These days I’m having trouble sleeping, up every couple of hours, back to bed, up again. Nights seem to go on forever, won’t let go. But I realized this morning that they do let go, that the sun rises and I get up refreshed, with probably 90-95% my normal quota of sleep. The fear of the dark is always irrational, and yet – and yet – never once have I said, “It’ll be over soon, just don’t worry about it.” Well, such nights are over!
Henceforth I will do my level best to remember that no night lasts forever, that sunlight amply restores my optimism and energy. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, “It must follow as the day the night, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Let’s see now . . . what other irrational beliefs are shaping my moods, emotions, behavior? Can you find examples, too?