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You wake up today and you have reached the life of your dreams. What is it like ??

Describe your environment, and what is in your life.

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    Sep 25 2011: ...

    i am not certain where i am when i awake today... only that the sun is rising, the soil is different from two days ago and warm enough to receive bare feet... i lift the mosquito net i am sleeping under to receive the five smiling faces that stand before me at about four feet tall ... they are the same children i remember singing and playing games with before the sun set. i pour a tea from the teapot, that rests in the coals, and walk through the village towards the school. we begin with lesson plans about heart-mapping i worked out the last few days, i am nowhere near my corporate world in New York, i am in the life of my dreams somewhere else.
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    Sep 23 2011: In the life of my dreams, I wake up fully present and remain fully present in all that I do. I focus my attention and energy upon the people I love most -- my wife and two children -- and I enjoy each day as a blank canvas waiting to be painted, and not painted entirely by me but rather trhough me and the world around me.

    In the life of my dreams I balance time spent with family, time spent with community, and time spent alone.

    In the life of my dreams I exercise daily, eat healthy foods (many grown at home) and inspire my family and others to join me on that path.

    In the life of my dreams I ensure that I create something new every day, even if it's as brief as a one-line entry or small doodle in my journal. I include "intake" (e.g., reading, watching a TED video, attending a class or lecture, etc.) as well as "output" (writing, drawing, building, etc.).

    In the life of my dreams I contribute something positive to the world outside me, participating as either a business leader, teacher, volunteer, student, writer, speaker, or some combination of those aspects of my passions.

    In the life of my dreams I've achieved financial independence to the point at which I can take care of my family, including extended family, and can invest and participate in ventures in which I believe have the potential to make a positive difference in people's lives.

    In the life of my dreams everyone I love knows darn well that they are loved by me beyond description.
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      Sep 23 2011: Exquisite Anthony:>)
      And I suspect you are living the life of your dreams in each and every moment:>)
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        Sep 23 2011: How very kind of you, Colleen, thank you! Your comment inspired this thought: "You know what? Colleen's right, I am living the life of my dreams already...my challenge is I am not always aware that I am!"

        You've helped me more than you know.
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          Sep 23 2011: WOW...Now THAT'S the kind of results I like to see!!! LOL:>)

          And YOU have just reminded us of another part of living the life of our dreams. Many times, we have everything and everyone we want in our lives, and we forget to notice...we forget to be aware and acknowledge all the gifts we have around us in each and every moment:>)

          You may have helped everybody more than you know my friend:>)
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    Sep 22 2011: OK, this is an interesting one....... although it sounds rather twee, I genuinely find 'a little piece of heaven' in every day.
    And, like Matthieu Miossec, aspirations and dreams can bo organic and shifting.
    That said, there are probably some key factors that would consistently feature in my dream life. They are as follows.
    * A 'creative nest' (office shed) in my garden with patio doors that easily, and almost seamlessly, connect me with the outdoors
    * The ten books, currently in my head/on my computer to varying degrees, are published and doing well
    * The workshops and journals relating to the books are also doing well and I am working with a wide range of people
    * In my dream life I will have hugged a whale ~ preferably a humpback
    * Relationships with my family and friends are easy,warm and full of acceptance and love
    * I am still power walking most mornings, running my dogs every day, doing some yoga every evening, having latte and scones with friends, and being like a child (delighting in the little things)
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      Sep 22 2011: Hi Hil,

      The " whale hug " feeling !! That is majestic :-)
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        Sep 23 2011: Yeah, my desire to hug a whale was re-ignited by watching the "Ocean Giants" series, narrated by Stephen Fry. I found the whole series fascinating and surprisingly emotional.
  • Oct 5 2011: My dream is simple, but not humble - to live in a post scarcity environment.

    It is a place in which all things are possible, and there is no want, only unabashed curiosity.

    Put in a manner of less mysterious and flowery rhetoric - it is a world in which Virtual Reality, nano technology, green/sustainable energy and advanced AI have flourished and mature.

    In it, we transist freely between our own world, and many virtual worlds and environments, ranging from directed experiences akin to the the books and movies that we consume today, to environments similar to the games we play, to thriving virtual cities that provide us with abilities and skills that are impossible in a physical reality (e.g. teleportation).

    When we transist to the natural world - we will find it largely un-degraded from the world of today - perhaps even improved and repaired - as our desire to consume natural resources for transient experiences and transient goods will have been largely supplanted by the ability to do these things virtually.

    In such a world, the only duty one has is to enrich their mind - to experience life undiminished.
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      Oct 5 2011: The era of post-scarcity !!
      I like how that echoed in the walls of my head...until the walls fell down.
      " The only DUTY one has is to enrich their mind - to experience life undiminished " ????
      Teleportation!!...yes. Finally.
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      Oct 5 2011: I LOVE IT, and I'm here to tell you that ANYTHING is possible:>)
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    Oct 4 2011: Greed is a bandaid word for a complex series of reactions based upon an indwelling sense of insecutiry and vulnerability. We really have a cartoon view of the human psyche.

    It's a shame to see Freud become the victim of a cultural imperialism or political correctness on the part of critics who attack his research into the sub conscious mind as tainted by Victorian era sexist attitudes. His work on mapping the structures, appetites and influences of sub conscious processes is seminal and clarifying of the human condition. His "The Psychopathology of Everyday Life" should be made required reading.

    If there were some way to make introspection (which is a means to understand inner conflict rather than a meditative approach which tends to avoid or suppress thought) into a TV game show or otherwise popularized and woven into the cultural fabric, we might get a handle on such problems as greed and violence.

    Keep in mind that mental phenomena occur 20,000 times faster than the speed of speech, the speed of our thoughts. A lot is going on inside your head that you are not aware of and it can shape your thoughts and actions because the sub conscious has access to all memories all the time, even memories you can't bring to consciousness such as pain filled memories.

    We are interesting beings- trapped in the past but looking towards an ideal future. Greed is a poor solution towards escaping that trap. There are many poor solutions to these "archaeological" conflicts, solutions that appear to be automatic rather than considered.
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      Oct 5 2011: Thoughts of the possibility of imminent extinction, death ,shadowing our otherwise serene thought processes. Deep down in our psyche we may book this threat as unfair. So we go and get as much as we can as fast as we can. We elbow our way through life not caring that we may be using up resources that isn't our fair share.
      Feeling justified even.....why should I give up my excessive lifestyle? Isn't this exactly what all those "havenots " are revolting about? Can greed be explained in these terms? Not even a serious threat of alien invasion would force us to change our minds.
      But tomorrow, we will open our eyes and start our day with one cup of coffee instead of two. Still have cars but feel good about having improved on air quality. Hop on our bicycles....our strong legs will take us to work the scenic way. We mostly prefer our power assisted bike to our clean, efficient public transit system. All the sidewalks are clean....nobody litters any more. We learned to take pride living in a clean environment. So nice, not to be afraid of getting mugged....we have been teaching our children to be polite and respectful. People smile so easily these days.
      We managed to lengthen our lives a bit but we are mortals yet. We're not afraid of dying any more. We are living to our full potential.....we are happy to be fully human. We don't need any nuclear arms any more. And we are not waiting for supernatural powers to save us. We saved ourselves.
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        Oct 5 2011: " we open our eyes and start our day with one cup of coffee instead of two. Still have cars but feel good about having improved on air quality. Hop on our bicycles....our strong legs will take us to work the scenic way. We mostly prefer our power assisted bike to our clean, efficient public transit system. All the sidewalks are clean....nobody litters any more. We learned to take pride living in a clean environment. So nice, not to be afraid of getting mugged....we have been teaching our children to be polite and respectful. People smile so easily these days.
        .....We are living to our full potential.....we are happy to be fully human. We don't need any nuclear arms any more. And we are not waiting for supernatural powers to save us. We saved ourselves."

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        László

        I behold this dream as I ride my bike
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      Oct 6 2011: Walter, we need a cure for greed. And we need to tie that into economics so it is far more profitable for the masses to pursue it than its currently prevalent and self defeating antagonists.
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    Oct 3 2011: Hello, Everyone, allow me to check in.....
    Ducks are bobbing for who knows what amidst the floating algae. Airs of the song "Save the last dance for me" fill my ears. Wonder what the Victorians would think about our taste in music..... I prefer listening now to the breeze and wooing-cooing pigeons, children's shrieks and laughter. This bench, this wooden seat under me becomes a vehicle and I am traversing on curiosity's wings. Knowing and not seeing ,seeing and not knowing is my destiny thus far. Will mankind ever know the Truth?
    .....how everything was made, how everything works and all this.....for what purpose? My parlance is part of the guessing game. Here we go again, the beat is on....Back to my beloved planet. I love it here. I want it to last forever. Being here now.....is everlasting life.
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      Oct 3 2011: Dear László,

      I cherish the poetry of your view and writing. I love how reading the words on this flat computer screen completely transported me into tranquility, immersed and surrounded by your scenery, even including my favorite song !!
      I share this dream and wish. And how honored I am to feel this shared love for our planet with you and everyone here.

      In gratitude.

      - Juliette
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    Oct 2 2011: Back then, I’m studying the classics as a member of the Great Books Reading and Discussion program at a local library. Frequently, I relate a delightful light to my wife of over 25 years, and she never really pays attention: years of Catholic homilies have made her comfortable with the unknowns (χάρη στο θεό).
    After a while I notice. I say, “Cynthia, you love flowers and shrubs and planting beds, and I hate maintaining them. But I do, because I love you and love that you know the name of each plant and its history in our yard. Unfortunately, you married a guy who likes to read and write. You’d better act in appreciation for my maintenance work, or let me tell you: I will find a woman to talk to.”
    She put her paper down and said, “I understand and appreciate your bluntness. Please start at the beginning.” Since then, she has been my best philosophical friend and critic. But that’s not quite heaven, yet.
    One day, I’m relating a dialogue with someone who concluded that I was an atheist and from that moment paid no attention to my statement that I am a man of faith. I guess I want Cynthia to mend my wounds. Our daughter, Holly, who is un-churched yet one of the best people many people know, is in the kitchen, not following the conversation. Frustrated with the dialogue, Cynthia blurts out, “Holly, do you believe in God?” Then gets red faced with the spontaneous imposition.
    Holly looks perturbed. I break the silence by asking Cynthia, “May I ask an alternative question?”
    Cynthia says, “Gladly.”
    I ask, “Holly, are you humble?”
    Holly looks thoughtful, then answers, “I THINK I’m humble.”
    Cynthia let out a good Louisiana aaaaiiiiiieeeee. We give each other a high five. Then we stand and hug Holly.
    What a response: Holly left judgment of Holly elsewhere!
    Thanks for the chance to share.
    Phil
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      Oct 3 2011: Hi Phillip,

      25 years of gardening
      + being able to say "Please start at the beginning”
      + being connected ego-less-ly
      = that IS heaven on earth.

      Thank you for sharing this,
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        Oct 4 2011: Thank you for the appreciation.
        Phil
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          Oct 4 2011: Well, appreciating that dream was easy Phillip, since I know the heavenly experience of gardening, and can imagine the rest from what you described.
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        Oct 4 2011: Thanks for the appreciation and the lesson that :D means "happy."
        Phil
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        Oct 4 2011: Linda I am doubly happy you are here. Welcome.
        Will you join us and post your thoughts on this topic.
        I am sure it will be a great and inspiring contribution to this thread. :-)
  • Sep 23 2011: This is a really great question. I think we all wonder at sometime what it would be like to wake up having 'arrived' in the life we want.

    Well for me, it goes like this.

    I wake up in the house I am now. My company makes enough money that we are comfortable and we can regularly contribute some of our profits to local causes like we plan to. I spend 6 hours a day at the office 4 days a week and the rest of the time following my passion, flyfishing and with my family. My wife has gone solo as a glider pilot (nearly there, keep going!).
    We have a house in the highlands at our special spot and we get to spend weekends and holidays there.

    Sorry its boring, its not world peace etc but its where I want to be
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      Sep 27 2011: Hey, NEVER be sorry for your dreams or where you want to be. They are yours and yours along. It is not for others to judge. And anyway, surely, if we each were where we wanted to be, world peace would be more tangible anyway! :0)
      • Sep 27 2011: Thanks for the reminder Hil! Dreams are individual and I am enjoying working towards mine at the moment. Like you, I hope that my recently started adventure carries on successfully! Take care.
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          Oct 2 2011: Perhaps we could keep each other up-dated around progress! :0)
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        Sep 28 2011: Hil wrote "NEVER be sorry for your dreams or where you want to be. They are yours and yours along. It is not for others to judge"

        What if someone's dream involves enslaving other people or using up resources that lead to the devastation of resources and starvation and suffering in many parts of the world?

        Should one not be sorry for such a dream ?

        Should we not judge such dreams?
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          Sep 29 2011: Bob !! Welcome.

          I agree with you 100 percent on the fact that evil visions, desires and plans of the mind deserve shame, judgement and outright elimination. And I don't think the word dream could be applied to such applications of the mind.
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          Oct 2 2011: Hi Bob, I agree with you around 'undesirable' dreams. As you probably appreciate, I was simply tailoring my comments around that given by Wayne as a reminder that dreams don't have to be huge or world changing in order to be valid and worthwhile. :0)
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        Sep 29 2011: Juliette wrote "I agree with you 100 percent on the fact that evil visions, desires and plans of the mind deserve shame, judgement and outright elimination. And I don't think the word dream could be applied to such applications of the mind."

        Evil is a very strong word that is often misleading. My point is that dreams that feel very good for one can result in harm to others. We are responsible when our actions cause harm to others. It is much easier to clean up our dreams than fix unintended consequences of our actions.

        If my dream is that my company makes a lot of money so I can retire and the easiest way to do that is by paying subsistence wages to people working in unhealthy conditions, I would feel sorry for that dream and expect to be judged for actions that lead me to fulfill it.

        Too many people follow advice to never be sorry and in the process lose awareness of things that they likely should be sorry for. Contrary to the 60's movie Love Story, I believe love means being ale to say you are sorry.
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          Sep 30 2011: "Love means not having to say you are sorry" also stuck with me in the same irritable way from the movie. And like many lasting messages delivered through elaborate productions, I was annoyed by how that sentence often misguides.

          "NOT HAVING TO", which means we should do our best to not cause hurt/harm. But I thought the statement should be: Love means not having to - but saying you are sorry because you want to - because you are aware that you should.

          I really appreciate the seriousness of your point : making sure our dreams don't adversely affect those of others is as equally important as having dreams for ourselves. I believe this is function of the level of consciousness we choose to live at as individuals & how much conscience. Some maintain very high levels of consciousness because they are well aware of the potentially destructive "butterfly" effects of their own actions.
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      Sep 29 2011: Hi Wayne, Welcome and thank you so much for sharing. There is so much wonder in what you wrote that I am having a hard time finding the boring part.I love how its here in the now.
      • Sep 30 2011: Thanks Juliette. Your question is certainly proving to be thought provoking.
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    Sep 22 2011: Hard to imagine, my aspirations are always on the move. However, I know that I would have achieved something substantial that would keep me happy even on the darkest days.
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      Sep 22 2011: Awesome !!

      Having what keeps us "happy even on the darkest days".
      Something substantial. This is so important. Its everything.

      Somehow, this brings amongst other wonderful things, "Seabiscuit" (2003)to my mind right now.
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    Sep 20 2011: The day you started this question I wake up to the life of my dreams.
    On this site you see some pictures of the peace day we organized.
    Scroll down:

    http://www.zonneglossis.org/
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      Sep 20 2011: Frans !! I am deeply touched by this evidence of manifestation.
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        Sep 21 2011: This day gave a taste of worldpeace.
        People from all over the world with only one thought and a lot of love.
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      Sep 20 2011: Franz that is spectacular! I loved the pictures especially the one of the lady pointing at you as though she was saying "He's the man!" Thanks for sharing!
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        Sep 21 2011: Yes she's a lovely lady that gives yoga lessons to children. I was just one of those that made this day possible. All people involved enjoyed it and did what they did for the good cause.

        Tonight we have a peace concert in another old church of center Amsterdam. With again a lot of children for they are our future.
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        Sep 21 2011: Frans...still looking through the pictures of the world you sent ..."peace Day"... it is Wonderful. We need one here.
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      Sep 21 2011: Frans,
      That is lovely, and I notice you in the middle of it:>) Are those all your photos? Fabulous!
      Although I cannot read the information, the photos tell a very beautiful, colorful, peaceful, loving story. Looking at the photos, makes me feel even more a part of it...thank you for that:>)

      My personal world, the space I occupy and move through is peaceful and content, so that fulfills my dreams regarding how I wake up every day, and how I share myself in the space I occupy. I wish to experience the global world working together to create peace, acceptance, respect...which all stems from LOVE:>)
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        Sep 21 2011: Hi Colleen,

        " My personal world, the space I occupy and move through is peaceful and content, so that fulfills my dreams regarding how I wake up every day, and how I share myself in the space I occupy. I wish to experience the global world working together to create peace, acceptance, respect...which all stems from LOVE:>) "

        So nice to have your contribution here,
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          Sep 23 2011: Colleen, Juliette.
          I'm sorry if I made you wonder. It is not that much when told.
          One of the best cellist we know of would play. We said do what you like we love it anyway. He came with a pianist and an African musician. They didn't play but became music themselves. After that we had some Dervish dancers. It happened that the music they had with them wouldn't play. Within seconds it was solved. The African had a Sufi background in music, we had a young woman that played panpipe and was member of the Sufi movement in the place I live. With one of the dervish dancers those three made music that made heaven shiver. They were total strangers.

          Then a few elder women stood crying. They explained that they have had a life of hardship and didn't believe in love anymore. But there and then they felt, heard and saw it which overwhelmed them. It was a big experience for them and for everyone but how can you describe beauty.

          Among many things as how everything was arranged and came at its place this was exceptional.
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          Sep 23 2011: No problem Frans...wondering is kind of fun:>)

          Music, dancing, coming together for a fabulous cause, strangers connecting and becoming friends and music makers, people re-discovering love .............
          Frans............you ask "how can you describe beauty"?
          You just described it my friend:>)

          Did you think about my suggestion in another comment? You starting a discussion thread to talk about peace day activities and stories? It think it would be really interesting...
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        Sep 22 2011: Hi Colleen
        As I see we're working to make your dream come true. Nice to hear you liked it.
        None of the photo's are mine.
        Incredible things happened. Too much to tell in short.
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          Sep 22 2011: Frans , you say "incredible things happened" and then just leave us hannnnnnging? :-) :-)
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          Sep 22 2011: I appreciate you working toward making my dream come true Frans. It seems to be the dream of many people, and that gives it strength:>)

          I made an assumption...you had a camera...we see beautiful photos...they must be yours!!!

          I agree Juliette...it's not fare for Frans to leave us hannnnnnging!
          Frans, why don't you start a discussion thread. There was lots of talk on TED sites about the peace day activities. Perhaps others have stories and photos to share? You could start by giving us more information about your peace day, and perhaps it will grow into many stories/photos, which I would love to see and hear.
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        Sep 25 2011: Frans - Those are incredible things - I am so glad Colleen and I made you describe it. Your description of the day is a feast for the imagination. It is so inspiring because it means if we just bring the elements together, magic will happen >> That love can be "made"
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    Sep 20 2011: Our ideals of freedom, justice and truth is in the forefront of our personal, local and global consciousness and also the constant awareness of our power to hope, trust and care.

    Justice defined as the opportunity to work for our basic rights and freedom to excel and expand our civilization beyond earth.

    Freedom to expound the truths of science and faith which converges strongly in our fundamental unity - that which the fringe of science are all pointing into and that the certainty of our faith equated in bringing heaven here on earth.
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      Sep 20 2011: Hi Joe,

      Since I have the bad habit ;-) of quickly peeling - to get to and - eat the heart of the artichoke ;

      " the truths of science and faith converges strongly in our fundamental unity "

      " bringing heaven here on earth " - delicious!!
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    Sep 20 2011: everybody is comfortable and happy with themselves and their surroundings. people deal with sadness in productive ways. there's less of a reason to be sad... people in this new dream life support each other, and create wondering things and ideas. even if the weather is always cold and rainy, nobody is sad about it. everybody is satisfied with just being alive. there's no petty concerns or uncaring youth, everybody is involved in the process of living. people are very connected with nature and animals, the earth isn't used, we rather become one with it. there's love everywhere, between everyone. love on all different levels. there's no hate, it doesn't exist in the dream life.

    people are free to aspire to whatever their interests are, and people are genuinely admired and appreciated for their contributions to this earth and life. everybody gets recognition for something. there's no classic school with grades that you go through here, instead it's real life learning, making a happier place for everyone. there aren't any corrupt government systems or unequal democracies... there's no war. we can all just live together in the perfect dream life, embracing each others cultures and languages. we learn things that are real and relevant to the world, instead of sitting behind a window in a classroom. people are free to be themselves, and everybody has to absolute right to be comfortable with themselves. nobody has regrets... it's beautiful. i want to cry, thinking about how alive i could be here.

    as if we could ever live there...
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      Sep 20 2011: Sterling,

      THIS IS beautiful. Reading your words and imagining the world you describe, I AM crying - tears of joy - "thinking about how alive I could be here".

      Thank you for giving us so many tools to construct with . I know I will visit your post many times and refer others to it. "People deal with sadness in productive ways" is one example.

      If I could go into your post and delete something it is "as if we could ever live there ". Remember we put man on the moon starting with Joules Vern.

      THANK YOU !!
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        Sep 20 2011: you're very welcome. i'm honoured to hear that from you, thank you so much. i simply wrote from my heart. i tend to be a bit of a pessimist in the end, but you can pretend the last line doesn't exist. maybe life will be like that one day after all.

        also, have a very nice day!
  • Sep 17 2011: i wake up feeling full of peace and love, with no need to do anything, but with a desire and willingness to help.
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      Sep 18 2011: i hope you wake up feeling full of peace and love, without a need to do anything, but with a desire and willingness to help.
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      Sep 18 2011: Hi Nicolas,

      That is profound !! And feels complete. Thank you.
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    Oct 7 2011: I finally got the chance to enter a local university to study actuarial science.Looking back at those days, I knew that God was always there to help me.Being here right now, I will make sure that I will never be ungrateful to Him.I'll value every breath that I take and I'll study hard and I'll make my parents,friends, fellow Tedsters proud of me.I am happy.It's been positive all around me and happiness is finally in my life. =)
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    Oct 5 2011: "What time is it? Honey? Hey, who are you?"
    "I'm Juliette."
    "Hey Juliette. I'm Gerald."
    "Good morning, Gerald.'
    " This is uncomfortable. You see, I expected to wake up next to my wife. I don't quite know what you're doing here."
    "Neither do I"
    "Obviously, I've been drinking last night. Wait I didn't mean it that way. You look gorgeous. It's just... Well I'm married, or I was, or thought I was.. Why are you laughing?"
    "Your accent is funny."
    "Well..."
    "We couldn't have met at the pub last night since I was home. I fell asleep on my couch and woke up in your bed."
    "So..."
    "No, we probably haven't..."
    "Right. We'd remember, I suppose, if we had..."
    "This is weird."
    "Sorry, hmm... your name again?"
    "Juliette."
    "Juliette, great. So would you like to join me for a cup of coffee and figure this out?"
    "Terrific."
    "You do have clothes on, right?"
    "I've got this gown on, not mine."
    "Oh that's my wife's. But that's ok. You can keep it."
    "Nice house. Are you a carpenter?"
    "I try to be. Mind the staircase. It looks nice, but the first few steps are nasty."
    "So you built all that on your own?"
    "Yeah... Hey I can also make tea. Yeah let's have tea for a change. You like green tea?"
    "Sure. Tell me something, Gerald. Do I look like your wife?"
    "Not at all."
    "What about personality?"
    "Nah, you're very different."
    "I don't get it."
    "I wonder where my wife is."
    "Probably waking up in someone's bed."
    "Why is this happening?"
    "Don't ask me, my last memory is wanting to switch the TV off. Hang on a second, I think I can't remember where my appartment is. "
    "Appartment? You live in the city?"
    "We're not in Boston?"
    "No... we're not. We're not in the US."
    "This is too weird."
    "You got a job there, in Boston?"
    "Yes. And I need to book a flight real soon."
    "What do you think about this? Is it just us, or is the whole world shuffled overnight?"
    "We should find out."
    "Do you think there is a reason for this?"
    "If there isn't, I'm still glad to have met you."
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      Oct 9 2011: A wonderful creative inspiration.Thank you Gerald :-)
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    Oct 5 2011: hmm... very hard question, as my dreams change daily and new dreams appear once one has been achieved.

    If my dreams would suddenly be achieved, I would wonder how it could have happened.
    Dreams are easy to imagine, but sometimes hard to realize...

    Maybe realizing your dreams is more important than having them realized.
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      Oct 6 2011: " Realizing your dreams is more important than having them realized" is truly transformative !!
      My sincere thanks Christophe.
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    Oct 5 2011: Hi Juliette,
    Interesting question cause I have really reached the life of my dreams. I reached a state of higher several years ago when I started to write and I know I will never leave that state anymore. From that day I consider it as my only task to be open–minded for the arrival of the right inspiration. For me, writing is a continuous process of intuitive contemplation, evaluation and questioning. A process in which my motivation lies, in a deep longing for truth and union with the higher. I try to offer valuable alternatives to the limitation of our insight and against the extreme selfishness shown by many people. The themes that I discuss can be divided into three categories: a just mode of life in which respect is shown for all people and all cultures worldwide; a responsible behaviour that goes against the powers of a ravenous industrialization; a harmonious walk of life that is able to lead to a worldwide spiritual awareness.
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      Oct 5 2011: Hi Alex - Once again I wake up today and receive a gift like this.

      How thrilled I am to know that you are living the life of your dreams. And that you "will never leave that state anymore". And how doubly glad to have you here, with these words which may serve as foot prints to follow.

      Thank you.
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    Oct 4 2011: This feeling of well being, sense of accomplishment, not quite elation but something smoothly, glidingly light, uplifting,romantic.....on the ripply surface of Halifax harbour, welcoming me in the soft, cradling arms of life.
    This is enough to nourish my soul, whatever it is that needs nourishing in the depths of me, that ever
    curious self that wants to know all. I send my gratitude to the gulls circling above.
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    Oct 4 2011: That life could take a lot of different shapes but it would revolve around the central tenet that I had contributed some lasting influence towards the Good, left the world a little saner, safer and friendlier for children. We should all put our lives into full problem solving mode, which means we have to maintain the capacity to learn and live our ideals.
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      Oct 4 2011: The life of your dreams does sound really good. Easier said than done, but very meaningful none the less...
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      Oct 4 2011: Hi Walter,

      Creating lasting influence towards the good; that is the making of a great legacy.
      How wonderful to have you here.
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      Oct 4 2011: Good to hear from you again, Walter.......Where shall we start? How do we go about blotting out greed?
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    Oct 2 2011: My dream is that every child in the world wakes up feeling fully and completely loved and has the resources to explore and develop their gifts and potential.

    This would require political and economic systems that rewarded cooperation and compassion rather than greed and self-centeredness and an educational system that was structured to respond to the personal needs and learning style of each child.
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      Oct 3 2011: This is a WONDERFUL dream Bob, and my energy is with you on this:>)

      One of my dreams is that people will communicate with honesty, trust and respect for each other without blame or judgment.

      I woke up this morning and recieved a notice of your comment on another site that was posted right before that discussion closed, so unfortunatiy I cannot respond there. I agree with much of what you write in your comments, and there was one discussion in which we did not agree, or we were using different terms, or whatever. I totally respect you and your work, and I also have my own beliefs, which I am willing to share here on TED. Yes, I learn, grow and evolve with each and every interaction, and I am not, in any way playing a "gotcha" game, as you suggested. I lilke to share my beliefs, just as I encourage others to share their beliefs without judgment.

      Again, my wish every day when I wake up, is that all people communicate with respect, kindness and love.
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      Oct 3 2011: " SYSTEMS THAT REWARD COOPERATION AND COMPASSION RATHER THAN GREED AND SELF-CENTEREDNESS."

      Bob this is where I like to wake up and live my life at. I love this.
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    Oct 2 2011: This summer I magically lucked out and rented a house near a beautiful beach for myself and my children for five days for about $500. The house had a pool and was flanked by bamboo trees. One day around 6pm I was floating in the pool by myself, suspended in the water, golden sun setting on my face, gentle breeze rustling the bamboo. At that moment, I felt craddled by the universe in perfect peace. I thanked my lucky stars for being so kind to me and wished the same for others.
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      Oct 2 2011: Karen, it sounds exquisite and you make it come alive for us in the way you shared it. I hope you hold on to all the vividness of your memory and return to it at will especially on those dull days of winter!
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        Oct 2 2011: Thank you. The winter has a special sparkle for me as well. This is a bit of video I took after our giant snowstorm last year. Isn't it lovely? http://youtu.be/jxdgZgxeXMQ Look to nature. It has something wonderful to offer in every season.
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          Oct 2 2011: Yes! You certainly have the TED spirit! Thanks for that lovely clip!
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          Oct 2 2011: Thanks Karen - Now I have two images from you to hang on to :-) :-) I lOVE snow. It makes winter wonderful!! And I know what Debra means by holding good images to uplift us during harder days =" dullness of winter " as a figurative speech.
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      Oct 2 2011: Hi Karen,
      I know I will be holding on to the image you described through dull days and coming back to read your post for a recharge. I am so glad you shared this with us. Thank you.
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    Sep 30 2011: Dear Juliette,

    If you mean a station in life to which I will have arrived, then I don’t have a ‘Life of my Dreams’. It’s cliché but true: It’s about the journey, with side tracks, scenery, bumps in the road and all. To me that means…I AM living the life of my dreams. I don’t mean to say that I have a rosy, problem-free life (is that even possible? The tiresome negotiations at the moment with my constructor remind me that it is not :) or that I have already achieved everything in life. Good heavens no. Life, for me, is about who I am and the development I’m going through in this life. I am here to grow and help others grow, by making use of the circumstances I am in.
    So, what is in ‘the Life of my Dreams’ is variable. Who I am is best experienced in relation to something or someone. The development I wish to experience, with the help of those ‘something’s and someone’s’ (among those TED and TEDsters :), is one that allows me to grow into a more compassionate, giving, trusting, fun, loving person.
    I was always interested in a wide variety of things the world has to offer. I have done and/or experienced a lot of those things and certainly have many, many more I wish to experience and do. For example, I look forward to (again) living by a body of water (like the creek where I grew up :), be in a loving relationship and playing with a Labrador retriever. I also look forward to sharing more of my experiences, especially with young adults, and write a book. And of course I would want the ‘good’ experiences to last forever or the goals to be magically achieved, but life has a way of stepping in to present a side track or a bump in the road to challenge me and offer the experiences needed to grow and help others. I am aware that everything changes, nothing is permanent. And so, ‘the life of my dreams’ is made up of that journey and everything I encounter. Not just the destiny.

    I hope this helps out in your quest.
    Warm regards,
    Astra
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      Sep 30 2011: What a wonderful treat for me to - wake up - to today !!
      Inspired.
      Thank you dear Astra for this.
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        Oct 1 2011: And thank you, dear gentle soul, for the opportunity given. May you lead the life of your dreams too :)
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          Oct 2 2011: Thank you.
  • Sep 22 2011: Haha I'll be honest. I wanted to find something deep and profound to say but right now, it would be a nice modern house at the beach with an Aston Martin in my garage, my girlfriend is a top model and I also have a dog. It's holiday and I invited a bunch of fiends to crash in my several guest-rooms, it's 11 in the morning and we're going to have a brunch. Then we'll go have a sunny afternoon on the sea, sailing my yacht.

    Haha! Fail! Consumerism wins!
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      Oct 11 2011: It is wonderful to have a kind and generous friend like you who would share such luxuries with so many. As long as there is fair trade, minimal carbon foot prints & ethical sourcing, its a win win win . Brunch at eleven is perfect !!

      Your honesty is appreciated :-) Mr Kebabsoup
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      Oct 11 2011: The address, please? The Mediterranean, the Red Sea, Hawai, Miami, where? My GPS is waiting...
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    Sep 22 2011: " Genuinely find 'a little piece of heaven' in every day "
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    Sep 21 2011: You only reach the life of your dreams in dreams.In actual life the moment you achieve something a new desire will emerge.
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      Sep 21 2011: Hi Rafi,

      I am bursting with excitement to respond to your words but will hold back because I intended for my conversation to be a blank canvas. I am honored that you are in this thread.
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    Sep 21 2011: I have a theory that if I woke up and had the life of my dreams after a year or so I would probably get tired of it and want another. :) But for fun here it goes.
    I would have a dog. ( I cant have one now I live in an apartment). I would not live in an apartment. :) My neighbors would be cool.(they are not) I would like to have a waterslide. I would know how to cook really well. Hmmm. now that I think about it all this is really do-able except for the cool neighbors part..... and waterslide.
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      Waterslide !! Super !! I am on it. ooops, I said I'll hold myself back and just slipped down this one !!!
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      Sep 21 2011: To Jacob with luv. Let your imagination soar!

      http://youtu.be/1WlRcXIO5ik
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        Sep 21 2011: Debra, I love it !! Perfect. The lyrics !! Even the dog is there !!
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        Sep 21 2011: HAHAHA!!!Yes!!! Julliette, Debra , Jacob = epic waterslide- party! ASAP!
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    Sep 17 2011: I wake up next to someone I love in a developing nation in a simple home with a lot less 'stuff' certified to teach English as a second language. All around me are sounds and sights and smells I have never experienced before and I am a bit overwhelmed but extremely alive. I am excited about teaching and learning in this new environment. The intellectual challenge of learning to live in a new language and in a new culture with a new love makes me feel fully and totally alive. Meaningful work and caring about people make me feel a happiness I have not felt in far too long. I cannot stop smiling. It feels like the fulfilment of a dream made real.

    Thanks Juliette for giving me a foretaste!
    • Sep 17 2011: Less "stuff" is a great idea! So is living in another country(s) to learn from them. To expand your horizons & care for others is a great dream & I hope it comes true for you including how you wake up.
      I am also one who cares about others except I care for those who can't speak (animals).
      Now if I could just win Lotto I could make my small dream come true. LOL
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        Sep 17 2011: Hi Gale,

        You already have won. You are here !!!!!!!
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      Good Morning Debra !!

      It is quite a long time since I have thought living in countries other than our birthplaces, as exchange students, should be a mandatory requirement in middle and high school. I love the image of " I can not stop smiling."
      You just started a new one of mine !!

      I would be one of the people around to create/enjoy a meal together with you.... and I pray that as the days pass, the newness of every moment, will fuel your feelings of being - totally alive - That you will enjoy the process of the new love and new growth as it comes. And when that new is old, you will taste the precious flavor and matured richness of it's age.

      Cheers !!
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    Sep 17 2011: perfection, magnificence wonder and awe.
    mystery magnitude exuberance and pleasure.
    greatest peace, grandest love, deepest wisdom and highest truth.
    oh did you actually think someone wasn't dreaming dreams of angels.

    i wish this could be my life and more lol.
    i hope life grants my wish without fail.
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      Thank you for these beautiful words upon which I shall RUMI-nate every day!!

      (I am sure you hear this all the time, but I love your profile photo :)
      And I will be delighted when you re-visit here with angels.
  • Sep 17 2011: Simple really! Have a medium sized house boat (with a small outboard boat attached) tied up in the 1000 island area of Florida. My dog & 2 cats share the space with me while I do my animal art works. If I decide to move, I can without having to find another house. Just pull up anchor, start motor & find a new area. If I need supplies: Just jump in small boat & go get them. If that sounds like I wish to be a "Waterway Gypsy" then I guess that would be true.
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      Sep 17 2011: Gale! That sounds utterly charming!
      • Sep 17 2011: Charming? Maybe! But like ALL dreams that too has a down side: Hordes of mosquitoes! LOL But at least no more fleas to contend with.
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          Sep 17 2011: Serenity....just serenity and peace to create art in.