Naps are for Smart People

Naps are for Smart People

Raw bundles of energy learning to assimilate into life give all in laughter, running and the work of the day which may include miles of trucks on knees, bionicals that soar to mighty heights and giggling with delight when this little piggy goes to market find restful recharging in the afternoon nap.

The simplicity of giving it your all should be a more obvious lesson to those of us who transitioned from toddler to adult.  How did we miss it?  At least for most of the grown up persuasion it seems daily toils are an effort and concentration seems to be on getting through it. We utter words, axioms, as though verbalizing acknowledges the wisdom but feel forbidden to actually do it full time.  Stop and smell the roses.  Love what you do.  

The back end of that last one is do what you love and is something I could never quite figure out.  For one thing not everyone could say what they love and so wander through live gritting their teeth doing something they think they do not love.

I probably could not have named one thing I loved to do in my youth.  Sure, I was a nurse to the core of me and loved it.  It was my calling.  But as a high schooler I worked every weekend and holiday and whether it was a laundry or grocery store or factory I loved it all.  For me I guess the pleasure was in the doing.

What if….we woke up tomorrow and decide to love everything we do?  Love that alarm and morning stretch, love that shower and first sip of coffee, love the action of getting dressed, love that drive or walk, love that work?  

There are all kinds of songs that say be glad for what we are given.  You know it may not change the world but I bet it will change us and who knows energy may abound.

Some have a dream and belief and will reach it but for most of us ordinary folk the true pleasure of life is all around us in the most mundane things.  And yes when we earn our rest at day’s end it will be one of regeneration although I believe the whole world could use the benefits of an afternoon nap. After all some of the most brilliant people in the world grabbed a little midday shut eye, probably because in their waking hours they  gave it their all.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. eof737
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 02:38:45

    Many a nap has led to a creative or scientific breakthrough… Wish I could nap more. :-)

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  2. Crystal Rayne
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 18:58:47

    Very well put Chris!! You must nap a lot ;)

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  3. Robin
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 15:14:20

    “What if….we woke up tomorrow and decide to love everything we do? ”

    Brilliant idea. :)

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  4. Tori Nelson
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 09:58:42

    I am the anti-napper! I hate it,especially now that I am a stay-at-home mom and have no good reason not to snooze a little while the Man Child sleeps. I will say I love this line: “pleasure of life is all around us in the most mundane things”. Humor in the hum drum is my motto. Life is pretty glorious when we pay attention!

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  5. Jeanne Webster
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 19:52:56

    Enjoyed this immensely! I can almost touch 70 and have started taking afternoon naps. It’s a total recharge 30 minutes.

    Nice blog and thank you for the variety.

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  6. souldipper
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 16:58:40

    Great post, Chris. Like you, I figured if I was going to spend a third of my life doing something, I wanted it to be worthwhile and I wanted to put my heart and soul into it!

    Yes, we may not change the world, but we may encourage one person to live in Love instead of frustration and negativity.

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  8. Joceline
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 15:04:39

    the older I get, the more naps I take, i.e. the smarter I am!!!!

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  9. janachantel
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 14:40:50

    I agree I think that we all should do the things that we love! Why not? We only have one life to live!

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  10. informationforager
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 14:00:22

    I like it. Most of our great ideas have come from sleeping and napping. I often nap on a problem after my rational mind is all wore out. I think I’ll have a nap right now. Thanks………..

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