Can’t Sleep?

Blog 2643 – 01.23.2023

Can’t Sleep?

My mom was a world-class worrier and for the last three years of her life she hardly slept at all. The old adage goes, “Sleep, that knits the raveled sleeve of care.” Worriers believe that they care more than others. The truth is they are just overcome with cares. Some of the best advice a boss ever gave me when I was about to assume a new position at work was, to control the controllable and not to worry about the rest. That is really what worry is – assuming responsibility for things that are way above our pay grade.

Too many times we are like the over sensitive princess who allowed the pea to rob her of a good night’s sleep. Not only does sleep give our minds and bodies time to take care of much needed maintenance, raveled-sleeve knitting, but it gives us a chance to dream. In dreams we can safely explore life’s scenarios ahead of time and be better prepared to deal with whatever comes. As the little song says, “Life is but a dream.”

I hope you had a good night’s rest and that you awakened refreshed and ready to enjoy this new day. I was never able to adjust to third shift work. I had trouble sleeping during the day. On a two month work assignment in Alaska during the part of the Alaskan year when it stays light all the time, we were told to put heavy blankets over the windows to fool ourselves that it was dark outside so we could sleep. It worked.

There is a little light switch in our heads too. Babies have trouble sometimes regulating their sleep and get their days and nights mixed up.

Sweet dreams, Baby.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Count Your Blessings by Rosemary Clooney

Count Your Blessings by Rosemary Clooney

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