This post is written in response to a challenge offered by Lana of Living with Post Concussion Syndrome. Please take a moment to visit her inspiring blog.
The challenge: What Dreams Are Made Of … For this writing event, share a dream or two that’s had a great effect ~ even after waking.
I always pay attention to my night time dreams. I write them down. Review the more dynamic ones with my therapist to find the meaning and application to my life. The subconscious has a lot to say and I want to know what it is.
There have been a few times in my life ~ when I was at my most distressed, as it happens ~ when my dreams have actually proven to be of some comfort.
The first one I recall occurred when I was 12 years old.
I was staying at my grandmother’s at the time and one night had gone to bed quite distressed. A much anticipated trip to a farm to see horses and make a new friend had been cancelled at the last minute by my second cousin who had arranged the excursion. Her husband wasn’t able to go so they’d decided to postpone and arrange to go another time.
I was grief-stricken, sobbing myself to sleep on the couch that served as my bed for the two months of that summer at granny’s trailer home. Inconsolable, actually. Burdened heavily by my life in survival mode (though I didn’t know it at the time) I looked at the chance to be with horses, and maybe even ride, as an escape from the unhappy circumstances in which I found myself.
During the night, a dream. Nothing elaborate. A simple message. An angel, it seems to me, appeared as an ethereal, comforting presence and a gentle voice spoke the words “everything will be alright.”
The next morning I awoke feeling much better; my heart lighter. I recall getting off the couch and going over to my grandmother, who was making breakfast in the galley kitchen, and telling her about my dream and how I felt that everything would, indeed, be okay.
Within moments the telephone rang. Granny answered. It was for me.
It was my cousin. She had changed her mind. We were going to the farm after all. Her husband could go another time.
To this young distraught girl it was a total miracle. Just as the voice in my dream had spoken, everything was going to be alright.
We did go to the farm. I did spend time with, and ride, the horses. And I met a girl the same age whose friendship I would enjoy until several years later when life got in the way.
It has occurred to me since that my grandmother, realizing how distraught I was by the change of plans, may have called my cousin after I went to bed and asked her to reconsider. And that it might have been her standing over me in the night, the angel that she was, with a reassuring voice telling me everything was going to be okay.
It doesn’t matter how it transpired. I have never forgotten those gentle and oh, so important words ~ words that have comforted, guided and consoled ever since, during times of sorrow, grief, uncertainty and pain. At times that simple message was the only thing I had to hold on to, giving me the strength and the understanding to know that whatever happened I would be fine.
In recent years I have come to admire the supremely talented Canadian singer/songwriter Jacob Moon who, a few years ago, penned a song called, believe it or not, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” When I first heard it I was reduced to tears by its simple melody and moving words. Jacob had put to music the song in my heart. Now whenever I hear it I am moved to remember that moment, long ago, when a simple message comforted the heart of a distraught young girl. Words I continue to lean on as my life unfolds and realize that in my trials I am not alone.
Here’s a link to Jacob Moon performing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” via YouTube. Please take a moment to listen and hear the beautiful words.
Thanks for visiting. And thank you, Lana, for the opportunity to share this special moment from my life …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014
7 thoughts on “A Simple Message”
I had a psych teacher once who said, “Dreams are wish fulfilments.” This certainly seems true in your wonderful dream story.
Thank you. 🙂
Dorothy, this was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. And it’s something to hold onto in challenging moments. I too must remind myself, “everything will be alright”
I know when we’re in the middle of the pain it feels like it will never go away. It seems to me, however, you are tackling this experience with much awareness and that, over time, you will heal and thrive again. My heart goes out to you and I wish you well on this difficult journey. … ((Hugs)) Dorothy
It can be difficult to see amidst the pain but I’m fortunate to hold on to positivity (most of the time) and have such wonderful words of encouragement from other bloggers. Thank you
In my lifetime I’ve had about 5 dreams that have stuck with me and brought great comfort. Thanks for sharing yours with us!
It’s pretty special when our dreams speak so profoundly. You are fortunate. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂