I awoke the morning after Extraordinary BookWoman Day with a dream about an ornate golden key going into a keyhole. The door opened and there was Robert Langdon, the hero from the Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, presenting a talk on symbols.
He lectured about the value of symbols and their impact on our lives, in that they can convey in an instant a meaning that would otherwise take a paragraph (or two or three) to express.
Professor Langdon taught that symbols are not only the language of our dreams…but are a key to fulfilling our dreams (deepest desires) in the waking world. As an example he showed the class a slide of the color red, to which the class shouted out in unison, “STOP!” He showed a slide of a handshake, to which the class shouted, “Friendship. Agreement. It’s a deal!” He asked the class to imagine the symbol that most people would associate with them.
At this point I awoke (darn!). However, in the hypnagogic state (the twilight zone between sleep and awake) I was in, I pondered my personal symbol and what I represent to people.
Because I’m the author of “I Had the Strangest Dream,” I believe I symbolize “dreams” to people as well as a resource to make their awake dreams (desires) come true.
As you enter into July, and celebrate the 4th and all that it symbolizes (independence, life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue all the happiness we can fit into a lifetime), I hope that you will ask yourself, “What do I symbolize?” “What do I WANT to symbolize to people?”
Perhaps the ability to be conscious of the brand that we symbolize to people holds a (the) key to our success.
As one of our keynote speakers from Extraordinary BookWoman Day (and WNBA/LA member) Ruth Klein says, “There is no competition if you are being 100% authentically YOU.”