‘We cried for two solid months.’ That’s how Deborah Robinson describes the painful period in 2002 when her husband, Jim, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Just 57 at the time, Jim was soon unable to work or drive, and Deborah became his primary caregiver, while continuing to work for the Disney Corporation in Orlando. Yet she survived the inevitable progression of Jim’s disease, and his death in 2007, by reframing the situation in the most positive terms possible.
Dreams are finally getting the respect they deserve, as pathways that illuminate our deepest desires, fears, and frustrations. Better yet, they can actually give us the courage and confidence to act.