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Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From Napping

(Because why not, right?)

  1. Pause to contemplate.  If you just keep rolling down the same road at high speed for too long without pausing, you're likely to wake up one day and think, "Where the hell am I?"
     
  2. Relax regularly.  Muscles are not meant to carry around low-level tension 24 hours a day: Make a conscious effort to relax them all once in a while.
     
  3. Appreciate the clock.  Time is a mental construct, but it's there for a reason:  Let its ordered restrictions help you get the most out of your limited lifespan.
     
  4. It is, in fact, darkest before dawn.  But dawn is totally worth staying awake through the darkness for.
     
  5. Don't keep worries alive too long.  If you're still worrying about something that isn't actively happening now, then you're keeping the stress of it alive with your thinking.  Let it go; things have enough stress in them as they are.
     
  6. Don't be ashamed of being smart.  Practice letting your eyes flash when you say, "I need a nap."  Because you're smart enough to need a nap, and no matter what the media says, being smart is awesome.
     
  7. Everything is a tool.  Sometimes trying something for which there are no pre-built tools is a great way to see this truth.
     
  8. Love your body, don't fear it.  If your car wouldn't go faster than eighteen miles an hour, you'd spend some money and effort and get it fixed.  Your body is a vehicle too; don't be afraid to improve it.
     
  9. The focus of your attention is completely your choice.  Sometimes you need to focus on the smallest thing (like standing upright), or ignore the biggest one (like a loud barking dog), but neither of these tasks are impossible with the proper practice and perseverance.
     
  10. You can, in fact, live in the light without fearing the darkness.  Just bring lots of light with you!  ;)

5 comments

1 Erin { 01.24.12 at 9:55 am }

Those are brilliant life lessons. Thanks for sharing them. I really need to compile all motivational messages and pictures I come across somewhere central so I can access them all the time. 
I love naps by the way, especially power naps that don't last to long but leave me feeling refreshed and full of energy!  

2 puredoxyk { 01.28.12 at 12:05 pm }

Me too, Erin! Sometimes those naps are just what you need to get off of a bad path and onto a better one. ;) Thanks!

3 patrik { 02.17.12 at 4:11 pm }

 
 
boah, sorry for the second post. thought that for some connection problem it didn't upload my message. 
so. now i'm going to listen to music :D
have a good time!

4 C { 05.02.12 at 9:22 am }

That was beautiful and very unique. I love your perspective. You're a very interesting person, Puredoxyk. I'm a long time stalker of your posts too, but I haven't been here for a while and whenever I come it's always brilliant.
You should write another book.

5 KNy { 05.10.12 at 7:54 am }

Hi PureDoxyk,
Well, I'm on day 8 of 5 hours at night with two 20-min naps during the day.  Overall, I'm LOVING it!  I've always been a night owl AND a morning person, and this schedule finally allows me to be both.
However, my energy plummets around 4:30pm and doesn't return until 10:30pm.  This is bad since I teach classes at night and need to be alert and "on my game."  Do you have any suggestions for me?  How much longer do I need to wait before I actually sleep deeply at nap time and don't feel intermittently like a total zombie?
 
THANKS for your blog and all the great info!  It's been a good resource for me and especially a good source of inspiration when I'm feeling like giving up.