Be a Happy Dreamer

Here is one of Karen Salmansohn’s ingenious posters (one of my favs).

Dream big, think happy thoughts, and enjoy!


graphic credit: Notsalmon

22 thoughts on “Be a Happy Dreamer

  1. Hello Paul,

    It is a great poster. And it is fundamentally mistaken – this only occurs if one accepts the subject-object divide and then falls into love with the mind. Wiser men than me have noticed that ‘you are what you do’. First, your way of showing up in the world is what you do – the role you play, the actions you perform, how you perform them, where you perform them. Second, what you do shapes you over time. Which is my way of saying that you become what you do. Don’t take my word for it, test it out.



    • Hi, Maz. I’m in total agreement with you on ‘you are what you do.’ Obviously one cannot merely dream of what they would like to have or become and have it magically or mystically appear in their lives. Isn’t it possible though, if not probable, that for most people dreaming and thinking is the genesis of ‘doing’? I’m hoping so. Thank you for your continual thought provoking input. We always need to challange ourselves if we are to grow. Be well, my friend. ~Paul


      • Hello Paul
        You are so generous with your praise and I thank you for that. You make a difference to my living which is why I hang out here at your place often.

        As for your question “Isn’t it possible though, if not probable, that for most people dreaming and thinking is the genesis of doing?” I say NO. I say for most people thinking/dreaming is a substitute for doing, for taking action. Let’s take the example of taking part in a demonstration. There are the people who get up, face up to their concerns/fears, make their way and demonstrate. And in the process they put themselves into the game. And there are another bunch of people sat at home or at the pub thinking about, whining about, dreaming about demonstrating or bringing about a ‘better world’.

        No this addiction with thinking is a modern obsession bought about by Descartes and the subject-object split. With this split the mind becomes supreme. And thinking becomes supreme with the success of the enlightenment and the industrial revolution. What is forgotten is the the likes of all the tinkerers who tinkered and eventually invented stuff (today’s equivalent is James Dyson) which gave rise to the industrial revolution.

        No, Marx said it best when he wrote: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.”

        Think Gandhi, did he spend his life thinking before acting? No. An incident occurred – being thrown of the train – and he got into action at the indignity of his treatment. Think Jesus, did he think or did he act. Think Mother Theresa, did she think or act. Think Steve Jobs, a thinker or one who made things happen?

        Of course I am being controversial. A more accurate picture of the person who is effective is one who integrates thinking-doing like two sides of the coin. Gandhi was a great example of this. He committed to a course of action. And the thought about the next step. He took that next step and observed the results. And allowed that to shape his next result. He saved his real thinking for the times when spontaneous acting in the circumstances did not work.

        All the best


        • Well, my friend, we’re just going to have to mutually agree to disagree on this one. I think my only sticking point is that I believe everything originates from thought. Ergo, positive, happy thoughts are the beginning of positive “doing.’ I don’t believe that ALL positive, happy thoughts lead to positive ‘doing,’ only that positive ‘doing’ always STARTS as positive thought.

          I have positive thoughts in my head right now that are leading me to say thank you to you once again. πŸ™‚ Sincerely.

          And I’ll sign off with words my Mother imparted to me long ago, “Actions speak louder than words.” I think we can agree on that. ~Paul


    • Hi, Sahbinah. Thank you for sharing this link. I had not seen it before. It is really interesting. I’ve been a fan of Karen’s for some time now. She contacted me a few years back on Twitter and invited me to send her one of my quotes and she would “posterize” it for me. She’s had me since! I think other readers will enjoy this also. She is what I call motivational inspiration. Thank you again, Ms. Sahbinah. πŸ˜‰ ~Paul


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