‘Feel’ This

sleep

(He) said that happiness is what happens when you go to bed on the hottest night of the summer, a night so hot you can’t even wear a tee-shirt and you sleep on top of the sheets instead of under them, although try to sleep is probably more accurate. And then at some point late, late, late at night, say just a bit before dawn, the heat finally breaks and the night turns into cool and when you briefly wake up, you notice that you’re almost chilly, and in your groggy, half-consciousness, you reach over and pull the sheet around you and just that flimsy sheet makes it warm enough and you drift back off into a deep sleep. And it’s that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what’s warm – whether it’s something or someone – toward us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being sad in the world and ready for sleep, that’s happiness.

Paul Schmidtberger, Design Flaws of the Human Condition


Notes: Quote: from liquidlightandrunningtrees via Last Tambourine. Photo: forward to forget

Comments

  1. A relatable post and a just renewed experience of last night. Heavy thunderstorms and heavy air, hard to breathe. Only a bit of cool at around 3 or 4am…. fantastic juxtaposition.

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  2. That feeling is delicious, peaceful, sigh-worthy…I don’t immediately arrive at happiness though – contented perhaps?

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  3. what a beautiful description of this natural phenomenon/yearning to find comfort

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  4. That’s called “painting with words”…. and I guess not everyone has AC?

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  5. Who doesn’t like potatoes??? This man is questionable!

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  6. Me: last night. But how I wish I could describe the feeling as beautifully as Paul Schmidtberger does. Wow.

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  7. Gee … now if only I could drift back off into a deep sleep after waking up, I would be a happy man. And less tired too!

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Know the feeling … “And it’s that reaching, that gesture, that reflex we have to pull what’s warm – whether it’s something or someone – toward us, that feeling we get when we do that, that feeling of being sad in the world and ready for sleep, that’s happiness.” … Paul Schmidtberger, Design Flaws of the Human Condition.

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  9. What a beautiful description of something we have all experienced…

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  10. Beautiful 🙏🏻

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  11. Deep sleep…whazzat?
    All jokes aside. That it delicious. I vaguely remember experiencing such.

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