Do you dream?

Do you dream?   I started to remember my dreams 2 years ago.  FYI, this is what I said:

Did you ever stop remembering your dreams?  I did…almost 7 years ago.

From time to time, I would remember a dream… after I woke up, but I couldn’t articulate what happened in my dream. This is the FIRST time I dreamt and I was remember what was happening in my dream.  I did something and I remembered it.  This is HUGE!  I almost want to go out and celebrate.

What next???  Will I start being able to articulate my thoughts?  Will I think before I  speak?  Will I be able to walk on my hands?  OK, I can not be walking on my hands… again, but who knows!

I had a dream just the other night…and I think it was in color!  I woke up and was going to tell my wife about it.   I WAS SO EXCITED! I planned the sequence of the dream…the beginning, the middle and the end…and I decided to write it down so I could easily articulate the dream.  I was so excited.  Was this the FINAL barrier I was going to face before getting back to work?  I was also thinking maybe I should take my wife out and spring it on her during our dinner.

I WAS SO excited.  I pulled out a piece of paper and began to write.

I wasn’t able to write ANYTHING.  The minute I started, my mind was racing to find the correct word and nothing would leave my pen.  Darn!   Maybe I should wait another year before I attempt the dream thing.

I now remember my dreams!

Did you ever stop remembering your dreams?  I did…almost 7 years ago.

From time to time, I would remember a dream… after I woke up, but I couldn’t articulate what happened in my dream. This is the FIRST time I dreamt and I was remember what was happening in my dream.  I did something and I remembered it.  This is HUGE!  I almost want to go out and celebrate.

What next???  Will I start being able to articulate my thoughts?  Will I think before I  speak?  Will I be able to walk on my hands?  OK, I can not be walking on my hands… again, but who knows!

We just laughed and laughed…

I just met a guy who I hired at my old company in Hayward, California.  Of all the people who I had the privilege of hiring, David was my favorite.  We first saw each other AFTER I had my stroke; I don’t remember much about out conversation.  David reached out to me a few days ago and we set up a meeting at my favorite Starbucks.

Jill and I were really excited to meet him.  Prior to our brief meeting in 2008, we hadn’t seen each other for 17 years!  But getting back with David was like old times; I didn’t want it to end. I just laughed and laughed at all the funny things he said.

We spoke about the problems he has gone through, we laughed about the funny things that happened to us and we spoke about our children-the future leaders of the world.

We had spend 1.5 hours with him and we both were sorry to leave.  I feel blessed to spend time with someone so special.

Then…after all that…he gave me a lead to call. What a great person!

Where is that list again?

It is so simple…a fifth grader can do it.  So why do I have such a hard time remembering
what to bring to my presentations..even after 2 years of doing it?  Jill created her famous CheckList.  She has a list for everything: shopping, travel, Costco, Target, Christmas,Things To Do, etc.  EVERYTHING.

At first, I said “Don’t be silly.  I don’t need a CheckList.”  But, she still prepared one for me “just in case.”  And I am glad she did.  I only had 5 things to remember…and I forgot the slide show!  How could I do that?  I was proud that I remembered the Speaker Introduction, my water, the speakers, and iPad….but I forgot the slide show.  Fortunately, we didn’t leave and Jill quickly handed me her CheckList, which you will see below.  Now, every time, I go over the CheckList.   Each time (and I have given over 100 presentations) I say “thank you so much for doing this for me.”  Jill is a star!  She just smiles.

TASKS

-Take Picture

-Projector?

-A table (close by): I use my laptop so I can see the slides being projected

-I have a few video clips that must have sound; (I will need to make sure that the sound from the video goes thru the sound system)

-Cordless lapel mic

-20 Minute Presentation

-30 Minute SALES Presentation

-40 Minute Keynote

-Painful Blessing

-Q & A -Jill Viggiano

-Emailed CORRECT version to iPad

-RECEIVED Correct Version

-MacAir

-iPad

-Podium

-Small speakers

-Speaker Introduction/Summary

-Pen

-Business Cards

-iPhone

-Water

-Everyone need Bookmarks

-Clip board with emails

-Count Attendees

-Count Inquires

-Books Delivered

-Books Sold

-Avg price per book

-Survey

-Ask for Refs