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Topic: SNOOZE (07/20/17)
TITLE: WHEN SLEEP GUNNED ME DOWN
By Robert Rutaagi
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I was still recovering from a depression that I had not managed well as CEO of a national pharmaceutical company which was going through a controversial restructuring programme.
Nice, the daughter of a long-time friend, was getting married. Me and my wife had been invited but she could not attend because of another commitment. Therefore, I had to attend alone. That worried me a lot because of my condition which required her support.
The ceremony was scheduled for 2:00pm. By 1:45pm I arrived at the venue, only to find that I was the first guest. Only members of the family were present. I was advised that 4pm was the revised time.
“Should I go back home?” I asked myself. I feared being rebuked by my wife. Amidst that confusion, I got an idea – to go and wait from the nearby restaurant 4pm.
Reaching the restaurant, I found there several people I did not want to meet. That inflicted much anxiety upon my frail mind. Within thirty minutes, I could not bear it any more. All the symptoms of depression descended upon and ceaselessly hounded me.
I decided to leave the restaurant immediately without caring which direction to take. I found a convenient place nearest to the venue and parked. My intention was to rest a little bit until a few minutes to 4:00pm.
The already anxious mind treacherously went to work immediately. It welcomed rest, a nap, then a snooze…Suddenly, sweet sleep gunned me down…into dreamland.
I dreamt leaving my wife home, being chased by lions, snakes, vampires, drowning into a lake, falling from mountain tops to deep valleys before reaching my destination, being welcomed, the ceremony starting, melodious music playing, dances, speeches, the nuptial rituals…
When my internal snooze button rang, I woke up only to find long lines of empty cars parked on both sides of the road in front and behind. My wrist watch and cellphone clock both read 6:00pm.
I thought of going back home but I feared consequences of accountability to my wife and my friends. I marshaled up all courage, locked the car and braved it. As I walked, a flood of hormones and adrenaline poured into me from my cranium to the toes. A load of emotions enveloped me. I felt grossly let down by some invisible hand.
As I walked on, the devil stood before me with his evil angels surrounding and cynically mocking me. All my past spiritual energies I used to invoke to bind and banish him and his enslaving machinery, had long diminished until they vanished leaving me completely vulnerable to him.
On arrival, I was, fortunately, welcomed by a kind usher who led me to my comfortable seat. I was late but ‘better late than never’ consoled me. The function went on very well until the end.
Three years later, I woke up one morning only to find myself totally delivered from the damn depression, diabetes and high blood pressure. God’s scope of goodness is enormous, His presence is majestic and His love is eternal and immeasurable. Glory be to Him forever.
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