secret life of daydreams

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Huston begins with these two paragraphs,

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.

I used to go to a gentle yoga class on the east coast where we did a guided relaxation at the end. The teacher instructed us to imagine our deepest desires. Then she told us to say it to ourselves as if it were already true. The dream being the truth. I tend to think that great artists, businessmen, ordinary people get what they want because they already see themselves as what they want to become. Then act and do things accordingly. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be mocked to death by time, forever waiting for my ship to come in. Although Hurston separated men and women by this I believe it’s true for all of us. We can all choose to see the dream as the truth and move ever closer to our deepest desires.

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One Response to secret life of daydreams

  1. Jessica says:

    I am a chronic daydreamer, and sometimes I think I’m so satisfied by just knowing they can come true, I forget I actually have to do something about it!

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