Just Sleep On It!

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77 Responses to Just Sleep On It!

  1. Holly says:

    Yes! Most oftentimes, answers or inspiration come in those unguarded moments, such as right before we drift off to sleep or in times of complete mind relaxation. I’ve found it best not to rush the process because as the “solution” slowly unfolds, the end result is almost always worth it! Thank you, Susan!

  2. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the timely post. I just started a new job, teaching a new grade, in a new district. I’m more than overwhelmed…even though I thought I was a seasoned teacher! LOL You’re right about the “inner self” knowing what to do! Thanks!!

    • sbranch says:

      Good luck! We sure do need you…the fact that you worry, is just because you care, what a good teacher you must be!

  3. krissie says:

    sometimes though… dont you just wish heaven would just get on with it and hurry the answer or whatever through just a little bit faster? (lol) or is that me being impatient? Love your post!

    • sbranch says:

      Yes! That’s why it was such a relief to read Mark Twain’s words! I’m naturally wanting to get ON with it!

  4. Gert in Iowa says:

    Oh Susan, I love this! And I too have moments like this…now I know I am internally working on it! Smile…

    xoxo Gert

  5. Lynn Marie says:

    Just what I needed today! I sooo love your blog.

  6. Darlene Ponce says:

    That’s great! I just discovered some of that stuff – and I’m 51!

  7. Peggy says:

    Wow, this just spoke to me because I have been worrying all evening about something happening tomorrow. You are so right! I will sleep on it…and feel better when it is completed in the morning.

  8. Peggy says:

    And good grief, I forgot to say thanks! So many of your thoughts and ideas inspire and help me think.

  9. Nellie says:

    Once again, such good words from you, Susan, and just at my bedtime so I will be able to indeed “sleep on it.”:-)
    Just want to wish you a marvelous trip and time away. It will really be Autumn on Martha’s Vineyard when you return.

  10. Doreen Strain says:

    Oh….let me tell you “girlfriends”, there are many a day when the inner me keeps secrets from the outer me! I’m thankful that they like each other so that in time, they share the secret! It does take awhile for the process though! Boy…this one had me thinking for a few minutes…I wonder if I should tell my inner me that Susan wrote about her today??? Or, do you think she already knows? To every thing…turn, turn , turn…there is a season , turn , turn turn.
    FOSB 4~Ever! ~ Doreen ~

  11. Care Kester says:

    My dear Susan, thank you for the reminder! Yes, to EVERYTHING there is a season. Oh my! I needed to hear that. I have been asking and seeking but the lightbulb hasn’t come on YET! But it will. Also, I have a question for you: Is the handwriting in your art YOUR normal handwriting? Like, do you just write like that? It is so enjoyable to read and “so comfortable”…..I was just wondering if you work at it or if you just write like that! OK. Well, I just got two more of your books in the mail so I’m going to go to bed early with a cup of Earl Grey and float away in my own beautiful little bubble! Good-night! I need to go sleep on it a little longer~

    • sbranch says:

      It’s my normal handwriting if I’m trying to write legibly, but you can see my “real” handwriting if you see some of the samples of my diaries I’ve put up…the book handwriting is my “good” handwriting, so I have to go a little slower. Sweet dreams!

  12. Country Gal says:

    Well put ! Have a wonderful evening .

  13. Carol C says:

    I read somewhere to just turn your problems over to God, He’s going to be up all night anyway. It’s very freeing and just as you say, the answers come in their right time. I’m getting ready to start Mark Twain’s Autobiography. Gave it to my husband last Christmas with several other books. He gave me a Nook which I was sure I would not like but LOVE it!! If you finish a book at 2am you can sit right there in bed and buy or borrow another one. Also, when traveling no lugging big books and you can read in the room with a sleeping hubby and not wake him. I used to have to go take my pillow and sit in the bathtub when I couldn’t sleep to read. How did I get off on that? !!!!!! Sorry!

    • Maryellen says:

      Carol – I had to laugh at your bathtub reading. We rented a cottage at St Joesph, MI with our family this summer. Our room had a walk in closet, with a light and a door – the perfect place for pillows and a good book at 3 a.m., so I wouldn’t disturb my husband or the sleeping hubbie 🙂

      • Pat Mofjeld says:

        My goodness, Maryellen! Do you have a husband AND a hubbie? One is enough for me to deal with!!! LOL 🙂
        (That was bad of me to comment on but I couldn’t help it, just struck me as kind of funny…) 🙂

  14. Peggy Cooper says:

    All I can say is – AMEN!

  15. Tiina says:

    ain’t it the truth. It’s the process not always the product.

  16. Sandi says:

    I have told a number of people in my past that I needed to “sleep on it” when making a fairly big decision. Each time they looked at me with a very confused face. But I stuck to my guns and made a confident decision the next day. I have never regretted each decision made “the next day”.

  17. essuzy says:

    Susan, you always choose the greatest quotes, love this one. I’ve got Mark Twain on my kindle, but haven’t started it yet.

    • sbranch says:

      You are going to LOVE it, by page two I was crying from how wonderful it was, he’s so amazing.

      • Barbara (WA) says:

        Are you all referring to the autobiography of Mark Twain? Is that the book that touched you so, Susan?

      • Jerri Ellen says:

        Thanks, Susan, for your words of wisdom today. When the power went out last night in southern California if forced me to slow down, like some candles, talk to my husband, and pet the dog. Mostly, I just breathed….and I confess we ate ice cream, a LOT of ice cream, because I was convinced it would all melt by morning….hee hee

        PS: I am having difficulty finding the Mark Twain book on my Kindle. There are many about him and I want to get the correct one. Please someone, inform me.

        Love from the heart of my home to yours!

        • sbranch says:

          The newest one is by Harriet Smith…see if you can find a review…it’s probably the most complete. I read the one edited by Charles Neider and I loved it.

  18. Jeannie M from NC says:

    You are so right dear Susan, It all falls into place when you just step back, walk away and sleep on it! It seems too simple doesn’t it?
    Have a safe and wonderful trip, all will be well!

  19. Janet says:

    Susan, This is such good advice. I know I get a little anxious when a problem arrises and I don’t have an answer. I have to remind myself to take a walk or do something different and soon the answer pops out for me.
    XOXO Janet

  20. Joan Lesmeister says:

    So, now that you (and Mark) have explained it, that we just have to go through the process, I get it! So much easier to understand now! And, it’s nice to know I’m not really worrying, I’m processing! Thank you! 🙂

  21. I love the…foundation for creation part..very cool! ;D

  22. laurie says:

    wow, that was very deep, I’m having trouble sleeping tonight, its almost 2 am and quite honestly i will have to come back tomorrow to read that,, it almost went over my head, basically I think he means just relax and go with the flow,, our inner self is working on it.( kinda like when you have a problem , give it to God, he’ll help), just let our inner self take the problem, night night

  23. Dawn says:

    Yes! Very true.

  24. nicole says:

    I discovered that many years ago when sewing… When i faced a problem, I knew that when I woke in the morning I would have the answer!
    Now I am very relax writting my books… I just know that sometimes I must leave time to time.. I don’t either stress about forgetting something I want to write… if it is good , it will come back to me! So I don’t walk around with paper and pen! 🙂

  25. Cheryl Egan says:

    Hi Sue,
    Just when I am at my wits end with worry about finding a job and/or re-inventing myself, I check out your blog and BANG! There it is! Since I am already up and have had my morning Earl Grey, I won’t actually “sleep on it”, but thank you for putting me back on track! I really needed that.
    Best thought to you and Joe. Safe travels. I can’t wait to read about your adventures.

  26. Suzanne says:

    I’ve always been one to want the answers to anything now! It’s so hard to wait but through the years I have found that you have to “enjoy” the ride as well as the destination. Sometimes the process is what gives you the most inspiration, joy, ideas, answers to problems. We are in such a rushed society now that we expect everything at that moment, but when we take the time to savor and analyze there’s no telling what outcome we will reach. Thankyou for all your inspiration!

  27. Sheryle Towle says:

    It is Friday morning & I just read your post. Again, thank you….you have, once again, inspired me & helped me to sort through my thoughts. This is a wonderful way to begin my day. Do you have any idea how much you touch the lives of us all? We are blessed to have you! Happy, happy Friday!

  28. Joy Hall says:

    Love your phrase… “Foundation for the Creation”! How very true!!

  29. Kathy RS says:

    What a wonderful reminder that not only does my “inner self” have the answers but so does my creator. I am having to place my 56 yr old husband of 27 years in a care facility tomorrow due to Alzheimer’s. And I am killing myself to make sure everything is done perfectly… I am so afraid that I am forgetting something that I have forgotten to enjoy each moment. Thank you Susan.

    • sbranch says:

      Ohhh Kathy, that must be so hard; thinking of you, saying a prayer.

    • Jacquelyn W.-Bainbridge Island, WA says:

      Am so sorry to hear this, Kathy. Take a deep breath and clear your thoughts. I went through this several years ago with my dear mom. It’s not easy but you can do it. Positive thoughts and prayers for you and your hubby.

    • Terrie says:

      Oh, dear Kathy, please know that you have a bevy of women out here who read your story and are sending you “sister-strength” from every corner! You are taking care of your husband in the best way possible ~ ensuring his health and safety while remaining close enough to continue showing him the love and emotional support 27 years of marriage brings. Peace, Love, & Many Blessings to you & your family throughout this season of change . . . Terrie (Atlanta, GA)

      • Kathy RS says:

        Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and strength. It’s been a difficult time, but we made it through this weekend and know we will continue. Couldn’t make it without God’s strength. Thank you all.

  30. Judy C in NC says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for words to understand and live by, the way you phrase them always makes sense to me. I feel I need to do a stitchery with the Foundation for Creation – what beautiful words. The journey is more important than the desitination… so have wonderful travels. Judy C in NC

  31. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Good Moring Sunshine…almost Time… for Yours & Joe’s Adventure…are ya All Packed?…Very True about Listening to Your Inner Voice…Very Powerful….Our Inner Voices…can Truly Guide Us…with all Our Choices in Life…Amen!…can Ya Put me in Your Suit Case?….lol…actually with Your Blogging & Tweeting…You really do take us along On Your Magical Journeys….Thank You Sweet Sue…I’ve read all You Latest Blogs & Now I’m all caught up on all The News! Yay! Wishing You & Joe & Kitty a Lovely September Weekend…stay Cozy & Warm…Love & Hugzzz & Lots of Pixie-Dust! xoxo Poof! 🙂

    • sbranch says:

      Still packing! Thank you for the pixie dust Angietink, I can sure use it right now!

      • Angie(Tink!) says:

        Still Packing…Just Breathe Sweet Sue….I think I can Hear The Train….:-)…..You are Most Welcome for The Pixie-Dust…there’s Plenty….so here’s a little More! ********************* xoxo Poof!

  32. Dori Wilson says:

    Susan, I love your handwriting and all your illustrations. Wish I could have seen your things when I was a child as I love to draw, do needlework etc. I make up my own designs. Everything you do is the best. Made me feel better just reading your blog!!
    I’m now 72 and still need to hear positive words!!

  33. Karen says:

    Stopping in to say HI!… and that I am thoroughly enjoying your blog (thanks Madame Samm) AND your feature, “Entertaining in Fall,” that was in my inbox from Country Living just this morning!!! Lovely!

    We have had some cooler days here in the desert southwest… by that I mean upper 80’s to low 90’s. Cooler evenings and a gentle breeze. I am CERTAIN fall is just around the corner here.

    It has been my experience, the answer will come when you least expect it.
    Have a wonderful day…

  34. Jean says:

    I love this! Thank you! The message validates something I’m experiencing with some creative pursuits I’m undertaking.

  35. Bess says:

    Great post, Susan! And I love your fun, creative, beautiful blog! Your penmanship is so wonderful, not to mention your art! Bess

  36. Barbara (WA) says:

    A friend posted a link that sure fits this subject. The singer/songwriter, Jason Mraz, speaks of the origins of his song, Life is Wonderful. Years before he was talking with a friend who worked on cranes and said in order to built a crane they had to use a crane. That rolled around in his subconcious for years until one day, while walking on the beach, he “suddenly” began to sing “It takes a crane to build a crane, it takes two floors to make a story…” He ran back to his hotel to capture the song.

  37. It is so important to remember that any creative work takes time and some of that time must be spent staring out the window while the mind works. The important thing is to get started and take one step after another. That’s how I have started businesses, completed projects and written books.

  38. evelyn says:

    Ecclesiastes 3.
    LOVE your blog!

  39. Marilyn says:

    I have a tendency to want to tweak everything to make it better. Sometimes it’s much better just to stop, step back and not force the issue.

    In the words of Paul McCartney, “Let it Be”!

    Of course, that’s easier said than done! 🙂

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  40. K. F. Ross says:

    Oh, too much like a philosophy class! I’d rather drink my tea, pet the dog, say a prayer, and go to sleep. 🙂

  41. Jennie says:

    Yes, yes, and yes. And even though I’ve learned this, I so often forget! Life is a journey and somedays it feels like we’re not moving, but everything else around us is!

  42. Diane says:

    My wise old aunt once said, “Don’t live through it twice,” as I would be fretting over some upcoming situation or trying to solve a problem. I have finally learned that she was right – and I am 61! Now I just let things go – most of them solve themselves without my worry, worry, worry.

  43. Barbara says:

    Sometimes it seems impossible to wait for an answer doesn’t it? But we can’t always come up with the answer ourselves and sleeping on it is often the only answer. I say a prayer and really try to turn it over to the Lord.

    Hugs XX

  44. Sandra says:

    Sleep is a wonderful thing…restores the mind, body and spirit and everything looks better in the morning! I’m with you in sleeping on it and always say my prayers prior to going to sleep. That’s to remind me nothing can happen to me that God doesn’t allow and will see me through as well as to say “thank you”. Thank you for my wonderful home, terrific bed and then ask for pleasant dreams. As a result, I almost always sleep like a baby.

  45. JuLee says:

    A timely reminder that sometimes the answer is just not ready for us. . . Yet!
    Thank You. And hello to Girl Kitty!

  46. Lee Ann G. says:

    I’m better than I used to be but still learning how to enjoy the process!

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