I HAD a Dream
Last night, I dreamt the strangest thing (in case you were wondering I am an avid dream analyzer. I’ve even taken classes to get into the nitty gritty of my dream). Anyway, in the dream I was standing, alone, in a grocery store—probably Market Basket—in front of the frozen food section.
I was trying to decide which type of pizza to buy. While I was standing there debating the pros and cons of each type, the announcer came on saying that the grocery store was going to close in 15 minutes. At that point, I started sweating because I just couldn’t make up my mind. Finally, I decided to go with the pineapple ham pizza. But at that moment, someone walked by and grabbed the last one. I was so upset I started crying, the announcer came on again and said only 5 minutes remained until closing. Finally, I decided on pepperoni, but then I remembered I’m allergic to the spices they put in it. As a last-ditch effort, I grabbed a box of cheese pizza, and rushed to the checkout. When I got to my car I realized that I hadn’t actually grabbed pizza at all but a frozen spaghetti dinner.
Admittedly, I’m not sure what that dream is trying to tell me, maybe I need to go on a diet? No, no it’s DEFINITELY not that.
That dream is probably about how I make decisions, as I’m a TERRIBLE decision maker. For instance, I’ve saved bookmarks on my computer for things that I want to buy, like a pair of wicked cute boots and by the time I decided to buy them they were sold out…
My decision-making speed, affects all parts of my life. Take Green Dot, for instance, one of my barriers to being a good bystander is that it takes me forever to decide to intervene. In order to combat this, I’ve practiced different scenarios with my friends—to beef up my skills. When I’m out with them and I see something that seems a little off to me, I ask my friends if they agree. If they say yes, then that’s my decision, and I try to step-in. If they say no, then I move on. Sometimes, I’ll also call them and describe the situation to help me make a decision. They have been super helpful for me. I think I’ve become a more active bystander because of their support and urging.
For anyone out there who has their own barriers, it’s possible to overcome them, or at least learn how to work around them. I hope this post is semi-helpful…or at least has helped you figure out what to eat for lunch (Hint: It’s NOT frozen spaghetti).
Until next time,