30: The New Wing

30: The New Wing

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home

The New Wing

A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.

~The Talmud

I wandered down a hallway in my house and discovered a wing I had never noticed before, complete with two empty bedrooms and a bathroom. I was delighted to have found this extra space.

I examined every detail of these newly discovered rooms, which were unusual in their design, with multiple levels, and would be lots of fun to decorate and use. Then I woke up and realized it was a dream, one I had frequently. I was disappointed.

I mentioned this recurring dream to my brother once and he said he had the same dream all the time, too. And when I surveyed my co-workers today, almost everyone reported having the same dream, usually involving the discovery of an extra wing in their houses.

The psychologist Erick Fromm said, “A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul.” More like hidden spaces in this case, right? Why do we have this deep-seated need to find more space in our homes? I always thought it was just me, so I’m fascinated by the fact that almost everyone in our office reports the same thing.

There’s a website called The Dream Well (thedreamwell.com) where I found an article by Amy Campion in which she reports that this common dream can be frightening for some people. She says that our reaction to finding one or more new rooms in our dreams can give us some insight into ourselves. Some people view these new rooms as a challenge or an obligation they don’t want. Others are excited about the opportunity to expand their lives. And some people find the rooms fully furnished, while others find them empty, filled with possibility but also needing a lot of work! According to Amy Campion, “Dreams of new rooms can be exciting dreams of emerging new potential and the promise of growth and experience.”

I’m glad that everyone in my office reports they are excited when they find the new rooms and disappointed when they wake up and realize it’s not true. I guess we’re an adventurous lot, willing to take on new challenges. It certainly makes sense, since we put out a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book every month, and we are a busy and creative group of people. I sure hope that our common dream really does mean we’re up for any challenge.

Or maybe I’m overanalyzing and I just want more space! After all, we have four grown kids, two getting married this year, and we’ve already cleaned and organized the old toys and created a playroom area for the theoretical grandchildren. It could be as simple as that.

~Amy Newmark

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