Being altruistic almost inevitably leads to disappointment. It might take decades for such high-flown principles to become threadbare, but the course is set – by destiny, even. Disappointment is on the cards.
Such disappointment occurs at around 04:11, and might coincide with night thirst, caused by nothing more than sleeping with one’s mouth open in a supreme form of relaxation which might also be a preferred snoring method.
In any case, at 04:11, one does not, as one would expect, begin to examine in a systematic fashion the origins of this disappointment, still less dream up remedies which are likely to bring on a sudden bout of delight. Instead, one’s head fills with trivia, chiefly of the kind found on to-do lists for the following day.
Such trivia is a blessing in disguise, for the tedium of it all induces drowsiness, thus deftly sweeping one off to the realm of dreams, and who cares what else.
©2019 Allison Wright