A Message in a Dream

Back when I was policing and in the field, my dreams while sleeping often revolved around the job.

Victims needing immediate help and for whatever reason I could not get to them.

People attacking me and "the fight was on."

Lots of violence.

Being well removed from those uniform days, I don't have police dreams so much anymore.

But evidently, my mental anxiety is still job related, just much less serious.

For instance, the other night, I had a dream.

I was speaking to a large class of students. Everyone was attentive (that is a definite dream indicator) and the room was quiet except for my voice.

I had covered everything that I wanted to say in 20 minutes. Unfortunately, I was scheduled to lecture for an hour.

Yikes.

My mind raced as I tried to figure out what the heck I was going to talk about for the next 40 minutes.

Fortunately, I woke up before the problem was resolved.

It is funny the messages that we receive in dreams.

For me, the jobs have changed and the opposed risks are much less, but the message is still loud and the same:

Preparation.

No matter the endeavor, success requires preparation, preparation, and more preparation.

I think I have some work to do, and then maybe I'll go back to dreams of running barefoot on a tropical island.
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I hope you all have a good weekend. 

32 comments:

ladyfi said...

Ooo - I hate having those kind of dreams! Dreaming of tropical beaches is far more fun...

Mary Kirkland said...

Dreams have always fascinated me since I've had nightmares darn near every night since I was a little kid.

Kay G. said...

I thought I was the only one who had dreams that I was working!
I can talk you to death but please, don't make me get up in front of people and make a speech, that is just too, too hard to do!

Bijoux said...

My dreams often involve me being late and lost. The funny thing is, in real life, I'm not usually stressed about either of those things.

Pat Hatt said...

I don't have many dreams about work, thankfully, but have a ton about stories and such, so that works for me

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Yikes! Sounds like my old "walking into college classroom and test going on" dream. No fun!! You're right: Prep is everything.

KaitHudson said...

I really enjoyed this post! Glad to see you're still blogging.

Diane Estrella said...

From my very first job at 16 I have had work dreams. My first job was at a department store and I dreamed that I was cashing out pillows for a customer and sure enough I awoke to my pillow being cast down the conveyer belt and onto the floor. Trouble.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I often dream about work - the worst is the dreams where I'm in session and an't for the life of me stay awake!

Carol Kilgore said...

I'd like to be running barefoot on a tropical island about now :)

Happy Weekend!

Lady Lilith said...

Dreams are really funny things to have.

Gail Dixon said...

When my daughter was in college she was always dreaming about being unprepared for class. She graduated cum laude. Maybe the dreams kept her on her toes. I love to dream, but most of mine are so weird.

messymimi said...

Prepare what you can, and enjoy your vacations! That's all anyone can do.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
I hear 'ya man...loud and clear.
I get those dreams about questionings...and I always wake up BEFORE I hear the darn ANSWERS.
But, it sure beats the dreams I used to have about drowning...or falling.

Good post and comments by all.

Roll safe out there.

lisa said...

I used to have a recurring dream that I was in high school (and later in college) and lost my schedule. I had no idea what classes I had taken, where they were or what time to be there! It was really bizarre how many times I had that same dream. To this day, I wonder what it meant!

Stephanie Faris said...

I think it's funny that, as many extreme dangers as you faced in that job, you find public speaking pretty scare like I do!!! I've never faced even a fraction of what you have but I can DEFINITELY relate to your dream!

Slamdunk said...

I appreciate the comments all.

@ KaitHudson: Thanks for stopping by again. It does not seem that long ago when you were writing from Ireland. I hope things are going well for you and that you are still dreaming big!

@Kay G.: I really am better at one-on-one conversations, but after speaking in front of groups all day for a few years now, I think I have gotten better at it.

@ Lisa & Gail: I have a similar dream in that I am a student again and lost my schedule sometimes, did not remember that I was supposed to be attending a class, or forgot to study for a test. It is awful each time.

Gloria Baker said...

Omy Dunk always the dream make me think how our minds always are around of things we dont have idea.
I think be a police is something really hard .have a nice weekend!

Brian Miller said...

we should head what our dreams tell us...it is usually what is prying at our unconscious mind....

CHERIEREVES said...

I always dream about school when I'm on breaks and can relax haha, it sucks :( xx

refrainfromtheidentical.com said...

Love this post! You have such a clever way with words.

I often have dreams. Some are definitely work related and others influenced by something I've seen, heard, or felt. But then there's those that come from a spiritual realm all together different than the rest.

Miranda Hardy said...

My dreams really inspire my creativity because the often make no sense to me.

Nikole Hahn said...

LOL. I tried to stuff a cat in a grocery bag in my dream and awoke to my cat looking at me with an annoyed look and my hand on his back.

BobKat said...

Yes, aren't dreams interesting. I am very conscious of my dreams often while dreaming them - have learned how to "insert myself further" into the dreams over time, though I forget them immediately upon waking. But certain ones stand out and I remember them from years ago... thanks for sharing!

PS... sent you an e-mail a couple days ago.

M Pax said...

I dream about haunted houses a lot. Either that or I can't get where I'm trying to go.

Momma Fargo said...

I still have police dreams. I have now added dreaming about strange things that I can find no connection to...like swimming...and fields of grass that never end and I can't reach the house. How weird is that?

WomanHonorThyself said...

ah yes those cryptic messages we get in dreams!! have a super Labor Day weekend my friend!!

Gloria Baker said...

Are you ok Dunk? I dont see you the last times!

terri said...

I think anxiety is a common contributor to many of our dreams. My dreams, when I remember them, tend to be chaotic and nonsensical, but the typical feeling is fear that I'm failing in some way. Maybe the dreams are just a good release valve for some of our worries. Or maybe they're meant to inspire us to work on strengthening some of our weaknesses.

A Cuban In London said...

I hope you're having a smahing time offline. :-)

Greetings from London.

Janna Qualman said...

I've had some dreams of late that I wish I had a decoder for. None too anxiety-filled, though, thankfully.

I hope the real-life stuff you're dealing with isn't too tough...

When you're back, and if up for playing, I tagged you in a meme on my blog.

Take care, SD!

Brian Miller said...

hey thanks for popping in today...hope life is settling just a bit....