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Why is The Dream Unquestionable?


Just Rolling with It

September 10 · Issue #107 · View online

Pursuing our dreams, not theirs.

Ideas on pursuing our individual dreams, not the dreams of others. Learning to hear our inner voice to guide us toward them while filtering out the noise of modern society’s dream pushers.

I’m writing a lot in this newsletter about the Dream. It’s the one pushed on many of us by modern society.
The short version -
Go to school, get good grades.
Get a job that pays well, so you can …
…accumulate the objects the Dream Pushers market and society agrees prove you’ve “made it”.
You won’t be happy at your work, but that’s OK.
Just keep pushing and consuming…
…numb yourself against unhappiness along the way if you need to. The Dream Pushers will sell you plenty of supplies to do that too.
This article from CNN about returning to work from vacation caught my attention recently. I experienced it as a clear and sad example of mass media pushing the Dream concept.
The stark contrast of the joy and freedom of family and friend time with the drudgery of answering a zillion work emails, can be hard on your emotional well-being,
There is a real sense of loss that comes with this transition period that makes us all a little sad…
Ummm, no kidding?
So what’s the solution?
Book another vacation.
Ease back into work.
You can also try to add some variety into your worklife.
Don’t dwell. Know that something you enjoyed has come to an end, but make peace with it and know it will come back again. Resist feeling sorry for yourself.
Reflect. Think about what you liked about your break and bring an element of it to your work.
And do connect. People who are blue tend toward withdrawal.
(Ok, I do agree with the last one 😊)
What’s conspicuously missing?
Taking a step back and wondering why we accept this cycle as normal.
Why do we accept this cycle as normal? Why do we treat the Dream as unquestionable?
Let me know by replying directly to this email. I answer every reply.
Catch you next week, with gratitude,
Semi-Random Thoughts
After years of following Jerry Colonna’s work and that of his company, Reboot, I’m feeling excited to join a Reboot Circle this fall. I first considered joining one about 4-5 years ago, about the time I started JRWI.
The time wasn’t right then. I had pretty much given up hope of joining one after that. Who knew that the right time would come around again after 4-5 years?
For me this has been an exercise in letting go of expectations and not pushing too hard on a desired outcome. I feel grateful for the chance to join and this learning experience that led to joining 🙏
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Current Reading List
Jerry Colonna is the CEO, and co-founder, of, an executive coaching and leadership development firm whose coaches and facilitators are committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders.
Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World by Oliver Bullough
Current Playlist
Something for Your Mind ..Body .. and Soul-Pt 2 by djadamt | Adam NC1BRUVA | Free Listening on SoundCloud
DJ CASPA UPFRONT & PERSONAL AUGUST 19! by djcaspa | Free Listening on SoundCloud
JUSTICE SOUND, 1970s Reggae History, Ultimate Reggae Roots And Culture Mix. by Justice Sound | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Fitting Room by Osunlade | Mr Osunlade | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Sacred Call of DrumBeat July 16 2019 by StanZeff | Stan Zeff | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Podcast of the Week
Getting Stuck by Choosing Money Over Creativity - The Just Rolling with It Podcast by Chris Remus | Free Listening on SoundCloud
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