The Path of a Teacher

My motive in this post is simple – to ask readers how closely a recent dream describes their career path.

My motive in this post is simple – to ask readers how closely a recent dream describes their career path.

In the dream I was hiking through some hills outside Silver City, New Mexico. The valley floor floor was rocky and overgrown and difficult to pass. Looking up the steep slope to my right, I saw that a wide path had been cut that ran parallel to the valley. As I clambered up the slope each step required extra effort because my feet kept sinking into the soft soil.

Nonetheless, the effort was worth it; once I made the path, I was on easy street. But little by little, the path began to narrow and become less maintained. Then it became little more than trampled vegetation. Then it became intermittent, with unimproved sections of hillside separating whatever remained of the path.

Finally, all remnants of the once easy way were gone.

I looked around in all directions and saw that farther up the slope there was another path. This one wasn’t easy to get to and led to the top of the hill instead of paralleling the valley. Since I was curious about the view from the top – particularly what lay on the other side of the hill – I headed up.

It was a struggle to get to the new path. But once I made it, things got easier, even thought it was still a climb. When I neared the top, I saw that the crest was impeded by an overhang that was the most difficult obstacle yet.

I debated whether it was worth the effort and risk to try to surmount the overhang, particularly when I had no idea what lay beyond.

I made my decision and woke up.

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