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A Thought for Today: Dream Big

When you dream...

 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about dreams. We’re reminded every day of the need to have a dream.  Go to Google, plug in “quotes about dreams”, and you’ll quickly come up with over 95 million results.

Yes, dreams — and our pursuit of them — are important. They’re part of who we are, part of what brings us the happiness and the sense of accomplishment we all need.

Maybe now in this age of “internet motivation” it’s no longer enough to have a dream. Perhaps what we should focus on are reminders of how powerful dreams can be, and most of all, how important it is that we dream big.

Don’t settle for little dreams. Let them serve as stepping stones to bigger dreams. Celebrate each small accomplishment, but don’t stop there. Keep moving. Keep following your heart. Always keep dreaming.

 

How big are YOUR dreams?


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“The Entirety of Information Known to Man”

What a marvelous age we live in! I truly am grateful that I live in this modern era where technology has brought the world literally to our fingertips. At the same time, I do have to laugh each time of think of this very true little fact that appeared in the IPhone “reddit” app and went viral:

“If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about today?”

“I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.”

Can you relate? I can. Although I’m not inclined to argue online, I definitely enjoy looking at pictures of cats. I love cats. I like sharing pictures of cats.

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So, be forewarned. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or if you’ve followed Christina Cole’s Love Notes — my official author page — you’re going to see pictures of cats.

For now, thought, let’s take a look at the first part of this viral response, the part that has to do with “the entirety of information known to man.” Maybe the internet doesn’t quite cover the entirety of information, but it does offer us a wealth of knowledge. Sure, there’s a wealth of useless knowledge and a lot of misinformation to go along, but that’s a small price to pay, I think, for the convenient access we have to history, science, books, movies, and a host of other helpful sites.

Today, it’s possible to learn a new language through internet sites. We can use Google Earth to travel to places we’ll never have a chance to visit. We keep in touch with family and friends by pressing a few keys on a computer, a tablet, or even a phone.

We use the internet not only for an exchange of ideas, but for goods and services, too. We buy, we sell, we trade, we give. With new “crowd-funding” applications, we can raise money for new ventures or contribute to worthy causes.

The internet’s greatest assest, perhaps, is its speed. In only a fraction of a second, I can find the score from last night’s ball game (Royals beat Angels 4-2), check the weather (45 degrees F. and cloudy), or download that new recipe I put on this week’s menu (Orange Salsa Chicken).

As a writer, I find the availablity of research material a welcome alternative to trips to our local library. I still use the library, but I use it more efficiently now than in the past. I can find books online, request them, and pick them up at the library. I can read on a wide range of topics before I visit the library, then focus my research on specific questions. I can also read reviews of new history books before I check them out. It helps me choose the ones that I’ll most likely find interesting and helpful.

Of course, we also play games through the internet. We watch movies, read books, listen to music, and…well, yes, there are other forms of “internet entertainment” that people do enjoy. I won’t go there. Use your imagination, all right?

And there are dating sites, too. For all sorts of folks looking for all sorts of relationships. I don’t go there either — I’m very happily married to the love of my life — but I know quite a few people who have found their own “special someone” through today’s technology.

How do you use the internet? What are your favorite online pastimes? Are you totally “hooked-up” and “turned-on” or do you still hold on to the vestiges of pre-internet days — landline phones, snail mail, photograph albums, CDs, newspapers, and magazines, to name a few?

Of course, we all know the best part of the internet will always be looking at cute cats. But what else do you do online? BTW, have you ordered your starter kit yet? No assembly required!

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Feeling Lucky?

Every time I visit Google — which happens to be quite often — I’m given a choice between conduction a traditional “Google Search” or hitting a second button. It usually says “I’m Feeling Lucky”. Click on it, and Google will transport you somewhere in cyberspace. I did it just now and found myself on a page celebration the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man.

I played Pac-Man, grabbed a booklet and learned the “pattern” for the first level, and quickly got bored with it. Ms. Pac-Man, however, was another story. I loved playing, but that’s got nothing to do with my topic of the day.

Let’s go back to feeling lucky. Maybe the best-known quote about feeling lucky comes from “Dirty Harry”, and if you’re not familiar with it, you can find it HERE. As I start my day here in MLWR (My Little Writing Room), I’d prefer not to think about .44 Magnum pistols and the damage they can do.

I decided this morning to do a little browsing around to see what I could learn about luck. Some people believe we can create our own good luck. The Mind Power News website offers instructions on How to Create Good Luck. The process is basically to believe you are lucky. Although that sounds simplistic, it can actually work.  The article explains that

…lucky people are lucky because they seize opportunities, they create positive self-fulfilling prophecies and have a resilient attitude that allows them to turn bad luck into good luck by focusing on what went right, and how things could have been much worse – a process that allows them to be thankful for what happened and to look at the positive side of the situation.

Really good advice when you think about it.

Of course, we can always boost our luck a bit by grabbing a lucky charm. One of the most popular is the Irish shamrock. It’s said to bring abundance, and if you search among the clovers and find one with four leaves, you’ll be blessed, indeed. Irish Shamrocks

As I browsed about, I was surprised at how many different “lucky charms” there are.  They include not only plants like shamrocks, clovers, and bamboo — a symbol of both good luck and friendship — but many different animals, insects, natural phenomena, numbers, shapes, and more.

A rabbit’s foot, of course, is supposed to bring good luck, and gamblers in Africa often carry alligator teeth in hopes of winning big. Various cultures also associate good luck, wealth, and prosperity with dolphins, turtles, pigs, elephants, bats, tigers, frogs, and birds. Lucky insects include ladybugs, crickets, and dragonflies.

According to Viking lore, oak trees were sacred to Thor, the mighty bringer of thunder and lightning. Acorns were used to protect homes from Thor’s anger.

Coins have a long history of luck attached, and many superstitions have grown up around them.

  • You will have good luck in your keep a jar of pennies in the kitchen.
  • A coin in a new jacket or handbag will guarantee good luck.
  • The first coin you receive each day should be placed in an empty pocket in order to attract more coins.
  • Carry a coin minted in your birth year and you’ll always have luck with you.

In our quest for good luck, we’ve devised many opportunities for making wishes. We blow out candles on birthday cakes, toss coins in fountains or “wishing” wells, and who hasn’t wished on the morning star?

My wish is that you’ll have a blessed day filled with love, joy, and happiness. I’m off to visit Kermit now…please join me!

The Rainbow Connection

 

Kermit