down the creek

Even those who believe dreams are meaningless nonsense must admit…

…a dream can sometimes be such fun.

In a recent dream…

I’m following a trail through a wooded city park.

On the bank of a creek, I find a section of board about a foot wide and a couple of feet long.

Just for fun, I put the board into the water to see if it’ll hold me.  And to my surprise, the wood supports my weight.  I began to float down the creek.  I’m now headed in the direction from which I came.

I can see the skyscrapers of the city in the distance above the trees.  But my vision is a little hazy.  If the creek has a sudden drop-off ahead, I might not see it in time.

Nevertheless, I feel fairly safe and keep going with the slow current.

But eventually, I realize I must make a choice.  Should I continue down the creek or return to the trail?

While walking the trail, I had a destination.  As I float, I’m getting farther and farther away from that destination.

So, I decide to return before I go too far.

A positive dream overall.  Yes, I’m concerned about the haziness in my eyes…

However, my vision has been even worse in past dreams.  Sometimes, I’m driving at night and can barely see.  Or my car windows have fogged up.

So this dream actually shows an improvement.

I encouraged by other aspects of the dream as well…

For one thing, I’m willing to experiment.  Also: I maintain my balance and “go with the flow”…

I allow myself a little fun—a break…

Then, when making my decision, I listen to my heart.  I don’t know exactly where I’m headed on that path, I only know there’s a deep desire to get there.

Okay, that’s all well and fine…but I don’t see how this dream relates to my present or my future.  So I’m a little frustrated—I want to apply this message to my waking life.

Maybe the answer will come to me eventually…if not in a day or two, or a week or two, then in a month or two…or even year or two.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the memory of floating down that creek.

© 2019, Michael R. Patton
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following the ant path

A recent dream demonstrates the value of ants…

In the dream…

I’m walking alone through a land of drought.  A layer of dust, at least a foot thick, covers the barren ground.

Fortunately, I have a trail to follow—a narrow indention in the dust created by ants as they went to and fro, performing their chores.

My first question was: who or what are those ants?  Maybe they represent the many people working tirelessly in the shadows.  As long as I follow the path they’ve made, I won’t get bogged down in the foggy dust of our world, our life, our culture.

I like that message.  But I usually look at dreams differently—as if every person or creature symbolizes an aspect within me.

So maybe those ants represent work I’m doing on an inner level—usually unseen.

I don’t know…I’m confused now.

But why fret about meaning of those ants?  After all, they’re not a problem.  They’re helping, not hurting.  Their path leads me out of the desert…

At the end of the dream, I’m heading toward the downtown area of a large city.

So, I’ve gone from a place of isolation and scarcity to place of activity, abundance, and new experience.

A positive ending.  But perhaps not completely positive.  After all, that city looks somewhat cold and gray.

When I go into a dream, the message I discover is usually a mix of good news and bad.  But that makes sense, doesn’t it?  After all, dreams are pictures of our waking life.

© 2019, Michael R. Patton
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nothing to brag about, really

Researchers tell us sleep deprivation can negatively effect concentration, creativity, short and long-term memory, problem-solving skills, and judgment.

But despite these well-established facts, NFL coaches brag about how little they sleep…

Bill Belichick claims he never sleeps during the season.  Oakland Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden once wrote a book titled Do You Love Football?!: Winning With Heart, Passion, and Not Much Sleep.

At his previous coaching job, he was known as “Jon 3:11” because that’s when he rose in the morning.  Such schedules are typical around the league—not only for head coaches, but also their staff.  Rob Ryan averaged two and half hours of shuteye as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.  Would these coaches encourage their players to cut their sleep during the season?

When I see a smart coach make a bonehead move, I want to tell him: get some sleep!  Maybe we should beg our coaches to sleep more, instead of booing their confounding decisions.

Yes, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to make mistakes of judgment.  But if the coach and all his assistants are sleep-deprived, such mistakes are guaranteed.

I must admit their endurance and dedication are impressive…


…I don’t see sleep deprivation as a sign of strength.  Well, I do and I don’t…

There’s a part of me that believes rest is for the weak.  But there’s another part that’s willing to take an honest look in the mirror and say: you’re hurting yourself because of a false belief.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
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