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What Keeps You Up at Night?

“Softly the evening came.”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Coming off of a very intense three weeks, someone asked me “what keeps you up at night?” Years ago, my mind would have lept immediately to work – the drama, the politics, the what happens if someone does this or says that. This time it didn’t.

What keeps me up at night? My parents health, my nieces’ and nephew’s future, friends struggling with challenges. Am I enjoying each day surrounded by people who make my life more complete? These are the thoughts and questions that keep me up at night. And once a in a while, work jumps in there.

Perhaps the more important question is, “What keeps you moving through your day?” I don’t need anymore sleepless nights – I’ve already contributed many through the years. I need days where I am very awake to what is right in front of me with gratitude. And as the evening comes softly to rest easy, content with my contribution to the day.

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  1. great post- i like the picture out my window better than this picture of ice and snow!

    March 6, 2012
    • Me too. But there’s hope for us – 50 degrees today and 40s the rest of the week. Spring can only be days away!

      March 6, 2012
  2. Love Longfellow…Darrell

    March 6, 2012
  3. What keeps me up at night? Worries about my kids and my grandchildren. If I was smart, I’d give my worries to God as He’s up all night anyhow 🙂 I wonder why we hold on to these worries instead of giving them up. Maybe we’re wrongly thinking that we’re the only ones who can bring about a positive outcome to these problems we choose to dwell upon instead of sleeping.

    I love that quotation from Victor Frankl in your sidebar. It had a deep influence on my attitude when I first read it about 20 years ago.

    March 11, 2012
  4. I enjoyed reading your post. We have similar things that keep us up at night. Here is to a good nights rest. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    March 20, 2012
  5. When I first looked at this photo, before reading…I thought “through the trenches”. We sometimes have to walk through the trenches in order to get where we need to be.

    April 11, 2012

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