I wake up at night more frequently than I used to. I’m not convinced this is yet another sign of getting old, yet, I could be wrong.
Lately (and I’m not proud to admit this), when I wake up I often reach for my cell phone and proceed to track down news feeds. My favorites—labeled by some as “Fake News”— include the New York Times, CNN, and Rachel Maddow.
I track them down at 2:32 A.M. or 3:48 A.M. or whenever sleep eludes me, in hopes that a new development has emerged out of Washington. Another White House shakeup. A resignation maybe. Perhaps the answer to all my dreams, impeachment proceedings.
About two hours ago—realizing I needed a nap—I decided to change my ways. Sleep is simply too valuable. I’m going to see how long I can fast from all political stories coming out of D.C.
Filling the void, I’m going to give more attention to the natural world around me, to contemplate and appreciate those things which, according to Jesus, neither toil nor spin.
Three images on Old Mission Peninsula in Northern Michigan taken by this former news junkie.
Top: last light of day reflecting on Grand Traverse Bay
Middle: wild flowers on M37
Bottom: flowers for sale at roadside stand.
I think I’m going to sleep better tonight.