This topic was suggested by me for the weekly Friday LBC posts for this year. Quite what I had in my mind when I suggested it escapes me now and I am floundering to write something about it.

“Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”
~ Wikipedia.

Logically, the definition precludes dreaming as we understand it, ie, a thought process that occurs during our sleep. So, the detachment is while when one is wide awake!

I am not a great daydreamer now as my time is quite occupied during the day times. I am usually reading, or solving crossword puzzles, or being quite occupied with something or the other. I suppose that in my younger days, I was a daydreamer and in retrospect can say that some of the daydreams have come true while most have stayed as dreams only. I suppose that it would be the same for most of us.

I am now at an age where it is futile to daydream whereas I can live in my past to my heart’s content. And that observation brings me to an all time favourite piece of writing from a favourite author, with which I will close this post.

“The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him?

No, thank you,’ he will think. ‘Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.’ ”

From “Logotherapy in a Nutshell”, an essay”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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25 Responses to Daydreams.

  1. kylie says:

    That is a wonderful quote!

  2. Maxi says:

    …but of sufferings bravely suffered.’ Have never thought of this.
    blessings ~ maxi

  3. nick says:

    I know daydreams are usually thought of as positive, enjoyable images, but I guess gloomy, disastrous images can be daydreams as well. I probably have as many of the latter as the former, but fortunately the disastrous images seldom come to pass.
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  4. Shackman says:

    I disagree – you are never too old to daydream but you may not need it. Your time is pretty well spoken for.

  5. I’m pretty much living in the present and don’t think about the past that much. I do think dealing with adversity in the past has made us a lot stronger in the present — we’re apt to be more grateful for what we have now and less worried about what the future might bring. We have a lot more faith in ourselves because we’ve earned it.
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  6. tammy j says:

    the only thing i would wish from the past would be a younger FEELING body!
    i am limber for my age due to continued yoga. but not like i used to be. and i admit to daydreaming about that. sheer ease of movement with no strain of any kind.
    a disciplined body. from years of ballet then yoga. once having it and knowing that wonderful feeling. alas. only in my daydreams now! 🙂
    otherwise i am fine about being here NOW. other than bob not being with me…
    these are some of the nicest days of my life!
    and that is a wonderful quote by frankl i agree with kylie. though i don’t do that with my calendars!
    but then nor do i feel sad at the end of another year either. 🙂

    • If at all I could, I would also dream for two normal hip joints instead of the replaced and revised ones that I am blessed with! For all that, I am quite happy that I am at least without pain and discomfort and quite mobile.

  7. wisewebwoman says:

    “Where were you?” said my partner at cards t’other night.

    “Away,” sez I, “Picking flowers with the fairies.”

    “Ah,” sez he, “No finer place to be.”

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  8. Grannymar says:

    My life is one long daydream… Oh wait now, you mean it is real and I am not dreaming? I can live with that!
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  9. It seems to me that daydreaming was a thing of my youth—a time when I formed the self and life that I am living now. We think of daydreaming as a passive activity, but I think it takes more energy than we think. Looking at my day, I regret that I don’t have the time or energy to daydream. The thoughts that go through my mind now (unless I’m meditating) are about crossing things off my list, getting things done.
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  10. I’ve just checked my comment, and see that my picture has migrated to Grannymar’s comment! (Sorry Grannymar!). So I’m posting this as a test to see if it works properly this time!
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  11. Kaitlin says:

    That is a great quote. I used to daydream quite a bit as a child. I suppose I still do now and then but not to the extent I forget to do whatever task is in front of me.

    • Frankl’s quotes are all extremely wise and if you can link them to the context in his books, they are even better. Not forgetting to do what task is at hand is a good way to avoid daydreaming!

  12. Cathy in NZ says:

    something odd here on your comments – all your commentators and no doubt mine will as well – are your avatar…

    maybe the daydream just took on a new level today…here

  13. Cathy in NZ says:

    oops Kaitlin just became me!!!

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