work it out, baby

all work and no play - April 29, 2014d

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


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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