“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’re all exhausted.
Exhausted from striving for more.
Just imagine a world where we weren’t all pushed to the edge of insanity in the pursuit of goals, dreams and material wealth.
But of course we’re all part of the play.
I’ve never been one for sleeping: I saw it as a no more than a necessary component of life — you know much like eating — whereas I now see it as something that has the power to make my life better, if only in the sense of having greater perspective on those things that are important.
I’m sure if I did a search there would be great gobs of scientific material to back me up; namely that by getting more sleep it makes us better people. But you know yourself that when you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you feel so much better (there are occasions where you can feel slightly punch drunk, but those are the exceptions not the norm).
Right now, I’m trying to be more disciplined with my sleep patterns and to see it in a new way. In my case, that means going to bed earlier, and not worrying if I feel like closing my eyes in the afternoon, even if for only for a few minutes.
You might think this such an obvious thing, but judging by the number of people I meet who complain of constantly of being tired, there’s clearly a huge problem in society where: (a) we drive ourselves to exhaustion (in pursuit of what?); and (b) we’re not getting enough sleep (10 hours should be the minimum).
But then again, when we’re always trying to pack so much into our lives in justification thereof, is it any wonder that we see sleep as an impediment?
I know it’s easy to be cynical of these things, but no employer I ever worked for checked in on my sleep patterns. Oh sure, they asked about my well-being — “How are you today Julian” — but that was more a case of being pleasant, than wanting to know more, and certainly if I had said something about being knackered, I can’t imagine any of them going: “You need to take a nap then!”.
Perhaps in the end, this post is no more than another shot across the bows of the ‘bleeding obvious’ but I think all of us have to look at our sleeping patterns and ask ourselves, why it takes such low priority in relation to everything else.