Dream: I am standing on my porch, it is evening, and I am regarding a box of vintage glass beads, running my finger through them to admire their colors and shapes. I fumble the box and it tumbles, spilling beads all over the boards of the porch. I bend down to gather them back into the box when I look up to see the landscape around me.
Directly in front of me is a leopard, or tiger, I can’t tell. It is big and fierce, and very close. Behind this animal the hills that surround my house are on fire. Ashes are raining down. A mudslide/flood is streaming down one of the hillsides, and flaming meteors are falling from the sky. I look back down at the beads and start picking them up.
At first I thought this dream was about focusing on minutia when much bigger things demanded attention. But after some thought, I think it means: despite the gigantic scary things we see all around us, we need to take care of the doable problems right in front of us, and not get overwhelmed. By taking care of the little things we can do, the bigger things become smaller.
What do you think?
Spilled Beads is 24″ x 18″ x 2″ oil on wood and is available.