Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blogging in Dreams

Have you ever dreamed about blogging?

No?

Well, then I guess I am the only crazy one who composes them while I sleep! HA Seriously though, I was dreaming about the posts, what I was writing - and you know, they were some pretty good ideas...too bad I can't remember them this morning. I guess the context is more than the the actual content.

I'm wondering if perhaps that is the message I was supposed to take away from it [the dream], the message that while content is important to the overall picture, the context in which it is displayed or presented has a bigger impact.

Dictionary.com defines both as:

con·text
the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc.

con·tent
something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts

I bring this up primarily because I have been re-evaluating my career path. I started out many years ago headed down a path in communication. I started college and began working towards this, but alas life took a different turn and I gave up school for another trade. Although, I was still interested in communications, that was sadly not an option (they said my skill set in another area was stronger) so I ventured a new route into electronics and computers. I've since spent many years perfecting this ability all the while nurturing my personal love of communications.

I do what I do because I enjoy it - I don't however see myself in my 'life long career' at this moment. I don't believe my skills have been a waste and do not want to give them up, but still I search for something else to use them with. To this effect...my skills would be my content and my job would be its context. If I change the 'context' then the content is likely to have a different meaning, even though it is still essentially the same.

According to Dr. Patricia Garfield(dream expert), she states one belief of why we dream is "The current thinking is that dreaming is an important component of memory and that we do know that when people are learning new things, they take a language immersion course, for example, dreaming literally increases." Based on this way of thinking, it is possible that the energy that I've been putting into a few alternate career options, is trying to sort itself out and make sense of the new information I am processing.

I'm sure there are many explanations of why this could have happened (perhaps this is the beginning signs I've finally fallen off my rocker) who knows. What I do know, is that while I don't remember the specifics of the dreams I had, I did wake up feeling refreshed and re-energized with a vague sense of direction in my personal life.

Have you ever had a dream 'guide' you in your daily life?

5 comments:

Semi-Charmed Wife said...

This was SO GOOD--the content versus context metaphor was very apt. I love it!

As for dreams, I don't know that I've ever had one guide my daily life, but I've definitely been influenced by them. I just wish I remembered more of my dreams...

Kim said...

I used to try to follow my dreams path.. and see if there was bigger meaning behind them all. But now, I try to just enjoy them. I am lucky that I am a lucid dreamer and normally can manipulate the dreams ending.. :)

JIC- Kimmylyn

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I love trying to think of the meanings of dreams. I've never really followed a path from them, but the other night I had a long, detailed dream about a friend of mine who I haven't seen in a while, and I keep meaning to call her.

Kellan said...

I am not a believer in that dreams parallel our real lives. I think they do channel anxiety and it comes out in our dreams - but I just don't believe they predict our lives - you know. I think they are there to entertain us - a relief from our real life.

Hope you had a good day - take care - Kellan

Jojo said...

Kim and I both in the lucid dream thing. Sometimes when I have a really good dream, I can make myself dream the sequel the next night. One time when I had a really bad break-up, I dreamed that my ex had come over and FINALLY apologized for being an ass, we had a long talk, etc. and when I woke up, I finally felt like I had closure.