Nancy E. Gill Posted 4 months ago What ingredients are necessary to help nurture, build and shape our dreams and goals? Glad to see some of the same names here as in a previous conversation. I have kept a journal almost every day for decades--not to re-read, necessarily, not to save for posterity (I have no posterity),not to publish, but, mostly, to try to stay current with myself. I trust my less-than-fully-conscious self a lot, and assume that my best insights are not likely to be "on the top of my head," just waiting, fully formed, to leap onto the page, but, often, they are NEAR the top of my head, and, as soon as I start writing, they perk up and think, "Wow! She's really going to listen to us again! How nice!" And then they eagerly tumble out. They tumble out best, I find, when I ask a question in writing just before I go to sleep at night, and then write a response to it when I first wake up the next morning--or even in the middle of the night. I also think of some of my favorite lines from , say, Erich Fromm, or Carl Rogers, or A.S. Neill, or Robert Frost, or E. E. Cummings, or - - - so many other people whose thoughts pop up like toast just when I most long to look at them again. I think of Julia Cameron's wonderful activities at the ends of each chapter in THE ARTIST'S WAY All these people and many more are just "there" for me to draw on, all old friends I have never met, except through their writing. For example, from Fromm: "If one is after quick results one never learns an art." Frost: "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. The figure is the same as for love. It begins with the first line laid down, runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life. Not a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but a momentary stay against confusion." They have popped up so often and so regularly that I feel as if we and they are very old and very good friends So--I think "For this day only." I ask: "What are my dreams today? I date my remarks, and write the My hand writes. I listen to what my hand has to say, and reflect.