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I don’t know how many times I’ve told people not to give up on their dreams. It seems to be a running theme for me and one I believe in deeply. What I didn’t know was how deeply this belief is ingrained in me or how it seeps through my subconscious into almost everything I do.

On Monday night, my family needed an escape so we went to see Oblivion. While watching the previews, all I could think about was finding the right title to my new book. As the movie began, it popped into my head.  My mouth fell open. Really.  I turned to my husband and whispered it. His eyebrows went up and he smiled.

When the movie ended, he asked, “Why?” I told him and myself at the same time. Without realizing it, I wrote a deep theme into a book I’d thought was just for fun.

Here it is: Not everyone achieves their dreams, but that doesn’t matter. It’s the pursuit, not the attainment, that enable change. Individually, we grow from our pursuits, whether we attain them or not. However, and perhaps more importantly, our individual yearnings — and the steps we take to achieve our dreams — work together to achieve collective change.

I’m part of a word press family called the Rome Construction Crew. This group is all about supporting and inspiring each other to go after and achieve different dreams.   Some of us may not make it, but along the way we’ll develop friendships and greater understanding of ourselves. Collectively, our individual trials and tribulations, may inspire real change beyond what we thought possible.

Think about the Occupy Movement, or the sixties sit-ins. How about different art and literary movements? What happens in a family where all the members have different, personal goals? The struggles of each individual impact the whole and create movement.

I’m going to be thinking and writing about it more — especially as I get ready to launch this book — and I welcome your thoughts, comments, and ideas. How has your pursuit of a dream created growth and/or change in people or circumstances? Please let me know.

BTW, the title of the new book is Pipe Dreams. You can find out more about it here. I plan to release in June. Hope you’ll check it out and, if you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a link where you can download the first two parts for free.

Thanks for hanging with me as I pursue my dreams. Know I’m here as you pursue yours. 🙂