Embrace your dreams to live more fulfilling lives, remember Wish Book


Remember the Dream Book? Sometimes, it was the Wish Book.

Just before the school year started, the Fall and Winter Sears & Roebuck catalog arrived. My brother and I would wear out the pages making a list of what we wanted for Christmas. We slipped past pages of ladies’ underwear to get to the toy section.

There were the Christmas songs on the radio. Bing Crosby sang “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while we shoveled snow in Wisconsin. The magic of the birth of Jesus, the fantasy of Santa Claus and messages of goodwill from all kinds of people added to the festive season.

We did not get all dreamed-about gifts. Family budget constraints, the rationing of the war years and other challenges in life forced dreams into the recesses of our minds. Reality set in. I dreamed of skiing, but my parents helped with decision making.

“There are no ski hills nearby; get something practical that you can use all year round.”

During childhood, there were the good and bad dreams. We were comforted by parents with a cup of warm milk. In our teens and young adult lives, dreams turned into nightmares (bad dreams).

The dream girl or dream boy might have stimulated our imagination or other parts of our being. Dreams turned into reality as we said: “I Do!” Those who have long marriages to the dream partner are known to have long lives. Yes, it is all right to live in a dream world. Now, daydreams are accompanying afternoon naps.

Teachers, pastors and mentors challenged us.

“Let your imagination wander. Poke around in the attic of your mind, where you have stashed away your dreams.”

At work, managers asked, “What’s new? What do you dare to do? Go ahead! Dare to make dreams happen!”

Parents and grandparents have dreams for their children. They often live vicariously through their children, trying to fill their unfulfilled dreams. They cheer at sporting events, contests and events. Some get involved in influencing admissions to prestigious schools. Others provide financial support with prepaid college plans. Some focus on college, occupation, career and partner choices. Remember, it is their dream.

As life goes on, dreams are fulfilled and shattered. There is love and grief. New love brings new dreams and challenges. May you always have Sweet Dreams!


Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at topicsed@aol.com