As I toss and turn, usually around 3AM I reach for the iPhone sitting next to me. I will read snippets of this or that, catch up on Facebook, the Daily Skimm, see what’s on sale at Banana Republic, and hope that I will get sleepy enough to get back to my dreams.
Often, I remain sleepless until the 5AM alarm.
Yet there is a bright side. Of course, there is a bright side.
So much of what I read in those early morning hours inspires me to write or to do. Just the other night lying awake, I reached for my phone. I looked at the New York Times Sunday Style section and read a piece written by a mother about her daughter. Like her, I send my daughters inspiring quotes, sometimes poetry, and other times articles to read. The author though, used her daughter’s shoes as the vehicle to deliver the message. She wore her shoes every day, so mom’s reasoning was that the message would at least be seen and hopefully read every day.
The delivery of the message is so important. It can’t be preachy or it won’t be heard. It shouldn’t be too subtle or it won’t be valued. Putting the notes in the shoes was just right.