For the last week or so I’ve been waking up at 2:30 am. Wide awake. Which has been driving me (and my wife) crazy.
My diet/routine/etc. hasn’t changed lately, but I’ve tried varying them anyway to see if I could figure out what’s going on. No difference–still wide awake at 2:30 am.
Then, day before yesterday, my wife suggested: “You know, maybe something inside needs to talk to you and is trying to get your attention. Instead of getting up and trying to do something ‘productive’, why not just stop and listen.”
Which, of course, was a stunningly marvelous idea. And it reminded me of the story of Samuel in the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible (I Samuel 3). Samuel ultimately becomes a great spiritual leader of Israel, but at this point in his story he’s a boy in the care of Eli the temple priest (King James version):
(1) And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no vision. (2) And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; (3) and ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; (4) that the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. (5) And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. (6) And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. (7) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. (8) And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. (9) Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (10) And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
So, yesterday morning, like clockwork I was wide awake at 2:30 again, but this time I got up and sat quietly with my journal. The results were pretty darn interesting…
One of the things I’ve been thinking about, and became clear to me In The Still Of The Night at 2:30 am, is that I need to expand the scope of my blog: I’d like to explore the Creative Life. And that’s not just for artists/musicians–we ALL need creative solutions to the challenges of Life, and to keep growing personally. And this poor planet could sure use some new creative solutions to a long list of problems. So, with your indulgence, I’d like to start sharing my own little victories and insights, and perhaps you might be moved to share some of yours, and we can all become just a little more creative and whole together!
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