The Dream of Drowning

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The Dream of Drowning


I awoke early this morning again, in a pool of… I struggle to consciousness from an apparent deep sleep.  Where was I? What was I doing again?  I notice that I am covered with sweat.  Ah, it must have been a dream. Or was it?  As I begin to pull myself from my slumber, I remember I was in a vast pool of water, drowning.  Or was I simply struggling to breathe?  I allow that thought to wonder through my brain, breathing under water?  Could that be possible?  Then my then fully conscious mind moves to from the dream to the symbolism this dream represents in my “awaken” life.  When do I think I am underwater?  How do I feel when I am there? Do I struggle to get out? Do fight with everything I have to get back to dry land? (a place of seeming in control and safety?)   Underwater or Feeling like I am underwater…  Where are the differences?  Are they any, differences, really?  Do I react in the same way?

So as the gentle light of the sunrise moves me from darkness to light, I begin to understand.  Perhaps all I need are different eyes to see and gills to breathe.  Realizing that being underwater and on land can be the exact same thing, if I were equipped with gills. So in the gentle light of day, I discover that I have both gills and lungs, everything that I need to live in either place.  With that knowledge, I completely understand when I find myself in situations that feel as if I am drowning, I know I have all that I need to be ok.  And the first step to relax and breathe.  From there it is easy, for I am home.

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Bonnie Canal

Bonnie Canal, MBCP is an internationally recognized leader in both community and business resilience innovations and strategies. This is achieved by engaging the entire business’s entire organization and with a keen focus on the key leadership personnel.Bonnie has over 30 years’ experience the Information Technology Sector with the last 12 specializing in Business Resilience.

Bonnie was inducted into the Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society at St. John’s University, New York City for her work in Business Resilience.

Bonnie is Past Chair of the Association of Contingency Planners where she served for 6 years.

She is a proud native of New Orleans and has experienced what she calls, “The Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, and BP Oil Spill” disasters first hand. She has had to learn how being resilience leaders and businesses to increased performance, achieve stronger relationships, and build mental toughness that we all need in today’s ever increasing busy world.
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