I grew up with the saying, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger”.
This is also a common saying at weddings when people are handing out marital advice. What is implied is to make peace before you sleep.
This weekend I was listening to a speaker reference this saying and then she changed out a couple of words to make her point.
She said don’t
close your eyes and drift off to sleep
with discouragement in your mind.
If you do, you have the possibility of waking up weakened
by the night. Instead be courageous
in your thoughts before you go to sleep and then you have the possibility to wake
up in the morning refreshed and strengthened.
Some people are very self disciplined in their bedtime habits. They wear blue light glasses in the evening, stop screen time one hour before bed, turn their home wifi off, leave their cell phones and all other electronics outside of their bedroom and most likely have grounded their bed. All great ideas in my opinion.
And then there’s the rest of us. The last thing we flash into our brains before we close our eyes is some text, email, newsfeed, FB post, Twitter or multiple other social media stimuli. The chances of these messages being discouraging are highly probable.
I’m not sure about you but I’m interested in waking up refreshed and strengthened.
I think I know what I need to do.
“Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.”