My old friend held a fascinating belief: dreams were the brain’s way of healing itself through “dreamwork.” This sparked his curiosity during our conversations. He’d eagerly ask about my dreams, but unlike others who dissected them, his approach was more introspective.

Most times, my memory offered just fragments, or nothing at all. Occasionally, however, I’d recount a vivid dream, a real “whopper.” My friend would listen intently, rarely offering interpretations. Instead, his comments were simple:”Interesting,” or “That’s very healthy.”

The more unsettling the dream, the healthier my “dreamwork” seemed to him, as if I had control over the content. This sparked a realization: just like dreams, much of life is beyond our control.

His approach to dreams translates beautifully to life’s curveballs. When something unexpected throws you off course,consider his quiet wisdom: “Interesting,” or “How can I make this work for me?” It’s a tall order, perhaps idealistic, but like a vivid dream, it holds the potential for growth. So next time life throws you a curveball, try this approach. You might be surprised at how “healthy” it feels.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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