Speak With Your Wallet Then Forget About It At Bedtime

It’s common to believe we should support the businesses espousing our values and avoid supporting companies that don’t.

They call it “voting with your dollars” or “speaking with your wallet.”

It makes sense on the surface. Sometimes other people see things differently than you do for one reason or another. This is one way of encouraging their enlightenment. If they want your business, they better make some changes!

Nineteenth-century showman and circus owner Phineas T. Barnum said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.”

Even today, that’s pretty true.  With a divided country, if you make half of it mad, the other half will compensate for it and reward you with increased business.

There’s a sense to the continual controversy, overall.

Does that mean it belongs in your bedroom?

You need to answer that question for yourself, but I don’t think so.

Transcend the controversy

Your time and thoughts before going to bed and sleep should be about transcending these kinds of concerns. They should inspire a positive frame of outlook, or at least a resignation that we don’t really know what the future will hold. All kinds of incredible things can happen and often do.

Even neutral thoughts, like the kind you get from counting sheep, are better.

The bedroom should be a sacred space.

Superman had his Fortress of Solitude. You can have your own version.

Televisions broadcast controversy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ads are a form of controversy, too, inspiring wants.

For kids, having a TV in your bedroom at age 4 leads to a higher body mass index at 13.

It’s not great for adults either.

Many of the shows are full of tension and conflict, just like the news.

Parkland High School shooting survivor David Hogg started a pillow company to compete with Mike Lindell (leaving it a couple of months later).

Left-wing versus right-wing.

More controversy. It might make for compelling news. Stories with tension are always popular.

Does it make for good, healing sleep?

Probably not.

Keep your thoughts focused on what’s good; the people you love, hope for a better tomorrow, and causes and outcomes you’re cheering for.

Leave the cacophony of consumer and political controversy outside its walls.


James Cobb, RN, MSN, is an emergency department nurse and the founder of the Dream Recovery System. His goal is to provide his readers with simple, actionable ways to improve their health and maximize their quality of life. 

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