She Would Not Let Me Sleep

It is often tempting to press the snooze alarm in the morning. Why do we do that? We are not ready to get up. We want to sleep “just ten minutes longer,” but that extra sleep never leaves us feeling more rested. It also robs us of valuable time each morning, making us less productive and more rushed.

Almost three weeks ago I committed to get up each morning without hitting the snooze along with the commitment to spend time writing each morning. I have succeeded in writing each morning, and with maybe one exception I have succeeded in not hitting the snooze.

This morning, however, I gave into temptation. I woke up a few hours before I usually get up on Sundays. I let my cat in and then went back to sleep for a few hours on the couch. When the alarm sounded I hit the snooze and went back to the couch. As I lay on the couch I thought that I should not do that because giving in this time would make it easier to give in again, but I remained on the couch.

Then my cat began meowing. She wanted to go back outside, and when she has her heart set on going outside she will not give up. I tried to rest, but she continued meowing. When she is determined, she can make herself impossible to ignore. So after a few moments I thought, “Okay! I will get up!”

I let her out, and then I got dressed and prepared my breakfast. Sometimes pets can be annoying, but this time it was for the best. I was able to take my time eating breakfast and finish my morning writing before leaving.

About henrywm

I am a graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. I am interested in Christian theology and church history. I also enjoy science fiction and stories which wrestle with deep questions.
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