23 August 2005

For Your Amusement, Part II

I am a lucid dreamer, meaning that when I dream, I'm usually aware of it and can control what happens. If I don't like something, I tell myself to change it. If a situation intrigues me, I tell myself what things are symbolizing. Sometimes, however, I have very transparent dreams.

Last night, I dreamed that I was sitting with a large group of people at picnic tables. There was a building behind us and the sand and ocean stretched out ahead of us. Everyone was having a good time talking and eating. And then a little wave came in...touching the feet of those sitting farthest from the building. A bigger wave came next. And out on the horizon, I could see a huge one rolling in. It must have been twenty feet tall and was quickly headed in our direction. I saw this (I was sitting closest to the building at my table) and told my tablemates that we had to quit eating and run. I made it to the building and up a few flights of stairs to safety. Whew.

Gee, do you think I'm feeling overwhelmed with things these days in real life? About to be crushed by tsunami-proportioned expectations? I have to laugh, because the subconscious brain has such creative ways to communicate with the think-out-loud part that rules the roost during the day. Even if its imagery is a little simple at times.

I told this dream to my Sweetie who noticed the same thing I did: I survived the disaster. So, I must be okay with whatever is rolling my direction. I won't be swept out to sea.

My task today is to prepare for a meeting with the new science hires for our district. I will have about an hour with them tomorrow. There are three, two of which are new to my school. It is possible that there may be another, since we tried to do some hiring yesterday. There are state standards to share with them, the road (tsunami?) ahead for the district, and miscellaneous business items to talk about. I am hopeful for a chance to just chat with them and get to know them. Perhaps they'll have questions and needs of me, and that will be good, too. I like to feel purposeful and I want them to know that I'm here to support their work.

It does take a lot of energy to get a school year up and running. I'm hoping to find a way to harness the power of that wave.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"When life hands you tsunamis, learn to surf."

-- The Wisdom of Surfer Joe