Whew. Thank goodness it was only a nightmare. The last thing I remember before waking was “Oh my God! I hope this is only a dream!”
I was utterly captivated by an irresistible tiny pink kitten that curled and wound herself around my legs begging to be taken home. Whoever heard of a pink cat—one that occasionally changed colors into blue or white? Hmm. Chameleon cat. I should have known that something was a little off. Beware the bizarre. Weirdness notwithstanding, I took her home and named her Pinky.
Once home, I watched in horror as she quickly morphed into a vicious, terrifying predator with me in sight as her target. She lunged at me and tore the bow off my black strappy dress-up sandals while they were still on my feet. Then she sank her teeth into my derriere and refused to let go. Maybe she was jealous of my sexy sandals. Who knows? Why was I wearing dressy sexy shoes in my casual dream world, anyway, but hey—it’s only dream, right?
Worse than the teeth sunk into my flesh was the sudden realization that I had abandoned my dear sweet, gentle, loyal, loving, trustworthy, safe, obedient dog Charlie in favor of a pink panther terrorist that had pulled a nasty bait-and-switch con job on me. What kind of awful person would ever do such a dreadful thing to a dearly beloved pet? I was heartbroken and horrified. Try as I might, I just couldn’t seem to find a way to unlock the jaws of the panther or get Charlie back.
Somewhere between trying to clean up my nasty wound and regretting my actions about Charlie, I woke up to the realization that it was only a dream, thank goodness, and I breathed a great sigh of blessed relief to see Charlie lying peacefully next to me in the bed. It gives a whole new meaning to “Sorry, Charlie!”
I wonder what in the world ever brought such a nightmare upon me. Did I need to have a mirror held up to my face to show me aspects of myself that I’d prefer not to see? Is there a vicious ego named Pinky hiding out inside waiting for the first moment of weakness for an opportunity to attack?
Oh but wait—what about Charlie, the gentle, trustworthy loving companion, adorable in spite of his quirky little ways? Charlie, the abandoned? Charlie, the loyal friend of many years from whom I walked away, lured by the seduction of a temptress with a cunning plan to trick me into selling my soul to the devil
Well, watch out Pinky devil. Here comes Charlie Angel to save me from your wily ways. I know who you are. Your name is ego and your game is fear. You think you can con me into believing that you’re my best friend, but in reality, you are my worst enemy. Oh, I might believe you for a minute or so, but eventually, I’ll wise up and figure you out. You’re very good at your act, but I’m not buying it. If it ever comes down to a battle for my soul, trust me, Charlie and I will win because we fight on the side of love, and because we know that fear is only something that we make up in the nightmare of our minds. Love trumps fear and love always wins in the end.
Perhaps when I close my eyes for the final time, I will wake up, look back and realize that it was all only a dream. Or a nightmare, depending upon which side I have chosen to live. Clearly, the choice between Pinky and Charlie, is a no brainer.
C’mon Charlie. Let’s go out hand in paw and have ourselves a nice, peaceful little walk. I won’t leave you again, I promise. Ever.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).