Because I was in graduate school even back then, one student asked me why I had not gotten my PhD yet. I explained that though I had planned to have my dissertation largely finished by the end of the summer that Grandmama’s illness, death, and the emotions surrounding that had made it difficult to get much work done this summer. That combined with the fact that one of my friend’s father suddenly died over the weekend and having dinner with my aunt at Grandmama’s houseTuesday night, all combined to create a waive of emotions as I lay down to try to sleep. I ended up crying myself to sleep as the emotions of the day and the thoughts of never seeing Grandmama again hit me suddenly. I was exhausted physically and emotionally. I’ve been very busy at the school with some additional duties this year, and I am still recovering from my cold making for a tiring day.
As I fell asleep, I dreaded waking up the next morning with the emotionally draining depression that I expected. However, I guess the mind works in mysterious ways and often knows how to heal. I had a dream that night, which is unusual that I remembered it so vividly the next day because I rarely remember my dreams. I dreamed that a dear friend of mine, one who lives far away but that I care deeply for, was traveling to visit me. I remember vividly the details, though odd some of them were. I remember that he flew into to Mobile instead of the closer airport in Montgomery, and that I had given him directions to meet me at an away basketball game for the school which for some very odd reason, I was playing in or maybe I was coaching or something (that part was too odd to be clear). I dreamed that I took him to my family lake house and we had a wonderful time together. I woke up in a much better mood just thinking about him and seeing him. I hope he doesn’t mind that I shared this dream with you, but it gave me such a sense of joy that it greatly lifted me out of the funk I was in when I had gone to bed.
It’s amazing what a good dream and happy thoughts can do for a person’s mental state. It was a wonderful experience, even if it was only a dream. Have you ever had a dream like that which turned your whole mood around?