Last night, being very tired, I put down the book I was reading, turned out my bedside lamp, snuggled under the covers beside my already fast-asleep husband, and closed my eyes, hoping for a blissful nights sleep.
No such luck!
Thoughts of the rather traumatic afternoon replayed in my mind, one after another, almost as if someone had put in a DVD, then sped it up. Images flew through my head, ones of past, present, and future. My mind would travel down one path only to take off on another. It was never ending, not to mention unsettling. I tried to divert my brain with deep and steady breathing, readjusting my pillow, turning on my side, and looking across the room at the clock which I’d already turned toward the wall (I’m a terrible clock watcher.) Nothing helped to stem the flow, that is until three words came out of no where….
This got my attention, stopping my mind in its tracks. Peanut Butter Thoughts? What? Weird! Where did that come from? How did it fit in with all of my fast flowing thoughts?
I’d never heard that phrase before that I know of. Was I hungry? No. But it did the job. My mind relaxed and I soon fell asleep.
I’ve been thinking about this most of the morning, trying to analyze what it might mean.
Could it be that much of our daily lives stick to us like peanut butter? That experiences and images attach themselves to our minds and memories, holding on for opportunities to surface from time to time?
Yes, I believe so.
Okay, so how do we “put them to bed” in order to get to sleep, to get the rest we need? Have you ever tried to rinse off a spoon of peanut butter with only cold water? It takes lots of HOT water to force it loose. How about when peanut butter gets stuck to the roof of your mouth?
So, what is the “hot water” you use to loosen your “peanut butter thoughts?”