Taint’t worthwhile to wear a day all out before it comes. — Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
In her classic novel, Sarah Orne Jewett, sums up a primary cause of loss of sleep for most of us — anxiety about events yet to occur.
Although we are told “be not anxious” and have “faith in the Lord,” this wisdom is hard to accept in “the dark nights.”
Terrible tragedies occur and terrorism is meant to cause us to alter the way we live. When tragedy happens we are inclined to fall back into anxiety and toss and turn using up all our energy before the sun rises in the sky. A simple meeting with the boss can ruin a night’s sleep.
That’s why I take comfort in the simple words such as the one’s above, and the words of Grandmother Danny — “Doesn’t do to think about.”
The sun did rise this morning, acts of love and heroism dominate, and the day is what we make of it. There will be plenty of time to analyze and manipulate what happened in Las Vegas, now is time to love, comfort, and to mourn.