Confidence

The most significant dreams came to me shortly after my friend Pete died.  He was actually murdered.  One night I entered into a dream and Pete was there.   He said, "I want to take you to this place where I live."  I thought, Well, that’s interesting.  When we arrived, I saw it was a wonderful idyllic setting with a lot of creatures flying around: elephants, camels, people.  I said, "I’d like to try flying myself."  And he said, "Sure, but since you’re not dead, you have to go over to that booth there and rent some wings.  They’re only a quarter."  I said, "Great," and I went and rented the wings.

I took off, and I was flying around with all the other people, having a wonderful time.  All of a sudden, I realized, "This is ridiculous.  How can I fly with these twenty-five-cent wings?"  Immediately I started to fall.  I was terrified I was going to die.  Then I thought, Wait a minute, I was just flying a minute ago, and I started flying again.  I went back and forth with this — falling and flying, falling and flying — until it finally dawned on me what this was about.  I said to myself: It is not these wings that enable you to fly, it’s your own confidence.
                     
                 – – – Amy Tan in WRITERS DREAMING: Twenty-six Writers Talk About Their Dreams
                        and the Creative Process

                 

13 thoughts on “Confidence

  1. I’ll have to look for this book–inspiring!
    I didn’t know you had a blog. WHY didn’t I know you had a blog? *is confused*

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    • Angela, is that you?
      You probably didn’t know I had a blog because I just recently put the link on my Blue Board name.
      How’s life/writing treating you?
      (And yes, I LOVE that book).

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  2. I’ll have to look for this book–inspiring!

    I didn’t know you had a blog. WHY didn’t I know you had a blog? *is confused*

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  3. Angela, is that you?

    You probably didn’t know I had a blog because I just recently put the link on my Blue Board name.

    How’s life/writing treating you?

    (And yes, I LOVE that book).

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    • I have shelves filled with writing-related books and this is one I love to pull out and open at random (having read it in its entirety years ago). There’s all sorts of good stuff in here. I highly recommend it, Kelly.

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