Warning: Listen For Father’s Day Dream Sirens

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Her mother died giving birth to her 6th child leaving Sonora and her siblings to be raised by her father. She wanted her father to know how special he was because of all the sacrifices he made for his children.

Her small dream to pay homage to her father ultimately turned into a national celebration honoring fathers all over the world. Did she know her dream would become an internationally celebrated day?

Probably not.

But I’ll bet she was following the dream voice inside her head, shouting,

“You must do this thing that you must do.”

It is impossible to know how our dreams will impact the lives of others, or how they might grow to include generations yet to be born. Think of how Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb completely transformed the way we live our lives today.

There’s the invention of the birth control pill, the condom, a woman’s right to vote, lipstick, rubber bands, and vibrators to name a few.

These all were just dream voice ramblings in someones head – until they decided to listen – and do what the voice called them to do.

This is the way of the dream.

One day your dream voice will quietly tiptoe into your head and gently whisper,

“Hey there . . .listen up . . . I think you need to . . .”

right in the middle of your “regular” life.

And this is where it begins.

You’ll smile to the voice, then immediately dismiss it as silliness – like Aunt Ella’s ultra-small tea cup collection.

At the first meeting with your dream voice, you won’t comprehend it’s not your normal voice telling you its usual craziness like eat chocolate at 2:00am or kiss the person you know you shouldn’t.

It’s different:  it’s the voice calling out to you from the depths of your soul.

Like other dreamers, you will fail to understand the power behind this voice.  It has a mind of its own and a will like Scarlett O’Hara returning to Tara, with a force like the chariots of the Gods, which will reign down upon you for years on end, if you won’t heed to the call of the dream siren.

It becomes the dream cry that won’t be subdued.

It becomes the 3:00am Mockingbird singing at the window of your life.  It’s the barking dog at the fence of your idle time.  It’s the bees buzzing around your head just as you drift into dream slumber.

Oh you can work your day job at the DMV believing you are doing just fine in your safe life, but the dream voice has other plans for you.  It will grab your face when you least expect it and turn you towards the music store you pass on Sundays.

You know the one.  It’s the one reminding you of the song inside your head waiting for pen, paper and your time.

“Just buy some blank sheet music,” the voice whispers gently.

You can be working a banking job, climbing your way to the next level, while racing home everyday to read your latest romance novel.  The dream voice will show up just as you are ending chapter three,

“You could write this better . . . your vixen is voracious like no others before her . . “

You are swimming in a local pool when you think of a way children can learn to swim with less effort, or in line at the grocery store you suddenly realize how check out lines can be more efficient. 

The dream voice is tracking you down, calling you out, begging you to make a difference and be the person you were born to be.

But you have to recognize when it’s happening.

When the dream voice whispers, your chest will tighten in heightened excitement. You won’t notice if you are breathing. Time will seem to stand still.  You will be lost in your head.  The dream voice is singing, calling you to take a risk and swim to the land of fear.

Any euphoria you feel stops instantly when you decide it’s something that you cannot (won’t) do.

“It’s a silly idea. It won’t work. I don’t have the time. I don’t have the money. I’m too tired. I’m too old.”

The list of siren killers is endless and the scared child inside of us fights a gallant battle against the words of the dream voice.

“Please don’t make me, what if . . .”

But the dream voice will not be silenced.  It will haunt you to your death.

It will try every trick in the book.  Magazines will suddenly fall on the floor in front of you with a title that screams your dream, or a friend will invite you to an event where you are surrounded by living examples of your dream.  You will take a wrong turn and accidentally end up in front of your dream home.

It will show up and show up and show up and show up.

Because the dream siren is a powerful foe.

Some brilliant dreamers understand from an early age to just listen to the sirens song of the dream voice and follow its lead, as it draws them from one brilliant accomplishment to another.

Think of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Vanessa Redgrave – all knew what they loved to do at a young age and went about making it happen before they were old enough to drink. Their inner dream voice must have the lungs of an opera diva belting out marriage of Figaro.

If you continue to ignore your dream siren, she will come at you while you are driving alone in your car, on a hike in the woods, sitting alone with your coffee – any time it can catch you – to press you into thinking about your dream and what life might look like if you accomplished it.

It will wake you up at 3:00 in the morning. It will haunt you in bookstores and museums. Friends will be called on to carry out the sirens call by suggesting classes you never thought of, seminars you never heard of, or inviting you on trips to places you never imagined.

The universe will conspire with your siren to make you live your dream.

It’s the way of the dreamer; the dreamers path.  And it’s calling out to you.

Don’t you hear it?


Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. Someday, she would also like to be invited to speak at TED as the next Erma Bombeck. Catherine posts Sunday nights.

  • Sara Green

    Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

  • Heather, the e-commerce builder

    Gotcha! You mean that thing that smacks you upside the head, blinking like a neon sign in Vegas – reminding me to take advantage of an opportunity right in front of me??

    Oh wait – that’s you! Thanks for all the continued inspiration, as always.

    – Heather

    • Catherine

      Back at you! Thanks for your support!

  • Luella Bernardi

    Interesting content and I have never been unsatisfied. Continue the good work ladies.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thank you Luella

  • Toni Schram

    I’m surprised our fellow dreamer Laurie aka White Chocolate hasn’t come up with a siren song rap. WC, get on it!

    Brilliant writing Cath! Thanks for calling us out to remind us to continue on our journey to fulfill our dreams, no matter what.

    You have totally inspired me!~


  • I’m listening :) and appreciate you cheering us on as we follow the siren song… So grateful for YOU Cath!


    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thank you Lisa! :-)

  • Mariska Smith

    Great post. I’m watching all of you dream – M

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thanks Mariska!

  • Ron Filippelli

    Such a remarkable dream discussion all of you have happening here. I enjoy the mixture of intelligent information along with some great stories. It is nice to be able to find excellent blog posts on dream topic after topic, where some of say it with humor, while others, with prose. With all the web waste today, I appreciate finding some true voices on the net, and you are all females to boot. Best wishes R

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thank you Ron for your comment and your complements!

  • Laurie Allen

    I love getting divorced…I mean it’s tough, but there is such a renewal that goes on. Who says we have to be married forever. I freakin’ love the wedding party. Cath, your dream post was so true to my experience. The dream siren cannot be ignored. It’s not like you wake up one day and say….hey, how can I complicate the BE-Jesus out of my life? The dream part of you is your spirit. In Nia they explain the spirit as the part of you that makes you…you, the thing that is unique. Thanks for that, it was lovely!
    Love, Love, Love….Laurie

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      LOL Laurie. You always make me laugh out loud in my chair.

      I loved getting divorced too!

      You are quite welcome ;-)

  • Remy G

    What a beautiful post Cath. Thank you!

    I wish I would have listed to the siren when it started to sound at the end of my second marriage. I shut down everything, creativity, passion, wonder – in an effort to protect those very things – which I see now, was a mistake. I could have used them as a strength to walk my way out of that bad situation – but because I didn’t do that it took me a long time to feel excited about photography again – so I promise, when it sounds now, I definitely listen.

    • Catherine, Site Admin

      Thank you Remy!

      I thinks sometimes our lives can be so full of strife during certain periods that we don’t hear the voice – especially if one is in a bad marriage.

      I remember after I was first divorced and alone in my house for the first time (Brian was with his dad) and I couldn’t figure out what to do with myself.

      It had been such a long time since I had a moment to myself to catch my breath. I ended up painting and gardening while I worked at bringing my creative side back into view.

      So I hear you on the shut down part. I think everyone has done that at some point.

      Hugs, Cath

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      Thanks for the tweets!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I forgot to say, “Happy Father’s day to all the great dads out there being the strength behind our dreams!”

    Happy father’s day.