!

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  12. A very uplifting post, Paula and a wonderful quote from C S Lewis :) I've become one of your new followers through the A to Z Challenge and look forward to learning more. Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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  13. Sounds great. Sometimes our realities don't meet our dreams...they surpass them.

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    1. Sometimes they do! Thanks for reminding me of that

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  14. I am enjoying your posts. I got through exactly one of your letters to Richard before misting up, so I'll have to come back and read more in little bits.

    I never would have dreamed so many of the current realities of my life. Not complaining... just life hasn't turned out as expected! Enjoy the blogging challenge!

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    1. Thank you MsDarkstar. I hope you will return often!

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  15. lovely post!! Thanks for sharing your dreams.

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    1. You are welcome. And thank you very much!

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  16. What a lucky woman you are! Not only have your dreams (mostly) come true, but you realise that they have. Good luck with the A-Z

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  17. I'm glad I found your blog thru A-Z - dreams have a way of changing, growing and being so different from what we imagined. Lovely post.

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    1. Thanks for visiting me Beverly! Dreams are important to us!

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  18. Such wise commentary on dreams. We tend to think our dreams are only achieved if they turn out the way we want them to, but you're so right that we need to look at what the dream really was.

    Jean, back from the Grand Tour and visiting for the A-Z Challenge from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer Number 209 on the A-Z List.

    Jean Schara
    Blackbirds First Flight (Quin)
    Blackbirds Second Flight (Glaring Upheaval and Fluffy Malone)

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    1. I've had a lot of dreams in my life and rarely do they turn out the way I want. But I have been happy with the way that they have turned out. For the Most part! Happy to have you visit!

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  19. Every once in awhile, my husband will pick up a Powerball ticket, and he and I will spend the evening dreaming about what we would do with the money if we won. It's fun, especially since he's the realist and I'm the dreamer!

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    1. I can only dream so much about winning the lottery. And then reality sets in. I don't spend money on the tickets anymore!

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  20. I'm not the world traveler you have been - at least not yet - but I did realize the dream of visiting Ireland, and this year I'll get 'see the Grand Canyon' off of my 'bucket list'. I've also seen the dream of being published realized, a few times, in anthologies. That's pretty cool.

    Have you ever been to Canada? It wasn't on your list :(

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    1. Yes we wandered briefly into Canada when visiting friends in Montana. We gambled a bit and then left. So Canada is on my list of traveled places. I'd like to visit again. I have lots of internet friends all over Canada

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