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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Daydreams and Nightmares

Like many, I have been prone to considering what my life would have been like had I chosen a different path. I suppose we all think about the moments when we made pivotal decisions that affected our lives for years.

As I look back, I can see where a lot of these decisions were the result of daydreaming which in some cases, led to nightmares.

You see, “daydreams and nightmares” both exist in our minds and hearts and find their way into our reality when we follow them or run from them.

The truth is, most of us are constantly daydreaming about life, the past, the present and the future.

While there is nothing wrong with this, we do need to realize, daydreaming can lead us to moving too soon or not at all as we spend our time thinking instead of doing. On the other side of these tendencies, is the reality of the nightmares that can come from the decisions and choices we make, or fail to make, as we dream instead of facing reality.

Regardless, “daydreams and nightmares” are always close at hand. The question is will we continue to dream, or will we become paralyzed by the fears the unknown can bring?

My hope is we can find a way to move forward as we realize we can benefit from both our “daydreams and nightmares”.

How is this possible? It is possible because both can be used to lead us forward when needed, and to cause us to hesitate when we should proceed with caution.

If this is true, is it possible both are for our benefit and both can become real and life changing?

What if we reflected on the possibilities associated with our daydreams before becoming fixated on them and following them without thinking. In the same way, what if we learned to use our nightmares as a warning to keep us from making a huge mistake, or at least learn to consider them strongly before we decide on something we may later regret.

I believe it is possible, “daydreams and nightmares” may be windows provided to us to teach us and to help us before we move forward.

I know often in my life, if I am thinking about something whether in a daydream or a nightmare, it tends to happen. I do not believe this is by accident.

The irony is, even though I know this is true, I still tend to move forward with the same attitude I see in many. An attitude that says, well, even though this feels like it may not be the best thing to do, the potential reward is greater than the risk if it works out.

The only problem with this is, once this decision is made, we must live with the consequence should our dream turn into a nightmare.

The moral is, when you find yourself daydreaming of the possibilities associated with your impending choices, and you will, just make sure you don’t ignore the possibility the nightmares you are having concerning those choices may be real!

Job 13:14-18, “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword”.

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