Tuesday Tuneup 91

Q. What’s happening now?

A. Winding down.

Q. How?

A. Strawberry milk, tylenol, water, and benadryl.

Q. Why?

A. Long day.

Q. Sleep all right last night?

A. No.

Q. Why not?

A. Too much on my mind.

Q. Why?

A. Too much to do.

Q. And now?

A. Tired.

Q. And?

A. Brain-dead.

Q. And?

A. Hoping to sleep soon.

Q. What’s keeping you?

A. Not sure.

Q. Any ideas?

A. Too many. They make my head spin.

Q. What about images?

A. A few. Good and bad.

Q. Can you focus on a good one?

A. Why?

Q. Might it bring you peace?

A. It might.

Q. And once you are at peace, might you get to sleep?

A. I might.

Q. Can you try?

A. All right.


A. I think I found one.

Q. What is it?

A. An image. A picture of smiling faces looking at me, and me being at the piano, and our just having finished rehearsal, and me realizing that — it’s actually happening. I didn’t die a meaningless death in a gutter. I didn’t die abandoned. I lived, and I was given a chance to realize my dream.

The Questioner is silent.

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  1. ashleyleia says:

    That’s a fantastic image.

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    1. A.P. says:

      Helped me to calm and eventually sleep, too. Actually scored seven hours of sleep last night (between 10:30 and 5:30) and I feel like a new man. I was running on about 4 hours yesterday, which has a way of weirding me out.

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      1. ashleyleia says:

        Sleep is so important.

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      2. A.P. says:

        I know. When I get a good night’s sleep, I feel like all the necessary parts of my brain are functioning well enough for me to consistently make reasonable decisions on most matters. The less sleep I get, the more I feel as though certain essential parts of my brain have been somehow deactivated — or worse yet, taken over by unseen agents. The difference between how I felt last night and how I feel this morning is so glaring, I think I may go to the doctor about it.

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      3. ashleyleia says:

        Yeah, that sounds like it’s worth exploring.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. A.P. says:

        Yes, I believe so.

        Liked by 1 person

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