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Old 07-20-2008, 09:18 PM   #21
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I have two recurring dreams.

In the first, I'm back on my old paper route, except that I realize that I've forgotten to deliver the papers for some time and am wondering how mad my customers are going to be. I suppose this is a variation of the basic responsibility dream.

In the second, I have purchased an enormous old house and am hesitant to explore the furthest reaches - attic and so forth. The details vary somewhat from dream to dream, but the place is always in serious need of expensive repairs and I'm wondering if I was crazy to buy it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:25 AM   #22
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I have yet to have a dream about work, but then I have only been retired 16 months. Work was something I did to meet my responsibilties as spouse and parent. I was very good at what I did, but for the most part, on the way up I viewed my superiors as seriously flawed people more caught up in their own problems than aware of them. In 30 plus years I never had a mentor and only met one person that I thought I could train. In an economic shudder, they laid that person off and he found a much more lucrative career. I suppose that if one could just dream about the joy of leaving such a job, I would enjoy doing that.

The most common theme in my dreams is my ex. Whenever I am in a position where I have to make a serious decision that involves an interaction with another person, her visiting in my sleep lets me know that my subconscious thinks I am going to get raked over the coals. Sometimes I think I must be nuts to let a dream influence a financial decision, but nonetheless, I start looking for the hidden costs.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:29 AM   #23
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When I wor*ed, I would have dreams - very vivid, very negative, and I would remember them when I awoke.

Since I retired I either have one of two conditions:
1. I don't dream.
2. I have less stress, therefore I don't remember them.

Both conditions are much better than my "past" ...

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True that bosses are no fun, but I think it would hard to establish that a person with $2 million and current work skills and a job is not in a more secure and autonomous position than a person with $2 million and no job or current work skills.


I agree with Audrey’s response, even though I understand Ha's perspective.

Having freedom to do what one wants to do, having the self confidence to be able to describe and implement one’s self in terms other than one’s profession… priceless.

Money -- necessary, important, useful -- but not everything that life is made of, and not everything that life needs to be measured by.

RE: the dreams -- We owned a restaurant for a decade. These were some of the most stressful years of my life. The financial responsibility was enormous and the hours were long.

These days, I still have what I call my ‘restaurant dreams’ and they only come when I am stressed. Doesn’t matter what triggers the stress, my psyche responds by having a ‘restaurant dream.’ I have them less often, but they are always an accurate barometer of current pressure in my life.

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Old 07-29-2008, 03:05 PM   #25
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We owned a restaurant for a decade. These were some of the most stressful years of my life. The financial responsibility was enormous and the hours were long.
Been there - done that (as a "family" business) ...

I'll be quite graphic in my opinion (it really sucked!)

Can't say more than that ...

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:12 PM   #26
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2-3 nights ago I had a dream that had something to do with stamps.. wierd decades-old stamps that were given to me by an ancient deaf aunt (really existed, no blood relation).. I was supposed to apply the stamps according to the odd postal codes on a series of letters she instructed me to mail on her behalf, but I had no idea, really, how to do so. The stamps were incomprehensible and unrecognizable, a mixture of "Italian" in lire, not euro.. and Belgian or Swiss or something. I trotted off and got semi-waylaid/high-jacked by a nice American tourist lady who offered me a lift as her husband was coming by. I panicked inside their spacious air-conditioned and carpeted minivan as it went though unrecognizable tunnels and over unfamiliar ramps. I had to get to the post office! They graciously dropped me off at a Parisian-looking (but "Italian") subway station. I figured the gals at the bar there could help me with my weird stamp problem. I had no purse, cash, or phone. They started helping me figure what they thought was the value of each obsolete stamp in a type of lined account book.

It all devolved from there and I don't remember the rest.

This was really my dream and I don't think you need to have studied much psychology to decipher it. Anyone who has followed some of my posts should see:

• stamps => currency => varied, irrational and possibly useless tokens of value
• American minivan "nest" = comfortable and fast, but sterile and not going anywhere I want to go
• a possible way to "get by" = relying on unconventional structures (the bar girls vs. the Post Office). They were neither extraordinarily friendly nor extraordinarily unfriendly.

LG4NB, I wonder if you are watching this thread.
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:03 AM   #27
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I just had a dream where the family was vacationing in "Nords". Nords as none of you know, is a small country on the Horn of Africa. It is filled with red dirt roads, which is no big deal except for the other cool fact about Nords. Nords is 10' below sea level and surrounded by plexiglass dikes, so you can look up and see the ocean. Unfortunately, the dikes leak every few which cause very exciting flash floods on the red dirt roads.

I am not sure of the hidden meaning other than Nords is a submariner and he is the only forum member I've met in real life.
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We owned a restaurant for a decade. These were some of the most stressful years of my life. The financial responsibility was enormous and the hours were long

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Been there - done that (as a "family" business) I'll be quite graphic in my opinion (it really sucked!)
Yeah, then you completely understand that these are my ‘stress dreams’ even today! thanks, rs0460a!

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