Dreams Cost

Dreams Cost

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” 
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Dreams usually have some form of price tag associated with them.  No matter how creative or frugal we are, it costs to travel, to go to university, to set up a small business, or raise a family.   These desires are worthy of the monetary outlay.

If the dream is merely to increase personal wealth, the price exacted to achieve this goal may be too high.

“The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.”

Khalil Gibran

 

18 Comments

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    That’s a very interesting Ayn Rand quote. She’s so often portrayed as someone greedy. I’ve read a couple of her famous novels and while I don’t agree with everything, I do understand her point of view and respect it.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Ayn Rand was extremely controversial. She always had a very high opinion of herself. I’m with you – while I don’t agree with everything she said, we cannot deny her brilliance and courage.

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      1. LaVagabonde says:

        A very high opinion of herself. That’s a nice way to put it. 😉 That’s the part of her message that rubbed me the wrong way – the glorification of the ego.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        You always make me smile!!! I agree – the glorification of ego is unpleasant and unproductive.

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  2. mixedupmeme says:

    Dreams can cost friendships, family connections, time and I guess a lot of other non-monetary things. I think of those who climb mountains or go on sailing trips around the world. They put their lives or health in jeopardy and even the well being of their family. We can’t dream for others and neither can they have our dreams. We are on our own when we dream. lol

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I’m a risk averse type so cannot fully appreciate those who seek to climb a mountain or sail around the world. But I’m glad that we have them, for we would not be where we are today without these brave souls (and their families)!

      “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.”
      Erma Bombeck

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      1. mixedupmeme says:

        You are definitely right there. Without pioneers and risk takers we would still be rubbing two sticks together.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        You make me laugh out loud!!!

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  3. What is of more value to a dreamer than money is someone who can inspire and encourage the achievement of the dream. Similarly, those of us who might find ourselves in coaching positions must make sure we do not inadvertently crush someone’s dream. What a responsibility to look out for!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly!! I have seen dreams wither under a critic’s mocking gaze or word. And I have seen when dreams are encouraged. It brings clarity of vision so needed in our perilously divided world.

      “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
      Langston Hughes”

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  4. friendlytm says:

    Thank you, Rebecca. I like to dream. It is so good if we can live in a dream! Unfortunately, i seldom have dreams that i remember when i wake up. Dream big and be bigger than ourselves…that’s what I heard all the time. What about to dream a dream? I am being incohesive today! Happy St Patrick’s day!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Actually, you have come up with an excellent thought – the connection between dreams and reality. Reminds me of the quote by Anais Nin:

      “Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

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      1. friendlytm says:

        Good quote. Thanks. I learned something new today!

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      2. Clanmother says:

        To me, learning is the way to feel alive. Thank you for your encouraging words. You always make my day pure sunshine.

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  5. Oh My..my dreams are really expensive !! Although some of my more recent ideas cost nothing but gas and a good working car.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      You have me singing:

      “On the road again –
      Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
      The life I love is making music with my friends.”

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  6. Ms Frances says:

    Dreams are great as long as ego doesn’t get in the way.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      And that is a very fine line, isn’t it!! Thanks for adding your wisdom to the discussion.

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