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What Do Your Dreams Cost?

Today I had a conversation with Greg while taking one of our 2 mile walks.  It started when he said, “This seems like another great night for a fire!”  And I agreed.  It has been really chilly lately – was VERY cold in the house last night.  And I said, “you know what would really be nice?  If we could have a fan or blower so that all the heat from the fire wouldn’t go up the chimney”.

This statement of mine – which was part a “dream” and just “thinking out loud” – became a HUGE topic of discussion while walking along.  I had ignited a part of my very practical husband that was ready to both contradict me on what was needed – and recite to me the cost of having such a device, when “our fireplace works just fine!”.

It was both amusing to me – and then slightly annoying – as I was once again reminded of how different men and women are.  And not only that, but how the different personalities are within men and women.

I have taken the personality tests.  I am an “Otter” and a “Lion”  – which basically means I’m very social – but am organized and can take charge of a situation, clearly stating what needs to be done – all the while enjoying life, a good joke and people in general.  Otters are highly social – and usually can read a room really well.  You want a good positive and happy time – invite a few Otters.  Lions are great “idea” people – creative and innovative – great and enthusiastic motivators.  Want something done?  Ask a Lion.

My husband is also an “Otter” – but he has just enough “Golden Retriever” in him that makes him much more cautious about new ideas and situations in general – all the while loving engaging with people and enjoying life and a good joke.  His work ethic is off the charts (in my opinion) and our daughter, Ashlee takes after him in this way.  Golden Retrievers are peacemakers more than anything else.  Usually very laid back and happy.  It takes a lot to rattle their world.  They are loyal and agreeable.  But they are extremely cautious and careful – about everything.  He has a little “Beaver” in him too.  Beavers are great “workers” and do a precise job.  Want something done right?  Ask a Beaver.

Because Greg is careful and cautious – he calculates before he dreams and  often does not allow himself to dream with a reckless freedom, as I can.  He sees dollar signs and hard work.  I tell him, “it cost nothing to dream – a dream is just a dream”  The Beaver in him does every job in an impecable way – not satisfied unless it is perfect – and this takes time and patience and he is both.

Now I don’t know if I will ever get a fan or blower for the fireplace – it sure is nice to dream about it though, a fire that actually makes the room warm instead of going up the chimney.  And it’s amazing how many creative ways I can make “dreams” happen – either by looking online, asking others – or researching articles and seeing what others have done.  I’ve been lucky to find items for our home that have cost hardly anything – sometimes nothing at all!  And Greg has the skill and patience to bring it about when I find a deal.  We are a good team.

To me – it costs NOTHING to dream it.  But it is amazing what happens when we dare to dream – things are possible.

What are you dreaming?  Do you stop short because you are thinking about what it will cost you?  If it didn’t cost anything – what would you dream?

God Bless

Photo of a stone fireplace.

Image via Wikipedia

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Comments on: "What Do Your Dreams Cost?" (6)

  1. I guess I’m practical too. I was thinking of objections and costs just while reading this!

  2. Cindy, lovely piece of writing. Excellent breakdown of the male and female tendencies in life too – I think women are often more active dreamers than men. I’m not sure if that has to do with nurture and conditioning or if it’s just a ‘guy thing.’ Great piece! Blessings~

  3. At this point in my life, I’ve lost interest in most of the dreams of my youth. It’s too late for most of them. The only thing I dare to dream anymore is for peace. I still dream it because it’s the one thing, out of all the things I used to think I wanted, that means anything to me anymore. However, out of all the things I’ve ever dared to dream, I know this one will never happen. Not for me. Maybe for others, but definitely not for me. I’ve lived the last 25 years mostly in a state of increasing chaos, techie nightmares, health problems and financial crisis. While things are forever changing, it always remains the same. Only the faces change. It’s difficult for me because I’m a glass half full gal, but I have to accept that as long as I strive to fulfill my calling of teaching the Christian community to stand up and speak out for the things of God, I’m a target for spiritual attack. The more I try to fight it, the more chaos comes into my life. I would love to lay it down, but I can’t ignore where God is leading me.

    • Peace is good – Joy is even better – and I wish you BOTH!! As you go about your tasks and follow God’s leading I know He will refresh you and give you that JOY and strength too 🙂

  4. Now you see, if you were ALL otter like me, you would have avoided all that annoyance when you got distracted by the pretty leaves on the ground. Then you would have played in them. See? Everyone’s happy. 😉

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