True stories with a twist!


It probably was the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington, D.C. Hearing his name causes most people to remember his famous speech, “I have a Dream.”  

imagesIf that’s not the reason for people suddenly telling me their dreams and hopes for the future it must have been sheer coincidence. It was so strange; it all happened in the space of a single week. Everywhere I went, everyone I spoke to, the conversation centered around their dreams. In fact, it seems to encourage people to express their dreams and discuss their ideas.

There I was, minding my own business, ordering new checks at our bank in Morristown. I’m trying to put the film in my mind on “reverse” as I ask myself, “How did this subject get started?

A young bank officer, sitting across from me at his desk in his small cubicle suddenly came up with: “I’ve been thinking about professions to consider for myself. I have a good idea about starting a new business. It’s on the same order of the Zagat Guides, but instead of restaurant reviews I would write about night life for people my age. There are lots of social places we can get together to talk, dance, have a few drinks and meet new friends. What do you think of that?”

In situations like these, where I haven’t had time to study the facts I came up with my usual safe  answer, “That’s an interesting idea.”  images-1

He must have thought that my answer didn’t sound too enthusiastic, because he was prepared to float another idea by me: “How about a laundromat?”

He might have kept on tossing ideas my way if I didn’t excuse myself to get to “another appointment.”

So, on to my hairdresser’s appointment, where out of the blue, Joanne said, “I don’t want to stand in back of a chair for the rest of my life.” I’ve got too many ideas: creative ideas.” Then she described her dream: “I want to own my own party planning service. I can hire out the work to people like hairdressers, makeup experts and fashion consultants. Imagine planning a wedding and having one stop for all your needs.”People have dreams; people have ideas. I encourage people to keep an open mind; keep them coming.

As the comedian Stephen Wright says, “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”

Comments on: "I HAVE A DREAM" (11)

  1. I just read your comment on A.R. Blog page – I can feel with you and your husband. My own one has to undergo tests for an operation on saturday also – we wifes will show a brave face or not!? – good luck to your husband and to you.

  2. LOL… You obviously have that ‘Listening Ear’ Ronnie, and I loved that last line from the comedian.. 🙂

  3. My friend always says, “A dream is a tow rope. Hope on to it tightly.”

  4. Well put. I hope your hairdresser follows her dream.

  5. or as a friend once told me, “If at first you don’t succeed – skydiving isn’t for you.”

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