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December 28, 2013

“Read not The Times, read the The Eternities.” -- Thoreau

The morning is to the night as virtue is to vice.

It follows that one should so arrange one’s life as to secure the maximum quantity of morning. Arise early, before the birds. The true lover of silence finds even the birds too noisy. In the morning all is cool, clean, and quiet. The worldlings are asleep, the universe is yours. Now read something worth reading, something that inspires, improves, ennobles, challenges. Maverick Philosopher: How Not to Begin the Day

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 28, 2013 4:16 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I used to be like that. But now I'm and octogenarian and I sleep as long as my bladder will let me.

Posted by: BillH at December 28, 2013 1:52 PM

I think this is the one New Year's resolution I will keep. I would only add this: End the day as you begin it. In silence.

Posted by: Jewel at December 28, 2013 2:40 PM

I have given up the Times. I try to not even link to any of its articles. Sad what journalism and entertainment have become.

Posted by: grace at December 28, 2013 9:43 PM

Ahhh... yes.

In the evening, there is the instinct to 'settle in' for the night. Once 'Settling in' occurs, the desire - and ability - to get work done falls to nearly zero. These days I try to make this transition official with a hot shower.

Settling in is...well ... Sunday - or as Sunday ought to be: Of overall thoughts of things that transcend day to day worries. Perfect for going to sleep.

The morning is just the reverse of evening. On my off work days - to slowly wake up and think about things that transcend day to day affairs, while daily tasks wait 'in the corridor' with their appeals to the duties of the day. Once ready, take a shower and start the day, using mealtimes as landmarks of progression of duties fulfilled (work-days still has that unsettling 'kick-start' I am trying to abolish from my personal life).

Still clanking along with a 'burned out clutch'... but at least things are finally getting done with barely adequate speed.

Posted by: cond0011 at January 1, 2014 6:19 AM

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