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Diary of a Life Planner: Dreams can come true
by Chris Mellor on Nov 22, 2012 at 09:54
‘Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of created effort’
Franklin D Roosevelt, 1882-1945
A couple of months ago, I met couple Bob and Jenny. He was aged 60 and she 55. Bob had recently taken early retirement from a career that involved him travelling the world and the couple spent much of his working life apart.
I asked Bob what he wanted to do with his retirement. He said: ‘I would like to sail my boat around the world for about 18 months.’
Jenny sat bolt upright in her chair, crossed her arms firmly in front of her and said: ‘Well I don’t!’
She said she loved horses and riding, and for many years had dreamt of riding in great cities around the world.
After she had spoken with great passion about her dream, I asked them both what it would be like if they could live their respective dreams and share them with each other. They looked at me incredulously.
Creating a dream come true
Although Jenny had no intention of boarding Bob’s boat, she totally supported his wish to go sailing around the world.
I painted a picture of Bob sailing his boat for about four weeks at a time, travelling from port to port, and when he arrived Jenny would be waiting for him. They would spend a couple of weeks together and then he would set sail again.
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