Okay, this morning I realized I'm too old (that's right, I said it!) to function for very long without adequate sleep. Theoretically, it seems like a great idea, and it's worked for me in the past: skimp on sleep, use the extra hours to write or take care of whatever else is screaming for attention at the top of the to-do list that I'm just not able to fit into my day otherwise.
But what happens now is I wake up feeling like my head is filled with marshmallow creme and I'm trying to walk through waist-deep water. I can't focus long enough to accomplish much...my mind just drifts along on the surface of the water, carried along by currents here and there. I fight sleep at work and my eyes burn trying to read my classmate's screenplay. My face is drooping...sagging...I worry it's going to melt right off!
I guess I'm going to have to dump all the rocks and sand out of my jar and start all over trying to find a way to fit them all in. One of the first and largest (after God, family, and friends, of course) is SLEEP! I'm bumping it back to a full seven hours somehow, someway. Taking St. Louis de Montfort's advice (below), I'll fit as much as I can around those largest stones, and just won't worry about the rest. (Wish me luck...again!) Goodnight!
"What God wants of you - is that you should live each day as it comes, like a bird in the trees, without worrying about tomorrow. Be at peace and trust in divine Providence and the Blessed Virgin, and do not seek anything else but to please God and to love Him."