At the library yesterday, I happened upon this book just laying flat on one of the shelves:
Extraordinary Women: Fantasies Revealed: 58 Women of Accomplishment Portray Hidden Dreams and Real Hopes
58 prominent, accomplished women were asked what they dreamed about becoming when they were children. Surfers, ballerinas, opera singers, Olympians, doctors . . . Each women was featured in a two page layout. Their answers appeared on the left and a photograph portraying them in that role appeared on the right.
What they dreamed about becoming when they were children.
Some of the answers fit the question. But the two that struck me the most didn’t. Instead, they answered the question:
What is your dream? Subtle difference.
The dream of CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien, photographed snuggled in bed with her four children – including twin boys – all under the age of five?
Eight hours of sleep.
Then, you turn the page and you see . . .
Her dream? Worldwide democracy.
I busted out laughing. Eight hours of sleep vs. worldwide democracy. Did the editors put those two back to back on purpose?
But really. It IS a matter of perspective. Tell me that Madeleine Albright wouldn’t dream of eight hours sleep if she had four kids under five years of age.
5 thoughts on “a matter of perspective.”
Good grief! We might have world peace if everyone got 8 hours of sleep a night. Nevermind if you have the kids.
Isn’t that the truth? Sometimes we have to look past the day to day struggles to dare to dream, other times anything beyond the here-and-now is too much too think of…
It truly is a matter of perspective. When people talk with me about my husbands liver transplant and say that they could never get through it like we did, I look at their lives and think that I could say the same about something they have gone through.
What an interesting book 🙂 Thanks!
Just goes to show our dreams are as varied as the women who dream them!