positive progress report

I don’t understand this dream…

…and yet I’m encouraged by what it shows me.

In the dream…

A young workman has finished a project at my father’s house…

As he leaves, he steals a section from the newspaper on the kitchen table.

The nerve of the guy!  I hurry to catch him.  But as I do, I tell myself: be calm.  Don’t fly off the handle.

I find his RV parked in our driveway.  I enter and take the newspaper section from the workman.  I do say a few words to him—but without getting overheated.

After I exit, I see him at the steering wheel of the RV—but the wheel is on the passenger’s side.  A shadowy figure is mostly hidden on the opposite side.

I have many questions about this dream…

But I haven’t taken the time to answer any of them.  I have so much work begging for my attention right now…

Nonetheless, I did ask myself: Should I stop and look into this dream?

Yes, I would learn something…however, I believe:

There is a time to go within—to shine a light on the darker parts of our depths…

…but now is not that time.  Now I need to focus my energy elsewhere.

But I am glad I remembered this dream; I’m glad I took the time to write it down.  I look at it as a progress report…

At times, in the past, I’ve vented my anger when confronting those who’ve committed petty crimes against me…

…and later, often regretted getting so steamed.

This dream shows me being conscious in the moment—I’m able to stop myself before engaging in that harmful behavior.  I’m able to say “no” firmly—instead barking“NO!” without thinking.

I can’t quite believe I’ve made such a change in my waking life.

But in my experience, dreams don’t lie.

In any case, if I’m able to do that in a dream, I should be able to do it when awake.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
my war for peace: poetry ebook


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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