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Do you ever stop to think?

Updated on February 24, 2014

I'm sure my cat's brain works much the same as mine.


Do you ever stop to think?

Do you ever stop to think

of the missing steps you've taken,

from the time you went to sleep

to when you reawaken?

A missing state of existence

one known as "dream state",

from when we finally sleep and

rouse again "too late".

What path my last sleep journey?

What language did I speak?

My wife flies in her sleep travels,

while I long footpaths keep.

The stress of old paths journeyed,

retraced in some night's sleep,

refreshed and still so stressful.

with anxieties oh so deep.

Where are we in such moments,

some remembered, some soon forgot?

Who loaned my brain to work so?

I surely, most certainly did not.

Oh, pleasanter ones there've been,

and welcomed ones at that,

reflected on less often,

without a fight or spat.

My mind does seem to wander

at night when I'm asleep.

It seems to like to ponder

such things both light and deep.

It causes me to ponder:

"Where to tonight in sleep?".


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

What stopping to think gave me:

I have come to the conclusion over the years that our brains marvelously attempt to "tie up loose ends".

In its interrupted moments some thoughts remained incompleted.

The brain is a marvelous organizer, but what does it do with such disjointed moments?

In its quest for order it puts such moments together in the best order it can, even if in a wakened state that "fashioned finale" would seem nonsense.

In combat such moments are piled on top of each other with no time to be completed thoughts because the rush of other thoughts took priority.

In a long combat deployment which can include so many deeply stressful incidents, accompanied by quick awakenings and disrupted sleep, the mind grows overloaded while struggling to, in effect, wipe the slate clean with imagined, acceptable solutions.

At one time in life I was a restaurant owner, and as with any walk of life, owning and operating a restaurant had its own stresses, interruptions, and immediate demands.

While not at all like those of combat, there were moments when even put on full throttle the brain could fashion no fully satisfying solution for the stresses which arose.

In so-called "restless sleep" and "nightmares" the mind still revisits those moments, seeking order and solutions. It tries crazy combinations that to a wakeful mind lack rhyme and reason.

It's how our brains are designed to help us so that the next time we are faced with "fight or flight" situations we can have solutions to draw on.

Why does my wife always fly in her dreams? I don't know for sure, but I can guess that it might somehow be connected with her mother having died in a plane crash. Her mind could be "willing" that the mother's death had never occurred, that flying she could have rescued one of the dearest persons in her life.

Why did I kick her in my sleep last night? I have no idea, for, if I was dreaming, the dream was interrupted by her asking me why I did.


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Note: This is one of seven or more "Heaven Knows" short stories you can enjoy here on HubPages. If they don't bring a chuckle, they may at least make you think about Heaven.

Mau-Mau [it means "terrorist"] our cat.

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    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      I find I dream less these days and can't recall any in particular from the past few months. However, I do tend to dream when I stay away from home; maybe my brain is working on a new situation - or a new story!?


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      Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Now. for all who commented before, how many dreams have taken place in the past two years, and do you vividly recall any one of them?

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks. Imagine what it will be like in Heaven when we have perfect recall, let's hope our brains have had time to throw out the chaff!

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved your personal notes of thinking, while typing it all down so it would shape into a hub. Our minds are like files in a computer. Every detail to the second is stored away and at night while we sleep an automatic defrag happens.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - Mau-Mau has caught on to putting a paw over his eyes when he sleeps in the daytime, surely in order to get a deeper sleep.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Love your cat and his name. Sleep I think subconsciously triggers a lot of things. I've even woken up because I screamed in my sleep but I actually didn't scream out loud. You made me suspicious of what our cat is dreaming about lately because his latest sleep pose includes one paw slightly up like in a fist and Sid has large paws. lol

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      April Reynolds - It is also amazing how our brains play a role in our getting to sleep.

      aviannovice - I agree, and thanks for your most recent Hub, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Makes sense. Our disjointed thoughts have to be sent somewhere, so why not out in a dream?

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      April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like your poem Mr. P. It is amazing how sleep and the brain work together.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Shyron E Shenko - "Voted up and shared" surely words to make any Hubber soar, if not fly! Thanks.

      sujaya venkatesh - "speech come first or thinking"? It all depends on who is doing the speaking, because some people speak without even thinking first! Usually much to their regret until they learn to "think before you open your mouth."

      DDE - "great writing here" Now with that testimony of three witnesses, I will have to start looking to see just what I did right! (Or is that write?)

      MsDora - I know why you fly (and it applies to my wife, also). You are an angel! Add your own thoughts on flying in dreams. We will pin it down together with help from Shyron E Shenko.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      There's surely a lot to think about. I fly in my dreams too, and my thoughts on that are very different from yours about your wife's dream. Our different thoughts help make life interesting. Good read!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Do you ever stop to think? hmm sounds like I do sometimes and it is a continuous thinking that leaves us with so many unnecessary thought great writing here.

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      sujaya venkatesh 4 years ago

      anyway does speech come first or thinking pers?

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Perspycacious, interesting, I know exactly what you mean about interuptions, And I am right up there flying with your wife, beats the hell out of walking and being tired the next morning.

      I did enjoy this hub and love the cat.

      Voted up and shared

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      We have a saying "The testimony of two witnesses is sure." I'm not sure which outweighs the other: (1) "Interesting and great food for thought.", or (2) "Great Hub." In any case it was great hearing from you two that you read today's Hub. Thanks.

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      Lisa VanVorst 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Very insightful. My mind never stops in my sleep. Often my dreams are so vivid they are telling a story. Unfortunately sometimes the story is filled with stress and worry. Therefore I awaken with anxiety. Great hub!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Love the cat and what a great name!

      It's amazing how our brain works out problems and 'files' our memories and experiences. I believe the brain works on learning in our sleeping moments; it sifts through our daily input and retains 'stuff' that is useful or emotional, for future reference.

      Dreams are such an individual thing; I used to fly a lot and I'm told it's escaping from things. I'm now more content and don't wish to 'fly' anymore. I also hate planes!!

      Interesting hub and great food for thought. Ann