Confession: I’m kind of a “hard charger”. By this, I mean that I can be moderately (to extremely) driven, perfectionistic, focused, intense. These qualities can serve me well [example: they have allowed me to achieve a variety of accomplishments in my life thus far], but they can also be problematic [example: though I have been working on it for over three years now, it’s still very difficult for me to just sit still and actually relax].
This morning my alarm clock didn’t go off, and as a result I unintentionally slept an extra two hours beyond what I normally do. I woke up to a lot more light in the bedroom than what I’m accustomed to seeing; and before I even saw the time I pretty much knew that it was already “late” in the day.
While my mind was irritated that I already felt “behind” before my feet even hit the floor under my bed, my body has been absolutely delighting in the extra boost of shuteye. Physically I felt a lot more refreshed and alert than I have in quite some time; and interestingly, emotionally I have felt a lot more calm and at ease. My ego may not have appreciated the unexpected/unanticipated/unplanned late start; but my heart has absolutely reveled in it.
So, here’s to sleeping in every now and again – it does a body (and spirit) good!
(And as soon as I wrote that last line, I was reminded of this 80s flashback…)