Saturday, January 2, 2010

Passion Party #131 - Early To Rise

There is wonder
in these early hours
the hum of the 405 freeway
creeping through my window

Sometimes it is just
wonder that I am able to wake up
other times the clarity is alarming
my thoughts refreshed by sleep
leading down tangential paths

The belief that rising early brings reward
has a long history, from Confucius to Ben Franklin to the Dalai Lama
It stems from our agrarian history
when we needed all the daylight hours
to till the soil so we could feed ourselves and our family
and even though I no longer farm the land
there is still magic left in these early hours

"No one who can rise before dawn 360 days fails to make his family rich." - Ancient Chinese Proverb

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