Opinion: The cool side of the pillow
It has been a sleepless night – tossing and turning as if the dilemma’s resolution could be found on the cool side of the pillow. What is keeping that much needed (and desired) sweet, deep sleep out of reach? Yes, there is much to do. However, there was much to do yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that one – and yet each delivered a perfect and restful slumber. The mind wonders from one topic to the next without finding a satisfactory place to rest. Thoughts emerge and recede never fully gaining the benefit of consideration.
Soon, dawn is upon us. The sounds of the night are giving way to the industrious early birds beckoning first light. Focus is emerging from unresolved problems dwindling to a few. The digital clock across the room is advancing – at first by the minute, then in groups of ten or so at a time. What will the day bring? Will the resources and ability to achieve the objective be attained? If at all, can the problem find a solution? And if it cannot, does it really matter?
Soon, the house will come to life. The dog will awaken, stretch awkwardly, and nudge me to let him outside. Alarms will sound and school busses will arrive. If only there was time for a second cup of coffee. Just take it along for the drive to the office. On the radio, the weather forecaster predicts the climate in clichéd but comfortable prose. Did the extra hour this morning of silent thought prepare for the challenges ahead or would the benefit have been greater from a bit more REM? At this point, the machinery of life has begun again and we come to it prepared as we are. Happily, another chance for sleep arrives with nightfall.