Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I had a lot of trouble sleeping last week. I think my trouble was too much on my mind (...in other words, s-t-r-e-s-s).

I was complaining a bit about being tired on Sunday afternoon, and - randomly - I turned to Dad and asked "Do you have any advice for getting a good night's sleep, since you never seem to have trouble with that?" (He sleeps solid for 3-4 hours or so, and then is ready to go!)

I wasn't expected a very profound answer, and I certainly wasn't expecting to hear anything about how my day affects my night.

"Put your whole heart into whatever you do during the day; work hard, and you'll fall asleep easily at night."

My first impulse was to say, "but I do!" ....But, taking a lesson from past instances, I paused to reflect a moment before claiming innocence.

Was I really putting my whole heart into my day? Was I working hard during the day? Physical work, as well as mental work? Was my stress the result of a body too lazy? Was there such a thing as working too hard to have time to worry?

Ugh - don't you hate it when you can't quite honestly say you've been perfect?

Of course, the first verse that popped into my head was that Proverbs about "the sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep."

Do I have too much abundance?

All these thoughts crowded my head that night. And I knew I have room for improvement.

As the radio commercials say;

..."Something to think about."


Rosebud said...

Hmm...that makes me think.

WesternWoodburner said...

Huumm. I have trouble sleeping sometimes too. Maybe I need to think about what your dad said.