I have enjoyed following the prompts of @sheofthewild for a January Instagram writing challenge. For Day 18 the prompt is remembering dreaming. It was fun to remember different dreams in my life, though it took some time to complete the poem.


remembering dreaming


Remembering Dreaming


I remember dreaming of visiting faraway lands

New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Ireland

They all seemed so exotic, so otherworldly

to my mind as a child.


I remember dreaming of snow, envious

as I read books about kids sledding or

making snow angels and I would imagine

what fun it must have been


I remember dreaming about living

in a place where seasons were obvious,

where leaves turn colors and fall

carpeting the ground with reds and yellows


I remember dreaming of leaving

the hot humid air of Florida

being married and having kids

and having that dream come true


I remember when I forgot dreaming

staying busy and often feeling exhausted

while raising kids and homeschooling

visiting other moms as kids played


I remember when dreaming returned

Whether forgotten or new matters not

The important thing is to realize that

Dreams are a part of who we are


Whatever my age I can pursue my dreams

Learning new things and enjoying life

Never forgetting the importance of

Remembering to keep on dreaming

                                                               gayl wright



Remembering to Enjoy Life


Most of us have probably have dreams of some kind or another. Some we can easily bring to fruition, but others we may have to give up. Rather than get discouraged when we are disappointed, maybe we can be willing to look for new dreams. We need to remember to find the joy in life.


We should never be afraid to change our minds or try something new. Click To Tweet


A few years ago I began writing again and found that I love it, especially poetry. Near the same time I also tried keeping a few dairy goats and taking a karate class. The goats were fun for awhile and we enjoyed the milk, but I realized I was not cut out for that. Learning karate was fun for the most part, but I had some trouble with my back and have had to put it on hold.


Having to give up some things doesn’t mean I’m a failure. It means I stepped out of my comfort zone to try new things. The experiences were good for me and helped me to see that even if I am in my sixties, life isn’t over. I can still have dreams and pursue them.


My goal is to enjoy life and do the best I can to share the joy with those I meet. Click To Tweet


Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NIV)


So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.


I’m linking up with: #TuneInThursday, #SittingAmongFriends, #FaithOnFire, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup, #InspireMeMonday, #TeaAndWord, #TrekkingThru, #porchstories, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #HeartEncouragement, #SundayThoughtsLinkup


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26 thoughts on “Remembering to Always Keep on Dreaming

  1. Your poem made me recall a book I read as I child about German girls living on a mountain. I’ve never stopped writing, it is a constant with me. I;m trying to picture myself in a karate class, and the only milk I know about comes in a jug.

    1. I wonder what book that would be, Rebecca. Do you remember the name of it? Writing is really a good way to get things out or express ourselves, isn’t it? We had Nubian goats, and their milk was so tasty. We loved it! I’m hoping to get back to karate, but right now I’m on the inactive list. 🙂 Thanks for visiting! Blessings to you!

  2. Dear Gayl,
    Thank you for this great reminder. I remember a very hard season in my life, when my husband and I could not see any way out, but then I heard God speak to me to “keep the dream alive.” At the time I wasn’t even sure which “dream” God was talking about! But now I see, like you, that the dream is to find joy in the life God has set before us. Thanks for sharing the Scripture, and these thoughts to keep looking up, no matter where we are. I am praying that your back heals up quickly, my sister! Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo

    1. I love how God encourages us even when we can’t see the way through to give us hope. Yes, sometimes we look so hard for joy in the wrong places instead of right where God has put us. It might be hard to see sometimes, but it’s there. Thank you for your prayers. My back is doing well right now, but I’m not sure I can actually start karate again just yet.

      Blessings, love and hugs right back to you, dear sister! xoxo

  3. I’m amazed at how so many of my dreams God has made come true in totally random and unexpected ways! Your poetry is lovely, Gayl!

    1. God is like that, isn’t He? Sometimes surprising us in ways we never would have thought. Thank you for your encouraging words today, Elizabeth! Blessings to you!

  4. So true, Gayl! Trying new things and deciding they are not for us is definitely not failure! I’ll bet it was fun to sit and think about the things you used to dream about. God takes us through so many different times and seasons. Enjoyed reading how you summed it all up in your beautiful poem. Have a blessed week!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, June! It was fun to think back over those dreams. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. 🙂
      Blessings to you!

  5. Awww yes enjoyed this very much today – dreaming…….we visited New Zealand last Summer for the first time ever out of the country and it was truly a dream come true. Loved reading this today.

    1. Thank you, Melody! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 I would love so much to visit New Zealand, esp. to see where Lord of the Rings series was filmed, but also for the beauty of that country.
      Blessings to you!

    1. Dear Stella,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad to know I have encouraged you! That is a blessing to me. Never give up. Some dreams may change and some may have to go, but some are ready to be pursued.
      Blessings to you!

  6. Oh Gayl, I love all these memories of dreaming! I remember dreaming of the children I would have and the Scottish sea and the summer Sunday dinners with the family God gave me…

    1. Thank you, Jamie! Your dreams sound wonderful! I’m so glad God gave us the capacity to dream and to be creative.
      Blessings to you! Glad you stopped by.

  7. I’m so glad you came to my part of the world last year and saw what the season looked like up here. So glad you continue to dream. I think it’s more of a challenge to dream at our phase of life, but maybe we’re better at it . . .?
    Always good to read your beautiful words.

    1. I’m glad I came there, too, Michele. It was great to meet you in person!!! Yeah, at our age maybe some dreams won’t have time, but then again maybe we have learned to dream more realistically because of our age and experiences?..
      Thanks for being here, Michele! Many blessings to you with love and hugs! xo

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