Posted on 05/27/2009
The word “dream” has a multitude of meanings. We night dream, we day dream, we have ambitions. Kelly and I discuss our night dreams regularly. We enjoy trying to discover what might cause them. For instance, I might say to him over our morning coffee, “I dreamed last night that I was riding a talking horse.” And he would think a moment before reminding me that late the evening before I had watched a few minutes of a re-run of the old television program, “Mr. Ed.”
By far the most interesting interpretation of the word “dream” has to do with hopes and expectations. A guidance counselor might ask a high school student, “What kind of a life do you want to make for yourself? What are your dreams?”
This kind of dreaming might be called “active imagination.” Other descriptions include “goals” or “visions” or “plans.” I certainly understand these concepts because my “imagination” spawned Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. The idea grew in my head before it grew in the world. That’s the way most experiences—good or bad—come into our lives.
The famous psychiatrist William James wrote: “If you hold a picture in your mind for long enough (and work hard enough) that picture will become reality.”
Kelly, who has lived his life in service to others, has some practical pictures in his head now that he is deep into his retirement. He wants to improve his golf game. I tease him that he should try to qualify for the U. S. Open and maybe become the first octogenarian to win the prestigious title. So far, he hasn’t said yes. As for his poker passion, Kelly reports that “I play just fine, so I dream of better cards.”
Naturally, we both dream of youth success, college educations, and happiness for our children, our children’s children, and—now that we’re great-grandparents—our children’s children’s children.
A person should not stop “dreaming their life” and “imagining their future” after they graduate from high school. In fact, why stop ever? This 77-year-old great-grandmother hasn’t stopped dreaming…hasn’t stopped imagining. I’ve lived a very full life and my experience—combined with my thinking rights—has taught me more than I could have possibly imagined when I was a youngster in and near a North Dakota farm village.
I don’t know what—or how much—my personal future holds. None of us do, really, but as we get older, the odds change. Don’t think such uncertainty is going to stop me from living life to its fullest!
So bear with me while I dream—imagine—a happier future for us all.
I imagine a world where my family and my company can help many more people than we’re helping now. More people will know about us and more people will understand our benefits. I hold this picture in my mind…and I’m working to make it real.
I imagine a world where governments and insurance companies finally “get it” and realize that to help people live healthy lives, they have to find ways to help them afford healthy eating. Tens of millions of our less affluent brothers and sisters will be able to afford portion-controlled healthy eating. I hold this picture in my mind…and I’m working to make it real.
I imagine a world in which we have ended the obesity epidemic because people have learned to say no to the debilitating effects of junk food, fast food, and over-eating; and yes to the beauty of eating well and eating right. In this world, millions of people are living healthier, happier lives. In my dream world, Americans lose a total of more than 5 billion pounds during the next 20 years. And keep it off. I hold this picture in my mind…and I’m working to make it real.
I imagine a world in which we learn to get along, and pay attention to what we have in common, listening to all sides, trying to understand, searching successfully for a peaceful conclusion to our disputes. I hold this picture in my mind…and I’m working to make it real.
I imagine a world in which—all things considered—we all understand that the most important aspect of life is happiness. What is happiness? Loving and being loved. Caring and having people care. Small successes and/or big successes. Taking advantage of opportunities to be helpful. I hold this picture in my mind…and I’m working to make it real.
And last—but not least—I imagine a world where all of you—dear readers—eat healthy, lose weight, get and stay well, and live happily. I hold this picture in my mind…and I dream that you do too…and I’m working to make it real…and I dream that you are too.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.