On rest, work, time, and life  

Posted by Denis Haack in ,

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” [Mohandas Gandhi]

 

“I don’t know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest awhile.” [Max Forrester Eastman]

 

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” [Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes]

 

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” [“Pooh’s Little Instruction Book”]

 

“To sleep is an act of faith.” [Barbara G. Harrison]

 

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under a tree on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water; or watching the cloud float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” [J. Lubbock]

 

 

While sitting in my daughter’s home, looking out her living room window at the lake surrounded by trees adorned in their autumn colors, I noticed a small book on her coffee table. It confirmed what I have long believed—that naps are a gift of grace, too seldom received with gratitude and embraced without guilt. Demonstrating this truth in our skeptical world is, I believe, a witness to the existence and mercy of God.

 

Source: Cat Naps: The Key to Contentment (Portland, ME; Ronnie Sellers Productions) p. 8, 13, 45, 87, 88, 102.

 


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2 comments

I'm with you on every point, here.

October 25, 2008 at 8:18 PM

"You know what I like? You're sitting and thinking, sitting and thinking, and then you wake up." Hobbes (the Tiger, not the Philosopher)

October 28, 2008 at 9:09 AM

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