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Nourish Your Dreams


Foodies go crazy over a great meal! They are a unified community that stalk and share incredible multi-sensory events. The various smells, sights, textures, and of course, tastes makes each experience uniquely memorable. Foodies’ fanaticism resembles the most audacious dreams. A group of people can have similar sensory stimuli, but their individual experiences and aspirations are highly personal.

Great meals are necessary because people physically need the nourishment that it provides. But, the dining experience maximizes this necessity’s pleasure. Consider that foodies are totally absorbed with maximizing enjoyment of memorable meals. Likewise, great dreamers obsess over fulfillment of their dreams. People must eat to live; but real living involves completely indulging one’s deepest desires!!

Salad represents the meal’s beginning. It is probably the healthiest and most practical part of the meal. Conversely, dreams start with expectations that something unbelievable is about to happen. Invariably, the practicality of the whimsical idea gets in the way. Too many practical people stop at the salad. They count their calories; they want to avoid appearing greedy; they pace themselves. While these reasons are valid, they inhibit enjoyment. Dreamers don’t let others’ expectations interfere with their enjoyment. Eat the salad as part of the meal. But, don’t stop there. If you dream of creating great art, don’t stop at sketching because it is more practical. Paint, sculpt, perform! Dreams don’t have to be practical, they have to be yours. Eat the salad, then grab the next fork.

The steak is the main course. Most likely it requires the most preparation, involves the most options and will be the most filling. Identical to dreams, the steak symbolizes what is desirable and worth the wait. To nourish a dream, a person must commit to seizing it, then embrace its benefits and its problems. A great steak is delicious, yet may be bad for the blood pressure. Nevertheless, neither pursuing one dream, nor digesting one steak, will singularly result in shameful failure or a heart attack. As a matter of fact, pursuing the dream or devouring the steak may be the most exciting and fulfilling part of the experience! In both cases, choose carefully based on a balance of yearning, caution, and enjoyment. All things being equal, splurge on the enjoyment!

Dreams do come true. Maybe not immediately, and not each one, but they do. Also, dreams are sweet. And you deserve them, just like dessert! Logically, no one really needs dessert. But, looking at the desert tray and chuckling that “I gained five pounds just looking at that” honestly is not very funny anymore. The smile in your eyes after biting into a sensational dessert creates more joy, than all the logic you can muster for watching your waistline. Dessert is the standing ovation. And, you don’t get a standing ovation if you never walk on the big stage. Any voice discouraging you from eating dessert is probably not having any fun. Take a chance. Dream big. Enjoy dessert!

Fundamentally, a great meal is a joyous occasion. So, is doing something that you thought you could not do. The voice of caution is in place to reduce the odds of getting killed. It should not eliminate all joy. Eat the full meal: salad, steak, dessert! In the aggregate, it is balanced and fulfilling; just like most dreams. Perform on stage, write a story, travel to new destinations! Beyond your comfort zone life is fed, and subsequently grown. Also, eat dessert. Look harder at it. I am certain that something nourishing is somewhere in there.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter & Beyond


March 31, 2015 - Posted by | Better Person, Better World | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I must dream like I eat…now past plate…

    Comment by James Anthony Vaughan | April 5, 2015 | Reply

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