Wednesday, March 12, 2008


What happens to a dream deferred? Does it shrivel up and die without proper acknowledgement and notice or does it leave a little tear stained dent of remembrance on the dreamer?


Gypsy said...

I think anything that is left unnurtured and ignored, just shrivels and dies eventually, including dreams. They must be kept alive in our hearts and minds and never be allowed to turn to dust.

Rainbow dreams said...

I can't help thinking that if dreams aren't given the attention they deserve, and remain unfulfilled, or at the least are not striven towards at all, they turn into hard stones of regret and even bitterness... we owe it to ourselves and those around us to live our dreams as far as we can and to help others achieve their dreams...

Anonymous said...

They die, but they're not forgotten.

Awareness said...

Gypsy....I think some dreams have a shorter shelf life and naturally turn to dust. I have had many dreams which have come and gone....and for the most part, I'm fine with that, because before they turned to dust, they fed new ones.....there are others which I do regret not being able to fulfill and tried my best to do so. They have left marks for sure, which are also a part of me.
It reminds me of the passage....

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Katie......I agree.....we need to do our best, and then if it doesn't work out, we need to learn to move on and not stay in that place stuck because we couldn't achieve it.

Sleeping daisy......they are never forgotten are they? They remain a part of us even if they remain unfulfilled.

I sometimes wonder about this with the people I counsel. Their dreams SO OFTEN perish because of circumstances, poor health, shit luck, lack of money, lack of direction, even where they happen to live.......

We can help others work towards achieviing their goals...much more than we do. We can also help them move on too when the dream dies.

Marja said...

I don't know if they really shrivel but I think it makes you very uncomfortable if you don't give it attention. Good question