I fell Sunday morning going down the steps off of our back porch at 2:00 am headed out to rescue Patty’s chickens from a coon or whatever was making them sqwack like crazy. As a result, I bruised my tailbone and stayed in bed most of the day, missing church and three teaching responsibilities that I had. I slept an extra 10 hours yesterday recovering from my adventure. As a result of the extra rest I am feeling much better today, and Patty is bossing me around, giving me “low impact, ” as she calls them, jobs to do. I noticed several other things about the extra sleep and rest. I have about a dozen little growths on my forehead, like most older people do, and have them burned off with liquid nitrogen periodically. Well, this morning they are all gone, at least significantly reduced in size. I don’t know for sure that it was all the extra sleep that was the cause, but seems reasonable to conclude that it was. The other very noticeable thing was my mood, I was feeling good emotionally this morning and very positive and energetic. I work at staying positive in my thinking, but sometimes I just feel sort of flat.
I get in the habit of leaving my one hour of exercise, my Bible reading and memory work, my prayer time, my book reading, and my blog writing until the evening and often it is midnight or 1:00 am before I get everything done and go to bed. I get up at 5:00 am five mornings a week, and if I go fishing on one of the other two mornings I get up at 4:00 am. As an ex dairy farmer I have done that most of my life, and have functioned fine, but I think I need to change my habits some as an older man now. I was reviewing my goals yesterday and added that I will be in bed by 10:00 am at least five nights a week. I have come to this conclusion before and have made goals to improve in this area, but I am determined to make it happen now. The problem is that I have so many things on my “todo list” that I want to get one more crossed off, just one more, than it ends up being two. . . I exercise religiously an hour every day for my health, and I am always dieting working at keeping my weight in check and eliminating most sugar from my diet, again for my health. I am not trying to live forever, just to serve the Lord well with the time I have left, so it seems reasonable that I can motivate myself to get adequate sleep and rest in order to stay healthy and energetic.