97 days ago
The new year is here and most of us have settled into our post-holiday routines. Mine has included lots of auditioning, adding recent work to my portfolio and reaching out to new customers and those I haven’t heard from in a while. I’ve also tried to fight the inner night owl in me to get more shuteye. Apparently, I’ve been cheating myself of sleep’s fringe benefits. It’s hard to believe that sleeping more helps us accomplish more but medical experts keep touting the rewards. Here are just a few advantages of adding more zzzz’s:
- Improved immunity
- Clearer thinking
- Less pain
- Better weight control
- Stronger creativity
- Lower stress
- Increased longevity
Staying well, thinking clearer, experiencing less stress, being more creative and living longer? Deprivation of these advantages for a few late hours just doesn’t make sense!
Of course, we have no guarantee of living a long, healthy life but we know for sure that today’s tablet is ready to be inscribed upon. Sherry, a childhood friend of mine, sent an inspiring poem written by her late father. He was a patient man who taught me how to properly roll a bowling ball. He owned a bowling alley where I spent many Wednesday afternoons participating in a junior bowling league. I’m thankful for the way he added to so many childhood memories I fondly look back upon. He titled his poem, ‘Clean New Book’.
CLEAN NEW BOOK
Midnight strikes, and the old year is gone.
We close the tablets we’ve written on.
Torn ‘twixt hope and doubt and fear,
We open the book of an unlived year.
It’s ours to write the daily tale
Of how we conquer or how we fail;
Of struggle and effort and hope that wakes
Like a song in the heart when a bright day breaks.
~ Ben Johnson, 1978
Happy New Year!