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Dreaming The Future

Updated on June 26, 2014

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” - Edgar Allan Poe

Dreaming - The Past

She was a dreamer, even as a little girl. Although she had many friends, she also loved her time alone, time with bees and butterflies, the blooms of Spring flowers or the rustling leaves of Fall. She wasn’t a child that needed others to entertain her. She was quite content with the silly conversations she had with her dolls or the new cat that had come to live with them. Remembering, it seems there was always music playing in the background of her mind. They were the songs that made her skip when no one else was looking or dance under the spray of the garden hose on a hot summer day. She was a child who found joy in the simple things and could create a memorable moment from almost nothing.

She was a happy child and whether awake or asleep she dreamed of the future, a future filled with rainbows and music and the sound of laughter and warm sun on her skin.

Dreaming - The Present

The sun woke me this morning with its warm, gentle rays sneaking past the curtains on the window. I hadn’t planned to sleep so late but the bed was warm and the dreams sweet. It would have been nice to stay a bit longer.

The first hours of the morning are so kind. They offer the solitude that permits my mind to wander aimlessly from the past to the future and everywhere in between. Lingering in the past brings me pleasure as I remember the days of my youth when cares were few and the future seemed so full of hope and possibility. It was a time of imagining that people were good, the earth healthy, and opportunity abundant. What a dreamer I was, way back then.

Perhaps I am still a dreamer for although I have seen some hard times, I have always believed that the sun would return and warm my skin. Worry is for those that don't believe and love and laughter is always right around the corner. It is the benefit of being a dreamer I think, being able to see the beauty in simple things and understanding that obstacles are nothing more than diversions designed by our Creator to get us where we are supposed to be.

It is a gift to be able to escape the sadness and evil in the world in a moment of solitude and silence. Even in the quiet hours of the morning, there is a song in my heart and an expectation that something good is about to happen. The simple things bring such joy and serve to remind me that nothing bad lasts forever. It may be the solitary leaf that retains a tight grip on the tallest limb of the tree long after winter has arrived. As a dreamer, I hear that little leaf whisper - “never give up”. I watch the feral cat make its rounds of the neighborhood and I hear its message – “look around, be aware of your surroundings”. When the deer grazing in the backyard stands perfectly still, ears listening for intruders, I hear it say to me “you are never alone, just listen for the signs”. These are the memorable moments created in the silence that only a dreamer understands. They bring comfort and hope for a future that will shine brighter than the noonday sun.

Sitting here with my thoughts this morning, I am aware that although I am older, I am still very much like that little girl of so long ago. Over the course of my lifetime I have acquired many friends and yet I am still perfectly content to be alone with my thoughts. Time has not changed me from the person who found such pleasure in the simple things. Although I have accumulated more than my share of material objects, few of them are considered necessity and most, little more than clutter. Magical moments still surprise me and I am still awed by rainbows and wildflowers, and the sun, whether rising or setting can still take my breath away. Even now, I would still rather dance in the rain than on a ballroom floor. And yes, I still despise shoes and love squishing mud between my toes. That part of the little girl in me will never die.

Dreaming - The Future

I must be getting on with my day now. I have listened to the news and yes, most of it was bad but, I have also checked in with my friends on Facebook and Twitter and found many messages of hope. My friends are people who care about the earth. They care about animals and human suffering and although we rarely chat, we continue to share news that concerns us all. It may be news of the Buffalo being killed in Yellowstone or the fight for continued protection for wolves who could be taken off the endangered species list. permitting hunters to kill them once again. Another friend may send a message regarding the crazy political climate or concern over GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) in our food. These are the things that feed a dreamer’s dream of a brighter future, a better tomorrow, a healthier planet, and an end to human suffering. These are the things that keep a song in a dreamer’s heart and a smile on her face.

The world is full of dreamers. We are not extinct and we are not a dying breed. We call ourselves by many names and we come in every color, size and shape. We are responsible for creating a future for future generations and for creating memorable moments today that sustain us for the work that lies ahead. Will you dream with me and help create a sustainable dream for all of us?

© 2013 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." - - Henry David Thoreau

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Jackie. I love to get into that space that allows for the flow of thought while our senses also explore.

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Beautiful write. I love my alone time too. Reflecting is a favorite past time of mine; especially while enjoying nature. I really enjoyed this read. ^

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Leslie, come back anytime.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    just dropped in for a do-over..lol

    sharing again..xx

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Except for the fact that I didn't check my grammar before hitting the 'post' button? :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, I almost expected this comment from you. I will be sending additional rose colored glasses for your birthday because I am sure you wear them out quickly. lol I wouldn't change a thing about you.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, I relate to every paragraph of this post. However, I take the 'dreamer' beyond to 'idealist'. I am an idealist - always have been always will be. Idealists are scoffed at, but there are no ideals that weren't once realities. I strive to move back in time to where people held the human life as sacred. Where have skills to share (barter) was the way of moving forward. I live life through rose-colored glasses and I know my day will come once again! That will be the day when the rest of the world sees life as beautiful as I do through the color of roses.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Eddy, thank you so much!

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful read ICR and I vote up and share.

    Have a great day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

    Eddy.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jim, your compliment warms my heart and I do consider it an extreme compliment coming from you. Thank you so very much.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Linda, this is one of the most beautiful and amazing and hopeful hubs I have seen. You are a real asset on HP. I hope that your optimism is contagious and spreads around the world. Even more, I hope it starts with me.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you so much MizB. Some of my dreams are still the silly ones of a little girl. :-)

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    What a poetic hub! It is such a beautiful description of a dreamer. I think you out did yourself this time. You know, when you are poor, dreams may be all you have. We were all poor after WWII, so we girls spent many hours dreaming of being princesses and going to the ball. After we grew up, our dreams became more serious. Many of those little girls grew up to follow their dreams, something most of our mothers never had the chance to do. Such a pity! Voted you up and beautiful!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OH? HA!...looks to me like you've met the challenge and then some!...

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you so much Paula. I am a real novice but I love the challenge of writing better material.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda... You are so very welcome! I sincerely mean it! You can WRITE, girl......and how I love to read excellent writing! It's a pleasure.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Paula, you have no idea how much your comment means to me. It was the perfect way to end my rather long day today. Thank you so VERY much.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Eric, thank you. I consider the simplicity of your comment monumental!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda....BRAVO!! A standing ovation. I throw roses at your feet, lovely lady. This is AWESOME! You not only dream wonderful dreams....you ROCK!...UP+++

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    Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    So much to say about this hub - so I will just say it:

    Thank you

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Louise. Thank you for the visit today and for the lovely comment. I am happy when others find comfort in something I've written.

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    Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

    Beautifully written and very thoughtful: "The simple things bring such joy and serve to remind me that nothing bad lasts forever." - words that bring comfort! thank you :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi teacher! Thanks so much for the visit and comment which is another one of those simple joys, to be compliment by one's peers.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Leslie, I am so humbled by your compliment. I am so glad you liked this piece. It really does speak to who I am. Oddly, and for a dreamer, my feet are pretty solidly planted in reality and I can be very jaded at times. And then there are those moments, magical moments, when I know there is more to life than what we see and touch on the surface. It's a good place. Thank you so much for your support. We are twin souls I think. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, I am speechless over your beautiful sentiment. This piece fought to be written and when it was finished, I knew I had only been the vehicle. It was magical for me and I am so glad it touched you too.

    Hugs and love,

    Linda

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    The simple things bring such joy and serve to remind me that nothing bad lasts forever. It may be the solitary leaf that retains a tight grip on the tallest limb of the tree long after winter has arrived.

    This is so true! Often the most simple things in life bring peace to my soul: a ripple in water, a tiny flower bud, the song of a bird, etc., they serve to remind me that there is always hope. Beautiful post and voted up. Blessings.

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    Karen Silverman 4 years ago

    Linda...you can write, girl! You absolutely transfix the reader...drawing them in with your fanciful wanderings and thought provoking, so-well-organized words! If we don't dream - are we really living? Being able to sit with yourself - alone - and be comfortable with only your senses and your thoughts says SO much about a person's evolution - and it's all good!

    You live life, Linda - appreciating the little things along the way..'roaring' when and where a woman ought - and i adore your confidence and courage!

    sharing forward, my friend..

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Oh my dear Linda, this is a beautifully stunning write! While I was reading that first part, I thought it described my childhood and dreams to a tee, how lovely! I was and still am a dreamer too.

    Dreamers never give up on hope and love for others, as we just can not do such. We must never stop dreaming of a better tomorrow, while we reflect on beautiful memories of the past.

    Reading this on this day has blessed me so very much, so thank you dear Linda. Thank you very much!

    Voted up +++ + and sharing

    Hugs and love from a fellow dreamer . . . Faith Reaper

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Becky, you are so kind. Thank you. You, are just as much a dreamer as I am. May neither of us ever lose that.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good morning Louisa. Your comment - pure delight! Thank you so much. I hope you had your holy moment today. I have enjoyed mine. Blessings to you!

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Here is hoping you never lose that wonderful aspect of always being a dreamer and carrying such faith. You are an inspiration.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Carol! Thank you for your support and encouragement. You are right, there is always hope and I honestly believe we create our own reality. I understand that not everyone has the love of family and friends and that is heartbreaking. But I also believe it can be changed. Family doesn't have to be blood relatives. I have people in my life that are as close to me as my real family. We nurture the relationship and, we fight, just like families. It is possible to have. Thanks again for your beautiful comment Carol.

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    Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

    -As I read the opening of the little girl, I was so hoping she was you. Knowing you fictionalize at times, I knew she might not be. And then she was! My heart leapt. I loved your description of her and then the woman she has become, and your moments of skipping lightly in the early morning (also one of my holy times), waking up, seeing the animals, beginning to connect with others in your world. Just lovely! Gracias (as in filled with grace) Voted up, awesome, beautiful.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    As always I enjoy reading your hubs. Life is full of challenges, ups, downs and disappointments. However there is always hope and accepting friendships and family love...We don't all have that...But reading your words is always an uplifting and learning experience.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello lovedoctor926. Thanks for the nice compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Life is what we make it and it's all about attitude. Keep smiling.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MH! Thank you so much. I'm sorry that your days are more difficult and I wish you had more joy and peace. I too am glad to hear that some help is headed to the victims of Sandy. :-)

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    lovedoctor926 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this awesome hub.. I've always been a dreamer. Going to the beach and watching little kids build sandcastles puts a smile on my face and reminds me of those carefree days at the beach as a child. Life is filled with simple pleasures, which still brings joy into my life. I think we have some things in common. Have a nice weekend:)

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Very nice reflection. Thank you. Lucky for me I lived a rich and full life. Every day is a little harder. By the way, congratulation. Rumor has it that public outrage like your was behind congress forking out some money to Sandy victims.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Randy, you are so dear. Thank you so much for your "lovely" compliment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, first, thank you, from the depths of my heart. You know how humbled I am by your words, don't you? This was a strange experience. I started this piece four times today and had to walk away because it just would not write itself. Four times, I deleted it and started over. And then, on the fifth attempt, the magic was there and I know that once again, I was only the vehicle. I am completely mysified by this experience. But again - thank you.

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    Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    What a lovely, lovely hub! You say so much of what I am thinking, only much, much better! Thank you for these beautiful reflections and worthy ideas. Voted up+ and shared! Happy New year, Linda!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    As far as I'm concerned you are in the top ten of writers on this site. You just keep getting better, Kindred! This is, to borrow from Reba, exquisitely beautiful, and those aren't just words.

    Sending hugs across the country

    bill

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Dancing Water! Wow, you have made my heart swell with joy. I feel your heart in your words too and think that we are indeed two dreamers, dreaming a future together. I am thrilled to share the journey with you. Thank you so much for your generous comment. I am humbled.

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    Dancing Water 4 years ago

    What an exquisitely beautiful meditation on what it means to be a dreamer!!! I love what you have expressed and the poetic, heartfelt way in which you have expressed it! You have spoken directly to my heart, for I see life as you do: to be cherished in the moment, savored__and to be lived oh, so simply, because there is where the beauty and meaning lie. And your honoring of Nature is so powerful.

    Thank you so much for such inspired words that transcend the physical, and touch the spiritual. I cannot praise your writing enough!

    Blessings to you, dear fellow life journeyer,

    Reba