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I remember when I was a kid, having had a tantrum of some sort, and hearing my mom say: “a good night’s sleep is all you need.” And then I grew up and had my own children, and I remember saying the same thing to them. But I never really thought about the truth of it until now, in my “older age.”
Oh how very precious life is…. when you get the right amount of sleep! Most mornings I wake up tired and grumpy… because I get ABOUT 5-6 hours, and if less, I am DEPRESSED, (probably because there is no energy for everything I have to do).
But last night I fell asleep at 8-8:30 pm. I awoke at 5:00 am, and I FEEL WONDERFUL! I actually started this “wonderful” yesterday, when I forced myself to take an earlier shower, not at noon, but first thing, then took my doggies to the park, and let them enjoy the beauty of the morning. It was going to be 106 degrees in the day, and I was considering running up to the mountains before it got hot.
Then, suddenly a thought hit me…(I’m sure the Lord in heaven was speaking to me): Why must you always find some reason to ‘run away?? What is so bad about heat? Instead, why don’t you embrace it?“
At that instant I agreed, enjoyed the morning further, “visited” the outdoors in mid-day, and I began to feel FREE from my fearful self, which helped me step forward and onward even more!
So last night I told myself, “I don’t care. I don’t need to get on Facebook at 8 or 9:00 pm, until 11-12:00 midnight. I don’t need to read myself to sleep. I don’t need to check my emails. I am going to sleep! And I did. It was between 8:00 and 8:30 pm. I did not wake up at all, because I convinced myself before I fell asleep that I needed to SLEEP. When I awoke this morning I was feeling… well, happier than the usual happy I have experienced lately. I was ready for a productive day. It must be starting already, I haven’t been on here blogging for quite some time!
When your WILL takes hold of your INSTINCT, I think you will find you will, or CAN do just about anything. But FIRST, you have to convince your will to do the right thing for the rest of you. SLEEP when you need it, don’t fool around with your health; when you do, it’s your instinctive EGO that is running the show.