Hi Robin,

Thank you for your thoughtful and in-depth reply! It sounds like you’ve lived — and still live — quite an interesting life! I’ve got a bit of Native American in my ancestry and the Native American culture has intrigued me for as long as I can remember (when I was young I used to listen to a lot of Native American music and even played the flute for a while). I’d love to meet your husband some day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your comment reminded me of something I wrote for Karol Gajda a few weeks ago. He wrote a free manifesto called The American Dream is Dead and asked several bloggers to email in and describe what we thought the American Dream meant to them and what they feel it means now. Here was my submission:

The American Dream meant individuals had the freedom to create their own future; it meant they had the power to forge a long-lasting legacy regardless of their religion, social status, education, or current financial standing. But that dream was lost when they decided to hand over that power and freedom in return for comforts and easy access to simple pleasures.

We now have a new opportunity to rekindle the American Dream on a global scale โ€” to make the American Dream a Global Dream. New technology has given us unprecedented access to knowledge and resources never before available. As children of this new era we have the responsibility to take this opportunity to create a future that generations after us will be proud of.

Weโ€™re all free individuals when we make the choice to become free from our own preconceived notions of how the world is supposed to work. Weโ€™re all powerful individuals when we choose to be creative, to use the resources available to us, and to keep an open mind. We all live the American Dream when we choose to free ourselves from the clutches of consumerism, materialism, and ignorance; when we choose to have respect for life and a passionate drive to live life to its greatest potential.

I totally agree that it’s our priorities that need to change — and the way we define success. I think so many of us are just following the well-worn path not because we’re stupid, but because that’s all we’ve know and that’s all everyone around us knows.

But I think that’s changing and I think conversations and comments like those in this post are proof of that. The ball is rolling and things are changing. Lets each find how we can play our part and keep things moving in a better direction. ๐Ÿ™‚