Our wants and needs sometimes seem ephemeral and not quite real; it feels as if others, and we, treat our wants and needs as merely transitory or ignore them completely. This is damaging…without affirmation or acknowledgement we may begin to drift rather than follow our goals and dreams. When our ideas and dreams don’t seem to have taken on weight and solidity is it much easier to lose track of them and thus lose them for good and for real. We need to have dreams and goals and dreams of goals to give our lives a direction and meaning. When the goals have floated away on the wind we are lost and stumbling into a void that appears more permanent than the hopes previously held dear. The fleeting nature of a thought that began as a passing fancy can blossom and grow with acknowledgement and encouragement from others, and ourselves, and may give our lives a turn for the better. Or possibly a turn for the worse that could hold within in it a lesson we needed to learn. We cannot afford to treat these currently insubstantial desires as something impossible to expand and achieve for ourselves or others. Ephemeral urges can be acted on, the search for that passing what-if thought can be begun and the what-if thought evaluated for its worth and possibility. If we ignore all these subtle hints coming from our deepest selves it may be too late to retrieve the vestige of an idea of what they might have been. Isn’t it better to search for these elusive thoughts than to allow them to drift away with no effort to pin them down for examination?