The harvest .. a time of renewal

October 2017: The harvest

October 2017: The harvest

The harvest is underway, and soon the fields will be bare. This is a time or renewal, enabling the next crop to be planted, grow and ultimately prepared for another harvest.  

I am reminded of a conversation I had with a doctor a couple years ago. Let’s back up: I don’t like to sleep. It always seemed like a waste of time. I have always been a ‘busy’ person, and sleep seemed to interfere with my ability to get things done. For years, I would sleep between 5 and 6 hours a night, and if I could keep it to 5 I was proud ... it felt like I was ‘getting things done’. 

In July of 2015 I had some health issues. My blood pressure was extremely elevated, and frankly, I am fortunate to have survived.  After much testing, and other interventions, the doctors had a frank conversation with me about my sleeping habits. He told me that I needed to get more sleep, or face the grime realities of it’s impact on my health. He suggested I need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. That was difficult for me to accept, but the importance of sleep a reality I have accepted.   

I get 8 hours most nights now. I have to admit, it has helped. I still stress about not getting everything done in a day. Perhaps I get more done because I have better focus.

Like Mother Earth, we need time to renew. Do yourself a favor: sleep more. 

 ~ Rick


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