Frank Sinatra once said, “I’m for anything that gets you through the night — be it prayer, tranquilizers, or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s”.
I’ve come to the conclusion Old Blue Eyes was a better singer than he was a philosopher. If we need help to get through the dark night of the soul, it makes a difference what we choose, and far too often too many of us make the wrong choice. If life is so overwhelming that we feel we need to numb ourselves with pills or booze, we need to understand that we may make it through the night, but we still have to face the next day, which may make us feel as though we need more pills or booze to get through the next night. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to be a part of a viscious cycle that ends up being a downward spiral.
I like Sinatra. I’ll keep listening to his music. But I think I’ll avoid his philosophy on this subject. I’ll opt for the Psalmist instead, who said, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. That’s gotten me through a lot of restless nights.