11. Progress

As I grow older the thought of crawling into bed for the night is evermore appealing. I was never one to “burn the midnight oil.” I’ve always loved my sleep, sometimes, I think, too much. I have friends who can “burn the candle at both ends.” To them, sleep seems to be just a minor interruption in life. For me, it’s something to anticipate. Why, sometimes I even get out of bed in the morning and immediately begin looking forward to the time when I’ll be able to crawl back in that night.

We ought not to get hooked on sleep. We need rather to get hooked on life. There are so many things to do, so many experiences to have, so much to learn. The progress that we should make is to enjoy every aspect of life, guarding always against the tendency to crawl back in the bed. It’s tempting to think that a life of leisure will satisfy the soul. But the soul is in the business of living.

Day 11 Guide

Think about what we humans do best. We absorb experience, generalize and make conclusions. We plan, and we take action. We are makers, knowers and doers. Don’t shortchange yourself by putting your best to sleep. Enjoy the day.

© 2006, Levi Hill

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