NaBloPoMo Day 8 – A chance to not dream?

This is a blogging prompt with an interesting twist:

If you could be given the option to never sleep and also never be tired, would you take it if it meant you’d also never dream again?

Good question. the short answer is, “NO.”

Why? Because even though sometimes it is hard to get enough sleep, to not have the time and space to dream and let the possibilities run wild would be sad. Not to mention unhealthy.

There are times that I think I “have to” stay up and do a task or complete a project. Most of the time, I make a choice to forgo sleep and tackle whatever it is that keeps me awake. More often than not, it’s just my normal circadian rhythm wanting me to be a night owl. (The exception, of course, was when I was in seminary or CPE and had something due at 8 a.m. Then sleep truly was optional!)

So what does dreaming have to do with giving energy? I think it is the empowering process of our hopes and goals. It takes a step beyond the “here and now” to the “maybe” — and that in itself is healthy, when kept in balance. Dreaming allows you to shoot for a new goal. It makes you try something new. And since I believe in a God who renews Covenant Love every morning, dreaming is an intricate part of my faith.

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Lamentations 3:22-24
Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I’ll wait for him.

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