Sweet Nightmares

Attributed to: cssdelicious.com

Like clockwork, I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and crying; it has been like this for several years. When I lie down, I know that it’s my fate—I will see the man that haunts my dreams.

The dream:

I’m sitting in my car waiting for the light to turn green when I notice a man following me. Nervous and afraid, I speed off and leave him at the light. However, a few minutes later, he’s back again in my rear view mirror. I can’t shake him. My car twists and turns with every corner, but he’s relentless—he’s hot on my trail. “Why is he singling me out? Out of all the men and women in the world, why does he chase after me?” I’m not sure of the reason why, but I’m never slowing down for him to catch up with me. “Uh oh!”  Flat tire. Now, I have no choice; I slow down and meet the man who’s been after me.

I stop the car and bracing myself, I take a long, deep breath and get out of the car. Shortly after, he gets out too. As there is a thick fog overlying our meeting ground, I can barely see him, only a faint silhouette. I stand completely still as he begins to walk forward.  In a matter of seconds, the distance between us no longer exists. Here we are, the two of us, staring straight into each other’s eyes. He’s smiling, but tears begin to well up in my eyes and gently roll down my face. I realize that I know this man. I am ashamed.

End dream—

I wish this dream were really a dream, but it isn’t. The man that chases after me is named Responsibility. He sees me, pursues me, and calls out my name, even though I feel unworthy and undeserving of his attention. “Why do I have to be the one who sacrifices? Why me?” But, out of all the questions and insecurities, the truth is that whether I chose him or not, he [Responsibility] has chosen me.

Have you been running from Responsibility too? Or perhaps his family—Social, Moral or Professional Responsibility? If you have, now is the time to get to know them and embrace them in your life. Move forward!


Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.  ~Ivern Ball

Even when we know what is right, too often we fail to act.  More often we grab greedily for the day, letting tomorrow bring what it will, putting off the unpleasant and unpopular.  ~Bernard M. Baruch



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14 responses to “Sweet Nightmares

  1. Ms. Moe

    Girlfriend! This is awesome! Face your fears and you will continue to grow. You were born with everything that you need to meet the challenges that you face. You got this!

  2. This is a nice little tale to tell kids as a “good-night story” …
    You quite right Lakia: responsibility shall be taken very seriously… specially nowadays, since too many insensibility and hate is just around the corner! I write as well many tales or novels about love and care about Nature, populace and animals… Is important to keep moving that way a life long…
    Serenity :-)claudine

  3. Thanks for the visit. For a moment your dream scared me. I thought somebody is stalking you. I have the same dream though. responsibility is such a nightmare. The big world out there can be tough and unforgiving. But take one step/task/commitment at a time. Soon the nightmare goes away.Good luck.

  4. dream56

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  5. I thought that was a real dream! Looks like what you are running away from is never as bad as you think it’s going to be!! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. @Ms. Moe– thank you so much for the encouragement
    @Claudine– thanks!! Now you got me thinking lol
    @theislandtraveler–LOL! Nope! Just my imagination hehehe
    @dream56– thanks for sharing
    @foodblog–LOL everyone says the same thing. Nope, not a real dream, only my creativity lol

    Thank you everyone for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  7. “The man that chases after me is named Responsibility.” I wish there was a way to make that man go away.

  8. Love this post,sometimes i have the same feeling like your dream,i don’t think it’s a nightmare.

  9. shekia gordon

    Hey cuzz, that was soooo good. Its so true about responsibility
    So many people do run from it. Whats really funny is im just
    Reading ur blog but I was feeling this way about someone at
    Work with a high title within the company but keeps running from it and wont admit to it. Again, keep foing what u do cause ur good at it. LOVE U

  10. Very inspirational. I think many people have trouble with responsibility and in some ways it’s easier to turn and walk the other way than to face it. Great quotes!

  11. @goodbye–thanks for your comments, I really appreciate your comments 🙂
    @Candice–Nope, it’s not really a nightmare, but some people really believe it is when he’s knocking at the door 🙂 I know I did, but now I don’t.
    @shekia– Love you too! Thanks so much for coming by and showing me some love, it’s great to have your family’s support.
    @Selma– I agree! It’s easier to turn and walk away, but some day we are going to have to face what we’re really supposed to be doing! Glad you liked the quotes– quotegarden.com

  12. Turn around and look responsibility straight in the eye – he’s not so scary then. Someone once said to me that if you break down the word “responsible” it means “able to respond.” I don’t know how true that is, but it makes sense to me. It also means it doesn’t feel like such a heavy burden. If you can respond positively to a situation, you become the architect of change.

    Mind you, having said all that, I’m still a work in progress, but I’m getting there!

  13. You are one good writer – have you considered publishing something? I would suggest you try writing something and getting it on the Amazon Kindle market. I wish I had your writing skill 🙂

  14. @pien– Thanks so much! I did and I’m loving life! Thanks so much for your kind words.

    @Helen– Wow, thank you so much!! I actually finished my first book and it will be available November 11th–it’s a self help. Creative writing is what I really love and will be releasing a short fiction next year sometime. Please stop by again 🙂 Ps: You’re probably an excellent writer; just believe in yourself! I will def stop by to read your material too!

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