A wise man once said:
“Work hard…play hard.”
A recent wise dream tells me to do both at the same time.
In the dream…
I’m part of a working team in a windowless building of small rooms.
I’ve just finished a job. Now, I join the other workers, who are taking a break.
But soon, I’m given another task. So, I must work while the others relax.
I go into an adjacent room to start on this new project.
Moments later, I hear music and open a door to check it out.
I see the comedian Robin Williams and a middle-aged woman working at a table, side by side.
While they work, they do a silly dance to some loud disco music. They really dance quite well.
I knew the dream wasn’t about an employment situation. The dream referred to a different type of work…
I believe we’re all learning through this life: we’re learning in order to grow. That’s our real work.
But don’t I deserve a break? After all, everyone else got a rest. Should I have protested?
No, I don’t think so. I was given the task because I needed the task.
But maybe I was taking the wrong approach…
The disco pair demonstrated to me that the work doesn’t have to be such drudgery.
Robin Williams is a jokester, a clown. The woman who dances alongside him reminds me of a former co-worker.
She was a good solid worker; quietly conservative in manner.
So, I have these two sides to myself: the playful jokester side and the solid worker side.
There would seem to be a split. But the dream tells me: it need not be that way—these opposite sides can function in harmony.
I’ve got find ways to put them together. Because when I do, I’ll have a good time—a better time—while still making progress.
© 2014, Michael R. Patton