I have pronounced to friends and families for years and years and years that I am a napper! That's right! While most adults declare proudly that they can't nap because it messes up the rest of the day, I can nap. I can even power nap. Just yesterday, in fact, I took a 10 minute nap, and it was fantastic! I just set my little old watch timer, lay my head back, and let my mind wander. Writing this post at 7:30 in the morning makes me eager about my nap this afternoon!
When reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort this morning with my breakfast cookie and milk, I was delighted to read all about naps. What delighted me most about her quips about naps was how accurately she described their meaning in life and their transformative powers:
"A nap is not to be confused with sleeping. We sleep to recharge our bodies. We nap to care for our souls. When we nap, we are resting our eyes while our imaginations soar. Getting ready for the next round. Sorting, sifting, separating the profound from the profane, the possible from the improbable....If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, napping is not optional" (November 27th).
Oh, Sarah, how right you are. When my mood starts feeling down, my stress level high, and my patience fading, I just need a nap. A little time just for me....in my bedroom, covered up under some blankets, letting my mind drift and my tension ease. My daughter had finally learned to only come and talk to me during this time if she needs to be rushed to the ER or the house is on fire.
So, this Thanksgiving, I wish you a nap. A time to relish in the idea that life must be more than just running around like crazy to prove that you must be "busy" to be worthy. I am grateful this Thanksgiving for many, many things, including the wisdom to know that naps are more than sleep.