Go to sleep now and rest

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We are all so optimistic, even the pessimists. Every night we set the coffee maker, lay our clothes out for the next day and then we go to bed and trust we will wake up the next morning to a new day. 

While most of us dream of dying in our sleep, we go to bed wishing for the next day to happen. The ones with pain, hope they will feel better the next day, the unhappy ones hope that life will be kinder from now on, and some smile in anticipation of a new morning. A new day, a fresh start into familiar life.

We pray, make love or let our mind wander – then we snuggle deep into our pillows and fall asleep.

“People say, ‘I’m going to sleep now,’ as if it were nothing. But it’s really a bizarre activity. ‘For the next several hours, while the sun is gone, I’m going to become unconscious, temporarily losing command over everything I know and understand. When the sun returns, I will resume my life.’

If you didn’t know what sleep was, and you had only seen it in a science fiction movie, you would think it was weird and tell all your friends about the movie you’d seen.

They had these people, you know? And they would walk around all day and be OK? And then, once a day, usually after dark, they would lie down on these special platforms and become unconscious. They would stop functioning almost completely, except deep in their minds they would have adventures and experiences that were completely impossible in real life. As they lay there, completely vulnerable to their enemies, their only movements were to occasionally shift from one position to another; or, if one of the ‘mind adventures’ got too real, they would sit up and scream and be glad they weren’t unconscious anymore. Then they would drink a lot of coffee.’

So, next time you see someone sleeping, make believe you’re in a science fiction movie. And whisper, ‘The creature is regenerating itself.”
― George Carlin,

13 thoughts on “Go to sleep now and rest

  1. Our 102.5 year old Aunt used to go to sleep each evening hoping that she didn’t wake up the next morning…at least that’s what she told me repeatedly. Until one day she didn’t, and we were all happy for her.

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