Dreaming of a better world

22:39, Jan 01 2014
Pat Veltkamp Smith
Columnist Pat Veltkamp Smith was Southland Times women's editor until 1997 and is a former president of the Southland Justices of the Peace Association.

Having made the same resolutions every year - every month, every week - for ever, this time round I am simplifying things by just changing words.

The most important words for me to use, or to hear, are thank you and sorry so they are the words that will feature in my conversation for the next while.

Hopefully they'll remind me of what my New Year resolutions usually are, and no, I am not going too deeply into that as few things are more tedious than other people's resolutions - unless of course it is their dreams which can hold you pinned rigid with boredom for an age as dreams unfold and unwind, each with a curious resemblance to every other dream sequence you have heard about cats, sudden nudity, cliff-tops, falls, flying.

Overall we are best to be a tad reticent about dreams but few of us are. We long to share them because we are so different in our dreams and it is nice if others can see that. Like does anyone dream they are 80 in a dream?

Eighteen, maybe but 80 no.

And rarely are we drying dishes or pulling out weeds by hand in the garden.


In our dreams - hence the dismissive phrase - in our dreams we are somehow larger than life but not fatter, wiser but not older, recognisably ourselves but a bit smarter or so it seems.

Look, I am not re-telling my dreams any more than I am sharing my New Year resolutions. Why? Too much information or boring, boring, boring.

Some other people's on the other hand are revelatory, interesting, if the name attached is.

If Lady Gaga shared dreams or resolutions, if Auckland mayor Len Brown or retiring Maori party leader Tania Turia did, I'd certainly pay attention.

But mine? Forget it - please.

Go carefully for a safe and happy New Year. Let 2014 unfold peacefully.


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