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January 7, 2011

I can’t write this morning.

I woke up from a bad dream.  I usually don’t remember my dreams, but today I did and it’s one of those that hangs there and lingers in my mind as I shake the slumber from my sleepy head.  Here’s what happened….

I was floating on a river and suddenly a huge brown bear surfaced.  He began chasing me.  I was frantic and ran out of the water, up a hill, and toward a house.  He was right on my heels at first, but I eventually outran him.  The next thing I know, I’m in the house with my family and spot a tornado outside the window.  It was headed our direction.  I grab my daughter and my mother and suddenly we are swept out the window and up into the funnel.  We’re screaming and hanging on to each other.  Finally, we’re set gently back down in a field.

Then my alarm went off.

I don’t know what to make of this, or even if it means something.  What do you think?  Now’s your chance to play dream analyst or psychologist and tell me.  What is the dream telling me?  Do you remember your dreams and if so, do you think it has anything to do with your waking life?

Tell me in the comments or just share your worst nightmare. At least that will get my mind off my own dream.


  • Nightmares can certainly stay with us long after we’ve woken up…I’ve certainly had my share. A Nurse Executive once told me I had “terminal happiness” and here’s where that characterization of me comes in when analyzing your dream. Not only can you outswim and outrun bears, you can also fly through violent storms and land safely. I’d say you have superpowers Trish! All that action and no harm done. Awesome.

    • @Jay- Thank you for that. You just made me feel much better. I’m interpreting it as I must be overwhelmed about something. I like the idea that I can outrun it and keep ahead. It sure was nice landing peacefully in that field. Maybe I’m telling myself that if I work hard that’s where I’ll end up. Happy Friday Jay.

  • The intensity of your dream and the fact that you remember is so vividly indicates to me that there is something here for you. It seems like you feel something is threatening you and your loved ones. Like Jay said, the good news is you navigated through the storm to greener pastures.

  • I think it means your alarm clock and dreams are in perfect sync. What if your alarm clock had gone off just a few minutes earlier? What a horrible feeling~

    I agree with the previous comments. There is something threatening that you feel powerless over, but in the end you will be triumphant.

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