All is Calm, All is Bright: Dream

Dreams can come true: A dream is a wish your heart makes: Dream on.

Dreams are powerful things. Several inventors have cited dreams as the original inspiration for their inventions, including the sewing machine and Google. Film makers, in particular, have a penchant for making their dreams reality, with both Inception and Terminator being credited to bad dreams. Having your dreams come to life sounds ideal, but as C S Lewis pointed out in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, daydreams may make ideal imaginary lives, but the worlds of our night-time dreams are darker, scarier and less welcome in a modern, rational world.

There’s a whole industry built on the interpretation of dreams, with books available on how to read that dream about a new house, big monster or voyage through the sky. I’m not sure that dreams are as easily understood as that, but I do think that we can tell a lot about our inner state by the style of dreams we have at night. Sleep well, dream well and you are probably living a life free from most strains and stress. Worrisome dreams, panic dreams and dreams where you are being chased usually come from some issue in life that you have either buried deep, or are wrestling with in your mind.

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live

And yet… dreaming, daydreaming, and planning possible futures is well worth it. Being able to think ahead and dream of what you will be doing in a year or ten years or twenty years time is a great ability. Imagination is unlimited, and we are creatures that are capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. I wonder if the world isn’t suffering at the moment because we have no dreamers in charge. Our leaders seem so prosaic, so earth-bound, so practical about what can and can’t be done. So tied to money, either the getting or spending. It’s a shame, because it will only be in having an ideal dream of the future that we can set a course towards it. If we the people can’t see where the boat is heading, how can we the people be expected to share the dream?

My dream at the moment? That the people of the world wake up and work together. That we finally see the futility in wars and weapons, that we have time to spend working together to build a better world, environmentally, emotionally and economically. That we work harder to save the planet, that the developing countries at present chucking out most of the pollution are capable of learning from our mistakes and developing at a faster pace than we did. That we can have our religions but use them gently, without the need to impose our belief on others but with cooperation for all. That we work together towards sharing resources, educating the world, ensuring equality and making sure that the potential of all members of our society can be fulfilled if they want it to be.

You may say I’m a dreamer…. but I’m not the only one.

All is Calm All is Bright 24 words of Christmas Square

I have a massive favour to ask….

I don’t monetise my blog. I don’t run adverts, take sponsorship for writing posts or use affiliate links. I want everything I do on this blog and in my hygge life outside to be truthful. If I promote a book it’s because I’ve read it and like it, if I  point out an item it’s because it’s impressed me on its own merits and not because the publicist has talked me into it. It does mean I don’t run giveaways and I’m not chasing followers, but the drawback is that I need to find a way to support myself.

That’s why I write books. My thoughts are that if I ask you to buy a book not only does it support me, and let me keep writing as an independent writer, but you get something back for your bucks. I’ve written several books, some on hygge, some on Christmas. If you like what you read here, or in the Hygge Nook, and you’d like to support a struggling writer, would you please consider buying a book? Ebooks give you the best value, since for 2 or 3 pounds you get the content of the book, but I’d be a pretty poor writer if I didn’t appreciate the beauty of a real book in the hand. If you buy just one book, it all adds up in the end to support me, and I’d be so grateful.

I have three Christmas books,

Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version. It looks at keeping the Christmas season warm and cosy, with ideas for activities and routines to keep Christmas happy.

A (Hygge) Christmas Carol is my look at Dickens’ immortal classic and the many lessons we still learn from it today. It contains the full text of the book as well as hyggely thoughts on the story.

Enjoying a Self Care Christmas is only available in ebook version. It’s about keeping Christmas simple enough and healthy enough to keep you sane in the process.

My other books are hygge related, 50 Ways to Hygge the British Way  was my first book, and is available in Paperback and Kindle version. It’s a simple look at ways to feel more hyggely in life and at home even though we’re not Danish and don’t have it in our DNA.

How to Hygge Your Summer, in Paperback and Kindle form, has lots of good ideas for the summer months. I strongly believe that hygge is so much more than throws and warm drinks.

Happier is my fourth book. It’s about how I boost my own happiness levels. It’s full of hints, tips and ideas for you to use and adapt to suit your own situation. It is available in ebook and paperback version from and

If you buy any of the books through the links on this page, I get a couple of extra pence per copy, in Amazon vouchers which go towards buying more books to review for the blog. I’d really love it if you’d support me monetarily, but I quite understand that cash is tight for many people, and I just love having your support via reading and commenting as well.

One thought on “All is Calm, All is Bright: Dream

  1. Just bought 50 ways and started to read it snuggled up in bed tonight. Felt pretty hygge and I only stopped to check out the blog. I will be back, now back to the book 😊


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