First a Dream Then a Reality

Being mindful of your dreams can result in wondrous things. Edgar Allan Poe’s quote gets us started…

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”

First a Dream Then a Reality

But it’s what L. Frank Baum said in the Preface to The Lost Princess of Oz (1917) that concisely explains the power of a dream and imagination…

“Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.”

Then, it is those dreams of the day that become the midnight thoughts that keep us awake in anticipation of what may be.

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