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Bad Dreams = Good Reminders

So I know it has been awhile, but I took a lengthy vacation and overall ‘check-out’ of life for a few months to wind down, relax, and see family. With saying that and being back to a routine of sorts, I woke early this morning from a bad dream…

Most of us have them. Those so-vivid-words-can’t-describe, waking-you-from-your–sleep kind of dreams. I wouldn’t say that I get them often, but I definitely get them more than some people and this one last night was so vivid in my head that I wouldn’t be able to describe it even if I could.

However, when I think of all the dreams I have, which occurs almost every night with multiple dreams, my first thought when I was younger was that I wish I never had them. Now, as an adult, I think I see my dreams more of a blessing than a curse, even the terrifying ones. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t enjoy waking in a sweat or not being able to go back to sleep. I do, however, enjoy the extra time I take to hug the nearest person I love (usually my husband) and to tell them that I love them one more time.

You see, these dreams remind me that taking time out of our busy lives, even just a few seconds, to let those we care for know can change everything. We never do know what will happen each day, and even though it may seem like a normal, boring day, it might not be. You never know. So instead of rushing out the door or ignoring your text messages, take some time and do more things like giving hugs or saying ‘I love you’ more.

My philosophy in life has always been to never have regrets, which means that since I do not know the future, trying new things will always happen. It also means that I must have discernment, because trying ALL things (like Yes Man, if you’ve seen it) may not necessarily be a good thing either and could lead to regretting things later as well. It’s a fine line that you walk in the middle, but I find that it’s worth it. It helps me to love more deeply.

Bad dreams can turn into something nice, if you think about, and living so far away from family as I do, it gives me that extra bit of motivation to write another handwritten letter or get on Skype more often or send a message through Facebook or even call a mobile number through the internet. Doing these things, letting the ones we love know how much we love them is what makes our lives better and filled with less regret in the end.



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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Stream of Consciousness


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I know I have been absent for quite awhile. I was on a much needed vacation from the world. During this vacation I saw family, old friends, ate too much food and not enough, hugged puppies, travelled through ten states, held three babies at once, played Risk until I fell asleep, got sand in places I didn’t know existed, climbed monuments, saw dinosaurs, drove over the Brooklyn Bridge, drank too many cups of coffee at hours I shouldn’t have been awake, visited memories, learned (more) Spanish, watched guitars being built, got an idea of how much of the Earth is filled with water, and made many, many discoveries.

I am a traveler by nature – my mom even calls me a gypsy – but I don’t know if that comes from curiosity, something you learn to want, or just the rawness of being born with it. Either way, I am a traveler to my bones. I enjoy ‘roughing it’ or jumping from hotel room to hotel room. I enjoy long car rides leading nowhere and stopping to take pictures. I enjoy the magnificence of man-made cities, but I enjoy the silent beauty of a God-created city more. All of these things are me and always have been.

I won’t dwell on all of the things that I love about traveling. I am sure many people feel the same way. However, I am going to give one piece of advice. The best way, and I do mean the best way, to see the United States, is by car. A road trip.

Some people may cringe at the idea of a road trip, some may rejoice, but the simple fact is that a country that large, with so many places to see, is best done by driving to each destination. Why? Because you will discover things that no one else has.

Every road trip is different. You could drive the same road dozens of times and still find something new, because each time you will stop at different places. Of course you will have your markers of where you are going, but that is just of what is known. My favorite part of a road trip is finding out what is unknown.

Once you go on a road trip, you won’t ever want to travel differently again. You will find things that your friends have never seen, feel freedom like a dog off a leash, eat food with names you cannot pronounce…

Road trips are a wondrous thing. See for yourself.

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Holidays


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Last night was a big event for Unite Thornbury! We had such a multi-cultural group with lots of smiles and love in their hearts. I feel so blessed to have found a group of people who I may call my family without having any blood relation. I think that is true love, because with your family, it is often expected to love each other ‘just because’ you are related. You must, in a sense. Sometimes if you don’t love someone in your family, people think you are strange or that something is wrong…

However, loving a person for WHO they are, not how you know them, is even more powerful, I believe. You have no reasons, no relations, no blood to love them and, yet, you do. How amazing is that love?! Think of a best friend or your spouse… it feels so much more free to be who you are. No judging, no prejudice, no expectations, because they know YOU.

It frustrates me when I am judged based on my friends, my family, my culture, my language, my country, etc, etc… It is unbelievably frustrating, because I just want people to see me! Why is that so hard in today’s world? Everyone gets so comfortable being with their ‘own kind’, but I never understood what that meant, because we are all human beings on the same earth! Why must we judge? Why must we envy? Love, people! Love is so powerful: more powerful than all other feelings, and we still disregard it as weakness. Why? Is it weak to cry when holding a newborn baby? Is it weak to hug a brother with another skin color? Is it weak to laugh and joke in all different languages? Is it really weak? Love…

I often dream about a world that is so filled with love, that is alters the entire planet. What would it be like? To love one another, to love all creatures, to love cities and nature… Just love…


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