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"Now, thieving time..."


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's on days like this that I remember, I am 66 years old going on 67...
Tension-producing developments at work lead to lack of sleep and I finally hit bottom and fall asleep, heavily asleep, for two hours on the sofa when I should be finishing a task.
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So what do I do? Listen to my body, which perhaps is warning me that it needs rest to be ready for the coming onslaught of rehearsals and masses...and read a murder mystery!

No, I do NOT feel this old yet, but I could not resist sharing this quotation with you.

"Now, thieving Time, take what you must --
Quickness to hear, to move, to see;
When dust is drawing near to dust
Such diminutions needs must be.
Yet leave, O leave exempt from plunder
My curiosity, my wonder!"

- Mark Antony DeWolfe Howe, quoted by M. C. Beaton in Death of a Dustman

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/10/2012 9:16PM

    Sleep is a beautiful thing. Enjoy!

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MERRIKATE 4/6/2012 4:53PM

    THAT was what we used to call a Power Nap, I think, one that grew because you needed it to. I take MUCH comfort in the recent research on the blessed benefits of sleep in keeping us youthful -- having just a month ago turned 67, this info is music to more than merely my ears! Being right-rested keeps the brain young and changing in GOOD ways, and that so splendidly protects our curiosity, our wonder from the filtering veils of time's dust. When I retired from my career, my physician looked me in the eyes and firmly murmured, "Now, sleep, sleep, sleep -- no more excuses." I did, too. Did much to turn retirement into re-FIRE-ment! All our systems benefit deeply.

Yup -- the secret of a vibrant ripening for us IS "listen to your body"! So glad you did that this time, HURRAY for self-healing!

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STRIVER57 3/29/2012 1:27PM

    i like that ... based on how distractible i am when doing work-related research online, curiosity is not something i risk losing. fortunately. when you need to nap ... you need to. wishing you better sleep.

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CELLISTA1 3/29/2012 11:44AM

    Being this age is such a mixed bag! (I'm the same age as you! When is your birthday?) I'm extremely grateful for the increased wisdom and understanding. I'm nicer now! - and definitely more caring toward other people. My relationship (love affair) with food has changed for the better. But I used to be prettier, slimmer...

I love to sleep and do plenty of it. How many hours do you sleep at night, usually?

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CALLIKIA 3/29/2012 10:01AM

    Truth? I fell asleep, like HARD asleep at my desk yesterday about 15 minutes before quitting time. I'd been fighting it for 3 days, and then BAM! My coworker woke me up when she came in to ask if I was ready to leave for the day. My calendar says I'm 31...lately I feel every bit of it and more!

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CELLO23 3/29/2012 8:17AM

    Well, there is something glorious about deep, well-earned sleep - very restorative. So enjoy it and revel in it, say I! This word 'should' is quite pernicious and it's worth asking 'says who?' Sometimes the answer is surprising!

And your quote is spot-on - a sense of wonder and curiosity is the key to being youthful. And plenty young people don't have one and are far from seeming youthful! Sometimes I feel very immature. But what the heck :)

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JOY73YL 3/28/2012 7:03PM

    Kayaking - what fun. Keep it up. The calendar says I'm 75 but I really think I'm 25 going one 24.
My kids, "We are older then that!". Me, "That's your problem no mine!!!" emoticon

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