Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Curious dream on May 22 or 23.
I'm carrying the football nearing the goal line just ahead of an opposing team member who can't catch me. But just before crossing the line, I hand off the ball to him as we both cross....Wow!
Long ago (1976) I taught a class at UCLA called Creative Dreaming and Spiritual Awakening. In the take-home final there were four metaphors, two of which students were required to use in describing their lives. One of them was "The Inner Game of Football". And now here it is literally in my own dream life!
So, what to make of it in outer reality?
If dreams can be seen as "pictures of feelings that parallel waking life", then this one is intriguing. In CREEI process terms, it scores Anticipatory.
In the last several weeks I've been playing a "game" with the local school administration regarding my retirement from school bus driving. In taking exception to how I was recently forced to retire by the HR director, I have called for a rigorous review of the circumstances leading to that decision. We are to meet again in her office next Tuesday (May 29), along with the transportation supervisor and the president of the school district employees union. My purpose in playing this game is not reinstatement, but a reexamination of how "the game" is played.
The school administration seems unaware of the declining morale in the transportation department and not having played the game with the awareness of injuring "opposing players" such as myself and others. The employees union president will be the "referee on the field" during the second half of this "game".
Tuesday, May 29, 2012. 10:00
The meeting went well.
On May 29 I met with members of the Los Alamos Public Schools administration in the HR director's office. Attending the meeting were the HR director, transportation supervisor, School Employees Union president, and the school superintendent. I had met earlier with the union president to review the issue and get the objectives clear beforehand.
We all reviewed the video in question and I was satisfied that I had in fact "popped" that curb during the turn, which had so frightened the young mom pushing her tram on the sidewalk at that corner at that moment. It took me 5 or 6 viewings of the video to see it clearly. And it was when the school superintendent noticed the shadows inside the bus jumping at that moment, as well as hearing the sound of the "pop", that gave me the perspective I needed.
So, bottom line, such an infraction all by itself is enough to disqualify a commercial driver's license, according to the transportation supervisor, citing Federal DOT regulations. (That was his main input in the meeting). That was the central legal question to be addressed in the meeting.
I conceded that I now was satisfied that the event was real and as reported. Furthermore, the fact that I was unaware of having done that was enough evidence for me personally to accept that it was time to retire from bus driving at my age. Better too soon than too late!
After that issue was settled, we carefully went through how the discipline procedure in the school district works, including that employees sometimes feel treated with disrespect, marginalized and damaged psychologically in the process. The Union president was also able to voice concerns for other cases pending, where employees felt unfairly treated. Other grievances were also discussed and I went away satisfied that justice AND fairness had been served in my case. More importantly, I felt that the school administrators in attendance had reached a deeper level of awareness--a LADDOF objective. I also felt that I could now retire with dignity. This was amplified when the superintendent accompanied me from the meeting and said he would have his secretary set up a private luncheon with him to celebrate my retirement. That lifted my spirit!
Before ending the meeting I showed the above picture of an old man carrying the football about to cross the goal line, but lateralling off the ball at the last second to the opposing team pursuer just behind him. I said to the group: "I have just given the ball to your team and it has scored two points! Congratulations. Let's keep a good game going." Everyone laughed.