Sleep is not only for the weak

Posted on October 27, 2010


I have a feeling that our wanting not to sleep, especially when we do not have anything urgent or important to do, points to our deepest desire not to die — to be active and indeed to live forever.

We often do not welcome the idea of ending our day, but that will never change the truth that even good days come to an end. And that is the only way to have a new day all over again. To live a fuller life, it will do us well to accept this reality and recharge for the next morning with a good night’s sleep.

Likewise, we often prefer to elude the thought of our death. But our never-ending to-do lists and the gadgets and hyperlinks that open whole new dimensions to our limited minds, have no power to change the truth that we will one day die.

To live a fuller life, it will do us well to accept this reality and always prepare for it.  Have we become too caught up with the trappings of life that we have forgotten the essentials? Before we are lulled to our mortal sleep, have we accomplished the things that will truly make us rest in peace?

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You” — St. Augustine of Hippo