I’m not sure if I can call this post an example of my creative writing potential or not, because it isn’t completely made up. But it’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill post about exciting new business trends.
“I had a really odd dream last night.” We’ve all said that a time or three, right? Dreaming is something almost everyone does. There are unlimited ways to react. Was it a prophecy, a hidden desire, or a digestive reaction to those loaded chili dogs you had for dinner last night?
As I read the Bible, I am always fascinated by the prophet Daniel as well as Joseph, son of Jacob. These were the two greatest dream interpreters that ever lived. So when I have a particularly noteworthy dream – such as last night – it can be fun to imagine the possibilities, if not outright laughing at myself for what I concocted while unconscious.
I was back in the corporate life. The building I was entering to start the workday was about as high-end as you could get. The bathrooms all had carpet-covered toilets. I think the company was in banking or finance. I saw a couple of former Duke Energy colleagues on the way to my desk and chatted with them.
And then… I couldn’t find my desk.
I was wandering through the open, low-wall cube farm, not knowing where to go. “How could I forget where my desk is after one weekend?” So apparently this was taking place on a Monday morning. At this point, another former co-worker arrived on scene, one that I was particularly close friends with. She wanted to complement me on the very nice suit I was wearing. She also wanted to know why I wasn’t wearing any shoes.
Yep, I was dressed to the 9s, but with bare feet.
“I know, it looks strange,” I said. “The funny thing is, I didn’t realize I had no shoes on until I was just about to enter the building. I rode the bus and never realized I didn’t have any shoes on. Outside the building, I felt a little something on the sidewalk and that’s when I noticed. I went into the restroom to see if I had shoes in my backpack. No such luck.”
“You sure do know how to shake things up,” my friend replied through chuckling. “And what are you doing right now?”
“Trying to find my desk,” I sheepishly said. “I can’t remember where it is.”
“Isn’t that your manager over there? Why don’t you just ask her?”
“That might be a bit embarrassing, wouldn’t it?”
“More embarrassing than that bangin’ suit and bare feet?”
And then I woke up. WHERE ARE JOSEPH AND DANIEL WHEN I NEED THEM?
The one part of this dream that has no basis in reality is me being worried what the boss would think of me for not remembering where my desk is. I stopped caring what other people think of me years ago. Life’s too short for that nonsense. But forgetting to put on shoes and not noticing, even after being in public for an hour? That sounds like some mess I might do to myself.
Have you had a particularly strange dream? Feel free to share in the comments. I’m sure it’s not as goofy as mine.