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Joy: From the Ground Up

Dreaming to Wake April 19, 2013

I woke up this morning and I didn’t feel like myself. I felt taller. I felt stronger. Best of all, one of my most insane dreams in life came to life. I could speak human. I looked in the mirror and it all came together. I was my forever dad. Maybe I dreamed too much last night about my forever parents switching places. Maybe this too is a dream. Or is it?

While I would usually sleep my way through the majority of the morning, today the alarm woke me up. I got in the shower (the shower!) and washed myself, which is something I’ve only ever done with my tongue. Not to mention my dislike for the shower, in addition to being awake so early. I got dressed in something other than my doggie Packer jersey and drove the car to that place they call work. What an experience that was! While I’m not that big a fan of being dressed (or wearing shoes!), I do love car rides and somehow the driving came pretty naturally.

At this point in the day I was pretty darned hyped up to be living this new life. I was finally able to tell my forever mom how much I loved her before I left, drive a car (which is one of my biggest doggie wishes) and now I was discovering what this place called work was like! It must be exciting for my dad to be gone at this place for five days a week. I met all the people I’ve heard him talk about, and only my dad’s friend Kyle mentioned that I’d forgotten to zip up my pants. (Can you blame me, if I’ve never worn pants before?)

That’s when things took a turn for the worst. I went to my dad’s desk where there were two computer screens looking at me. I kind of remember mom saying something about him being some sort of engineer and wondering what that meant. Well, not only do I know absolutely nothing about engineering, I had no idea what to say to the computers. I’ve obviously done my fair share of blogging, but this was definitely new to me. The minutes ticked by, turning into hours, and I couldn’t believe how long the day felt. And here I’d thought my days of naps were so long because I wasn’t with my people? This was far worse. I found myself wondering how long this bizarre situation would last. Would I ever be me again? Fast AsleepFeeling Sleepy

Indeed, I would be me again. In fact, I was me all along. The rustling of the mailman coming by with the mail this afternoon woke me from what might have been one of the deepest sleeps I’ve had recently. it seems I was somehow dreaming within a dream.

Today made me realize there’s this thing about dreams. Regardless of when they happen (awake or asleep), they teach us something about what we’re really thinking. Best known for his thoughts on personality theories and psychological archetypes, psychologist Carl Jung laid foundations for what would become analytical psychology. I may not be that big a fan of this particular facet of thinking, but I do agree with his thought that he “who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

I can’t say for sure whether I was looking outside or inside in my dream. What I do know is that I have a newfound respect for my dad and his place called work. I now know it’s nothing I could do every day, but I respect him that much more for what he does. Somehow for me, my dreams have woke me up to a whole new world of perspective and appreciation for my blessings in life.

 

6 Responses to “Dreaming to Wake”

  1. You had a dream and a half, Dude! Thank goodness your dad goes to work instead of you!

  2. finnhoward Says:

    Great post today, great post. Hope you guys have a good day!

  3. I wish I could drive a car too … I’m sure I could, but my staff said it’s not allowed…. do you have an idea how I could reach the pulldown pedals (I’m afraid my legs are too short)?

  4. Lyn Says:

    While some dreams can be fun – I’ve woken in the middle of a few and written them down because they were such great story ideas – others can be complete nightmares. I’m glad you were dreaming in a dream, Wiles, because I’d hate to think of you drinking coffee at your Dad’s work. Caffeine is not conducive to calm sleep. And on top of that, I can’t think of you as anyone else but Wiley the Wise xx

    • I do know what you mean about the nightmares…they happen to me every now and then too. I always know because mom or dad wake me up to stop me from whimpering and grunting in my sleep. I can’t imagine what caffeine would do to my system as I’m already a fairly energetic presence. Thank goodness I woke up from that particular dream, hey? Ps-I like that Wiley the Wise nickname. 😉

  5. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Ever have a weird dream? I have them a lot.


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