My dreams tell me many things…but more often than not, they say: you’re fighting with yourself.
Consider this recent dream…
An office supervisor leaves his company at the end of the day and heads down a stairway.
Inside the office, employees remain at their desks. By choice, they’ll work late into the night.
The supervisor is irritated at them for staying.
This dream scenario brought to mind Mad Men, a TV drama set in a 1960s advertising agency.
The creative team at the agency often worked long hours…
But to what good? The extreme overtime seemed to numb them. Wouldn’t they do better work if fresh?
The connection between this dream and my waking life was obvious. Prior to the dream, I’d been extending my work time late into the evenings…
…even when I sensed I should rest and refresh. Yes, I’d been rebelling against my inner supervisor.
The dream seemed to be telling me to end the evening shift.
But the thought made me squirm…
After all, I kept returning to my work, because I wanted to get it right. I was following a deep desire. A positive impulse.
The office manager can keep me organized. But such practicality may sometimes be at odds with the creative drive.
I once read: a dream will present a question, but never provide the answer. That may not always be true. But it’s true in regards to this dream…
The dream isn’t telling me to stop the evening work. Nor does it say: go ahead—push yourself; don’t give in to fatigue. No, it’s just showing me the conflict situation.
After that realization, I found the answer I needed. I found it where good answers are often found: between two extremes. I still work in the evenings. But not quite as much. And I’m more willing to take a break from the battle.
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