The joy of going to sleep with a contented heart

Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t make us boring people. 

There’s nothing lame or uncool or weak about giving our body the respect and rest it deserves. After all, our bodies and minds and spirits produce real symptoms that demand dedicated attention, and each of us must do whatever is necessary to be restored to sanity. 

Popova said it beautifully in her reflection on nine years of curating her inventory of a meaningful life. 

We tend to wear our ability to get by on little sleep as some sort of badge of honor that validates our work ethic. But it’s really a profound failure of priorities. What could possibly be more important than your health and your sanity, from which all else springs? 

Of course, sleep is only one of many examples. There’s a bigger picture at stake here. 

This is about making reasonable demands upon ourselves. 

This is about our decision to bring quality energy to the world. 

This is about unwillingness to shortchange ourselves and the others. 

This is about pacing ourselves so we don’t break down and burn out. 

Most workaholics learn this lesson the hard way. Because we’re obsessively driven. We over schedule our lives, race to beat the clock, fear that we will get behind, and binge work in order to catch up. And as a result, we rob ourselves of the enjoyment of conclusion and rest. 

We wouldn’t know the joy of going to sleep with a contented heart if it climbed into bed and sat on our face. 

Do not turn a cruel eye to your body. Or your mind. Or your spirit. Or your relationships. Slow down and honor your need for balance. 

Remember that your own serenity is the best gift you can give to others. 

And accept that true humility is being at rest. 


How will you take your first step back to sanity?

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Scott Ginsberg

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