Tuesday in Holy Week

Don’t go back to sleep—13th century poet Rumi

I love a nap. I love a good night’s sleep. So at first Rumi was imploring me to go against my instincts. But as I read more, I began to understand. Maybe I am sleeping through a life obsessed about money, but nothing to show for it but money in the end. Maybe I wake up having slept through my children’s lives, a marriage, or truly knowing my parents. How often do we wish we had stopped the car and seen a bed of flowers, a sunset, or a part of history. ( Suzy is laughing at me right now).

As Lent ends it is time to examine the trance we live. How do we measure our lives? Is our measure one of material success or are we as Gandhi suggests are we the “change we want to see in the world?”

There is always time to wake up and not go back to sleep.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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