Insomnia episode: It’s late at night. My wife is asleep. My two daughters are too. I’m the only one awake and … I’m so excited because I can finally get some work done! My mind is bursting with things that I could do. Read a book, write a blog post, learn something new (in this case its IOS / Web dev), do some other task that’s been on my list for a while.
In my excitement to be productive, I choose 2 or 3 things and try to do them all at the same time, as well as checking my mail, facebook, feedly, linkedin, twitter, etc… Before I know it, it’s 2 or 3am, and I haven’t actually completed any single task.
Sound’s familiar? Yup, this has happened too many times for me. It’s my own form of insomnia. Whenever I lie down to sleep, my mind just suddenly fills up… with things I’d like to do, things I’m not yet finished with, and a host of other ideas. I know I need to sleep. But with my mind running at the speed of thought, what am I to do?
Have you ever come home from a vacation still feeling tired, as if you needed to take a vacation from your vacation? Or how about the feeling that its sunday night and you still don’t feel rested… like you’re not yet ready for the week. Maybe you don’t know how to rest. True rest, doesn’t just happen. It needs to be intentional.
Although I’ve written a lot about the body, a lot of the principles in building physical strength also applies to other areas. In the same way that you can strengthen your arms and legs, you can also improve your ability to make decisions, to endure change, or even to find (and stick to) your life’s purpose and direction. If you apply these principles to the other parts of your life, you will have a stronger life. Besides, maintenance is boring. I want to get stronger. To get better!
Everyone has areas in their lives that suffer from neglect. There are things that we just really don’t have the time to address at the moment. But sometimes, we neglect some areas not because we don’t have the time. Sometimes, time is just the excuse, but we neglect them for a different reason.