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When A Dream Dies

When A Dream Dies

Carol Jung dreams

There comes a time in each woman’s life when we look at our best efforts and see only the failure. We started with a dream or a mission or a purpose.  We put ourselves behind it, believing without a doubt that we were on the right path. The path was to take us on a marvelous journey to an ideal place. We devoted days or weeks, months or years to our vision, only to wake up one morning and realize our dream has failed or vanished.

What then? What do we do when we find ourselves curled up in a ball in the corner wanting to hide, the pain too great to even acknowledge? We ask ourselves over and over, what went wrong? What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently? And why, oh why, did it turn out this way? We want to curse the world, or the person who demolished our dreams…perhaps it is ourselves we wish to demolish…blaming ourselves for the failure, for our inability to see the future when we made our commitments. We all know that seeing the future is a gift given only to a few, if any. And yet, we expect it of ourselves.

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions as we try to break through the confusion and the pain. Blaming others is futile even if it is a survival instinct. Blaming ourselves is equally as disastrous. The real question is what can I learn from this? What can I take forward with me into the rest of my life? What does this experience tell me about who and what I am — the good and the bad? These are the questions of growth and survival.

Life is a learning experience and sometimes we have to learn the same thing over and over until it takes. As painful as that may be, we eventually do learn, and then we have a gift to pass along to others. It is a gift that every woman has to give as she ages. Previous generations looked upon it with reverence and respect — it is the gift of wisdom. It is the most we can hope to gain from our life’s difficulties, but it is a gift that keeps on giving.   

© Dorothy Sander 2010 Excerpt from Caring for Mom

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Quotable Musicians

Quotable Musicians

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“A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.

That’s why they don’t get what they want.” – \



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Janis Joplin

“Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.

You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely.

All you really have that really matters are feelings.

That’s what music is to me.”

Janis Joplin



It seems to me that those songs that have been any good,joan-baez-ing (1)

I have nothing much to do with the writing of them.

The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

Joan Baez


You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when.

You can only decide how you’re going to live now.

Joan Baez



My New Favorite Blogs

My New Favorite Blogs

This painting is by my new favorite artist Z. L. Feng Click on picture for more.
This painting is by my new favorite artist Z. L. Feng Click on picture for more.

“ When it’s time to suffer, you should suffer; when it’s time to cry, you should cry. Cry completely. Cry until there are no more tears and then recognize in your exhaustion that you’re alive. The sun still rises and sets.  The seasons come and go. Absolutely nothing remains the same and that includes suffering. When the suffering ends wisdom begins to raise the right questions.”

Seido Ray RonciThe Examined Life

 I found this quote on my new favorite blog: One Rich Life by JZR, a sixty-something woman whose writing resonates with me. She’s a published author, poet and artist who offers a deep and rich look into her life and life in general.

AskJillDavis recently launched her blog. Jill is a dear friend and a one-of-a-kind Life Coach. Her specialty is “personalities”  and if you are looking for some help with relationships, boss, children, co-workers, etc., she’s the go-to person in my book. She offers great tools and training and is a very inspiring speaker.

Speaking from the Heart, Laurie Buchanan’s blog, always gives me something to think about!

Laurie Buchanan is a Holistic Health Practitioner—Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)—and a Transformational Life Coach. Her areas of interest include energy medicine, inner alchemy, spiritual awareness, writing, and laughter. Definitely laughter!
More Quotes to Live By

More Quotes to Live By

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”  
~ M. Scott Peck

More Quotes to Live By

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate… Marianne Williamson Quote

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate… Marianne Williamson Quote

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~ Marianne Williamson

There is a reason why Marianne Williamson’s quote is enormously popular. Her words speak to us, although not in an intellectual way. In fact, her words bypass our reason entirely and go straight to our hearts. She speaks of a truth we can only sense through our intuition. It is a truth that lies beyond reason.

We each have a reservoir of power, energy and untapped creativity bubbling within us. Our ability or inability to embrace our God-given talents defines our life. Williamson’s words shine a light on what we try to hide in our fear places.  She dares us to let go of our fears embrace all that we are.  We were born with these gifts, but they do not belong to us.  They belong to the world.

Marianne Williamson’s Quote:

Excerpt from: A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

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On the spiritual journey:

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”
― Marianne Williamson

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”
― Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation: Mastering the Metaphysics of Abundance

On women:

“Women are still in emotional bondage as long as we need to worry that we might have to make a choice between being heard and being loved.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth

“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.” 
― Marianne Williamson
On Consciousness:

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. ”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

“And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.” ~ Marianne Williamson


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