A few nights ago, I had a dream about a ship that resembled something one might see in a steampunk setting. One row of windows about the size of a shoebox stretched evenly across the length of the dark gray metal. The ship eased to a stop as it docked at an open field where a gentle breeze tossed flowers of every color and tall green grass, like wispy feathers.
Everyone lined up at the exit waiting their turn to escape the dismal floating city. The Captain and his guards stood behind a table at the exit. Before anyone stepped off the ship, they had to select which color-glazed pastry would decide their attitude and behavior that would rule the day.
The ones who selected blue icing chose happiness, pink for being carefree, yellow for a spirited day, red for daring, gray for gloomy, black for depression, and swirls for indecisiveness. The colors were endless. I leaned away from the black and gray icing piled high, knowing violence and rebellion followed those who made that choice.
Stepping into the freedom of fresh air, I ran through the open field with my arms opened wide, thankful for selecting a blue doughnut.
In the silliness of my dream, I thought about how our choices play a monster roll in the way we see ourselves and behave. Some days hit us like a slap in the face as trials and circumstances trespass onto our turf and hold us hostage. How often do we hit the emotional pause button for an evaluation of what our reaction should be or succumb to the “come what may” attitude?
Life is full of choices, and those choices include attitudes and behaviors. Roses are beautiful, but their thorns hurt. We still sniff their delightful fragrance while using caution handling them. Each day we wake up, breathing in the freshness of a new day. Though thorns of people’s bad choices may prick and hurt, love anyway, and let happiness and peace reign.
Do you have dreams that are thought-provoking? Life-changing? Spiritual? I’d love for you to share them in the comments.
Loretta Eidson is an award-winning author who loves writing romantic suspense. She is agented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Loretta is a member of ACFW, BRMCWC, RWA, SinC, and HACWN. She loves chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Loretta lives in Mississippi with her husband, Ken, a retired Police Captain.