Day 16: Sleep

Even on the sunniest of days, it can be difficult to stay upbeat.

As I rushed from one arrangement to the next, my mind waxed incoherence about the purpose of it all.  There were simply too many people and not enough space. It was cold. My feet hurt. I was tired.

At a coffee date later, I found myself turning zombie-like. I might as well have. Eyes rolled to the back of my head, synapses mis-navigating, and me thirsting for…sleep.

Truthfully, it was a great day.  I supported a friend/mentor in a social media lecture at SUNY and got the chance to meet with an awesome company about a potential partnership. I saw 2 friends over coffee and dinner. I ate, conversed, and laughed (albeit deliriously).

And I’m in New York, where places like this are commonplace. Pinch me. Sometimes I fail to remember.

You fail to see the beauty in things when your mind is struggling to stay awake. I have deprived myself of so much sleep this past week tying up loose ends – attending a late networking event, sending last emails, writing these posts – that I forget about the larger vision behind all these tasks. The key to unlocking big ideas is not to keep your eyes open all the time; it’s to close them regularly so you can achieve grander things when awake. As Arianna Huffington says, sleep your way to the top.

There you have it. Rather than belabor the point, I’m going to heed these words and head to bed. It’s a Friday night and temptation is out there. Thank goodness for a friend who just sent me this text:

Gosh, I am blessed. I’ll sleep to that!

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