Monday, March 5, 2007

Bookmarked-The Sunday List of Dreams

Dreams are the lively and lovely desires of the heart, soul, mind, and body that should propel us through every moment of our lives. ~ The Sunday List of Dreams, by Kris Radish~
Connie Nixon, 58 years young, divorced, and newly retired from a demanding career as an RN, is now ready to embark on a new life, one fueled by her Sunday List of Dreams, a list she's been keeping and tinkering with for "as long as she can remember." There are at least 48 items on this list, everything from "buy a convertible, something flashy, put the top down and drive someplace without thinking" and "start sleeping naked" to "stop doubting yourself" and "stop being afraid." Connie's journey toward fulfilling her dreams takes on some totally surprising twists and turns, as a reunion with her oldest daughter teaches her some amzing things about herself, and leads her to a completely new interpretation of her List of Dreams.
Sunday List of Dreams is the fourth novel from author Kris Radish (The Elegant Gathering of White Snows, Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn, and Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral), whose series of books about women in mid-life and their experiences with friendship, life journeys, and learning to accept the past and embrace the future, are "chick lit" at it's best. Normally (and I hope I don't sound like a book snob when I say this) I don't read this particular genre~it seems to formulaic to me, the plots often contrived and hackneyed, the characters somewhat cairicaturistic.
I enjoyed this one though, (probably because it was such a departure from Paint it Black, the novel from Janet Finch that I finally had to set aside unfinished just before I picked this one up.)
It was a fun read, with strong and humorous women characters. Most interestingly, it brought up some very intersting issues for me.
First, The LIST. It's the backbone of the book, this list of dreams, and it informs everything Connie does. Following her progress in ticking off the items on her dream list, I was suddenly horrified to realize that I don't even have a list! Sure, I have dreams ~at least I guess you could call them that~ but they're so amorphous and vague they don't resemble anything like the 37 concise dreams Connie has documented in her brown leather notebook.
Then, there's the WAITING. For most of my life, I've been postponing even thinking about life dreams because I've been waiting for something~waiting to get through school, waiting to find a job, waiting to raise my family, waiting until I had enough money, waiting until my parents didn't need me, waiting, waiting, waiting~ and what it all comes down to is that I've been waiting for life to happen to me, and not making anything happen for myself.
SO~~~ in the spirit of creating dreams to "propel" me through the rest of my life~~~ here, in black and white, are the first three items on what I'll call my Monday Morning Dream Directive...
1. Stop waiting!
2. Take charge of your life!
3. Decide what your dreams are, and then do #1 and #2!
*Beginning today, The Sunday List of Dreams, is a featured selection of the Barnes and Noble online book club, including conversations with the author.

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Blogger Tori said...

You have got me excited about this book. I really enjoy your writing and see that we have many 'favorite' books in common.
I am looking forward to reading more of your blog!

3/06/2007  
Blogger deirdre said...

I find myself in the same postition - lots of dreams, none of them well defined. My brother has been urging me to write down my ideas and goals, making them more real and attainable. I'm going to follow along as you list yours and inspire me to do the same.

3/06/2007  
Blogger Star said...

It sounds like we're all on the same page here. I've been reading and seeing all sorts of inspirational things lately and what I'm finding is that they seem new to me when I first "discover" them, but as I really pay attention to them and start digesting them, I realize that they are not really so very new at all. I am the one who is new. I am the one who is ready to hear or see the newness in these things that have come to me before wearing different clothes.

I think making my vision board was (unknowingly) my first step in making my own list of dreams. Since then I've done some other things along that same line but I haven't made list yet (but making a list is on my list!).

Is your Monday Morning Dream Directive something you'll be continuing in your private journal or you be sharing it here?

Also, thanks for the book review. It sounds like something I might like and also something I could recommend to my mother.

3/06/2007  
Blogger paris parfait said...

It's true that too often we seem to be waiting for something to happen, as though we're in dress rehearsal, rather than actually living our lives. Then we look up and 20 years have passed! Sounds like an interesting book. I shall look for it.

3/06/2007  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

Thanks, Becca! The book sounds truly inspiring--and entertaining at the same time.

3/06/2007  

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