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On the Shortness of Sleep: Yes Seneca, I’m talking to you

January 24, 2018 - Posted in Other Stuff Posted by:

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“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”  ― Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

I’m writing this after waking up this morning at 2.30 am. I’m not tired at all. My mind is racing. I want to go and make coffee. I want to do stuff. I want to change the world. So I make coffee, check some emails and work on my blog for a bit. Now it’s 9.11 am and I’m ready to crash. I can’t see myself making it to noon. Shit.

Well, the good intention was there. It still is. I still want to change the world. But I may need a nap first.

How’s your 2.30 am going? Or is it 3, or 4? I watched a TED Talk recently called ‘The 4 am Mystery‘, the speaker entertainingly presents his findings on why 4 am has achieved cult status in popular culture as that most fearful hour when being able to sleep seems like a sick joke and the highlight reel of one’s entire life, featuring every regret, fear and wrong turn flashes before the eyes.  For me, 4 am, and often 2.30, is Seneca, the Yoda of Stoicism,  standing by my bed in a chalky toga, slapping me in the face and pouring cold shivers down my spine.

“Get up you lazy son of a bitch! You’ve got stuff to do, plans to make, things to create!”

What was ancient Roman for ‘lazy son of a bitch’? Well, Seneca, thanks, I’m up. I hope you’re happy. I just wish I didn’t feel like I’ve been punched in the face by a lunatic panda. Right, now who’s with me for saving the world?

Dive into some Seneca, if you dare.


Katy 1 year ago

WOW! I love that You got up and were productive!!! I say You rock!!! My poor man wakes up often and just lays there. For hours. I call him the Buddha. God! When I wake, I don’t do what either of You do. I get up and put a documentary or quiet show that I like on and try to follow it. The second I try to use my brain I crash back out. Thank God!!!! I would go crazy doing what Bill does and if I followed suit with You I would FOR SURE take a long nap. I’d just do a face plant at some point! Intentionally or not!!! Your blog was cool….and with butterfly effect and all You DID change the world! HA! You made this little corner of the peanut gallery smile. CHEERS!!! Rock on and go take a nap!!! 🙂


abrapin 1 year ago

Thanks so much Katy!!! Haha yeah I just woke up from a little siesta! Feeling somewhat revived 🙂 I hope you take the opportunity to ask your Buddha some deep and meaningful questions! And that’s a great tip about watching a documentary, I’m going to try that – got any to recommend? Thanks for the wonderful comments, I’m really happy I sent some goodness your way. Just don’t expect it every 2.30 am haha! 😀


Niharika Jaiswal 1 year ago

I needed to be reminded of it, thanks!


abrapin 1 year ago

My pleasure! Thanks for reading 🙂
– Stay well, Abraham


Bespoke Traveler 1 year ago

???? If only that wide-awake feeling could last the whole day. Hope you had a lovely nap in between saving the world.


abrapin 1 year ago

LOL yes that would be amazing ???? Let me know if you ever figure out how to do that! Thanks yes I took a nap around 11.30 that day for an hour and felt pretty refreshed. And guess what it’s 3.30 am and I’m up again. The world must need saving again!

Thanks so much for reading and your kind words 🙂 – Abraham


Lisa Dorenfest 1 year ago

I’m totally with you for saving the world ????. I just hope we can do it between 6A and 10P


abrapin 1 year ago

Haha brilliant! Yes! Let’s do this!:D


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