Two Dreams

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Two nights in a row I had two  different dreams that were a little bit disconcerting. I don’t usually put a lot of significance on things of that nature, but when I look through the Old Testament (or any religion), they all place importance on dreams. As I read through successful biographies about writers, inventors, artists, and people who have overcome great challenges to achieve their huge goals – they all started with a dream.

Two dreams – two nights in a row…I’m not sure how to process those dreams except to lift them up in prayer. Both dreams have to do with immediate family and relationships. Our greatest adventure seems to be how to handle our family and our interactions with one another. When I look back and see the interference with family members that were already challenged by distance, it is discouraging. When I surmise that gossip is the chatter that surrounds the dinner table of those long-distance relationships, it is also discouraging. People tend to believe what they are fed, even if it is a gross caricature of a person’s true intentions or actions. If you watch some form of entertainment media and hit shows that are on the air today; gross caricatures and nasty gossip seem to be the winning formula that brings in the sponsors and industry awards. At times, that formula appears to move in that same combination within families.
Two dreams – two nights in a row. Neither dream was bad, but taken together they require quiet reflection. Perhaps the world would be a better place if we handled all our misunderstandings in that manner.

Noise

 

 

I was astonished at how little it took for me to become irritated and exhausted while walking through a loud, populated city. The noise was beyond what I was used to and I had to wear ear buds just to keep my focus away from all the clamor. I hoped to find a quiet atmosphere in the park, in the middle of the city,  but it was almost as loud with all the music and videos streaming on people’s devices.  It struck me that people might be afraid to walk around without noise emanating from them and surrounding them.  The movie, A Quiet Place directed by John Krasinski,  had not been released yet. The noise was a huge distraction.

Early on in the trip, my energy was wasted on trying to find calming atmospheres instead of refreshing myself creatively.  I eventually ended up spending most of my time in the museums which was a happy bonus in so many ways.

In the article, “Four Secrets to Creativity” in Psychology Today, Mary Diduch writes, “A bit of background noise can enhance creativity, reports a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research. But don’t blast the television just yet: Too much noise impairs our ability to process information. To promote abstract thinking, we need just the right amount of distraction—about the volume level you would find in a café.”

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

~Aldous Huxley