"The unedited musings of a recovering madman"

Dreams aren't linear...

Someone sent me a newsletter on a dreams groups:

Welcome to the next phase of the National Dream Roundup

The Message Board

It's been sometime since our last dream roundup newsletter. Boy, time flies when you are having fun! It is hard to believe that it's already October.

The Dream Team has started meeting every two weeks to help clarify each member's dream. Once a dream team member's dream has been clarified, the remaining participants of the team brainstorm ideas to help the dream reach reality. It is the responsibility of each member to take positive action steps toward their dream and report the progress at the next meeting. The main function of the meeting is to hold each one accountable toward the fulfillment of the dream.

Thanks, but I disagree with their philosophy, dreams (at least big ones) don't get accomplished like this...accomplishing dreams is not a linear process, where I hold you accountable...

Dreams by their very nature are BHAGs...and therefore must emerge...before they can emerge, we often have to be something we are not, that takes time and it doesn't come in a linear fashion, it may take years, as mine has to suddenly come to being (emerge) as viable, after one has put in a significant amount of time and effort into sometimes, very failed circumstances, yet those are crucial to create the leverage for the dream to emerge.

All this stuff about accountability is not for me...I don't want to live my life like that...

In my view, this is the worst possible thing to do because even though brainstorming ideas are wonderful...you can often make decisions you are not ready for...and instead of the dream emerging, all that emerges is another form of suffering...all the while, the cheerleaders are shouting go-go-go

I've seen many lives, including my own affected by these very narrow approaches and prefer to remain free of anything like this, but thanks for sending it along, it is nice to know others are up to stuff.

I hope you don't see this as bah humbug, but dreams and accountability stuff don't mix in my view. That doesn't mean I don't believe in accountability, just not around moving in a linear direction of dreams...if in fact they are really dreams and not just wishes...

Mike, October 2003

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