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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 at 2.30am. I’m not tired at all. My mind is doing burpees. I want to go make coffee. I want to do stuff… like save the world. So I make coffee, check emails and work on my blog for a bit. Now it’s 9.11 and I’m ready to crash. Can’t see myself making it to noon. Shit.

The intention was there. Still is…still want to save the world. But I may need a nap first.

How’s your 2.30am going? Or is it 3 or 4? In the entertaining TED Talk ‘The 4am Mystery, the speaker explains why 4am has achieved cult status as that most feared hour when insomnia triggers the highlight reel of our deepest regrets and wrong turns.  For me, 4am, and sometimes 2.30, is Seneca, the Godfather of Stoicism, standing by my bed in a chalky toga, slapping me in the face and yelling,

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

What’s Latin for ‘lazy son of a bitch’? Well, Seneca, thanks, I’m up. I hope you’re happy. I just wish you’d given me another hour’s kip.

Right, now who’s with me for saving the world?


Katy 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

I needed to be reminded of it, thanks!


abrapin 2 years ago

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


Bespoke Traveler 2 years ago

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


abrapin 2 years 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 2 years ago

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


abrapin 2 years ago

Haha brilliant! Yes! Let’s do this!:D


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