BLOG 226—Sleeping Away Your Life?

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life differently or better.

*** The joy I am experiencing in life is a marvelous thing!
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*** Hit by two trucks, one involving a 37-day coma, I remain happy.
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*** Thanks, my wife, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
*** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
*** Secrets to unfold and good news!


To the right is a photo of me from the 1970s with my van; (see Jon Held and my unicycle on top?)

Today I awoke at 1am, up for the day I am.
Sleep has never been that important to me and, to me, seems a waste of time.
But humans need to sleep; we all need different lengths of time for our sleep.
I do well on four or five hours each night.
And as you might know, I once slept for 37 days–as my mind was healing from a traumatic brain injury. You must remember sleep is essential for your health. It refreshes the mind and repairs the brain and body.

Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, poor concentration and memory, mood disturbances, impaired judgment and reaction time, and poor physical coordination. It can also put you at more risk of accidents and injury.
Restorative sleep also helps the body stay healthy and stave off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly. This kind of sleep can impair your ability to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories.
Most adults require at least seven hours (it varies, I get four or five) of nightly sleep. Children and teenagers need more sleep, mainly if they are younger than five.
Work schedules, day-to-day stressors, juggling practice, a disruptive bedroom setting, and medical essentials can prevent us from getting enough sleep for our bodies and mind.

A healthy diet and positive lifestyle practices can help ensure sufficient sleep each night – but for some, chronic lack of sleep may be the first sign of a sleep disorder. I do not believe I have any sleep disorder; what could that mean?
Our brain regulates our sleep cycle, controlling when you feel tired, ready for bed, or refreshed. Our mind operates on a 24-hour circadian rhythm. After awakening, you can become increasingly tired throughout the day. These feelings peak in the evening leading up to bedtime. I usually awake early, but tiredness comes on in many afternoons.
Light also affects your circadian rhythm. The brain contains a particular region of nerve cells known as the hypothalamus and a cluster of cells in the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, which processes when the eyes are exposed to natural or artificial light.
As natural light fades in the evening, the body will release melatonin, a hormone that induces drowsiness. The body releases cortisol when the sun rises in the morning, promoting energy and alertness.
YES–Your brain is incredible!
Will you sleep better tonight?
What new stories are you ready to write?

Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.
They are so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy, happiness, and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.
I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.
How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking.


Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real time. You have this control!
You have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking —and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so essential—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.


1. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything.” Irish Proverb

  1. “Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.” Tom Roth
  2. “Sleeping is nice. You forget about everything for a little while.” Anonymous
  3. “Dream big while you sleep, and even bigger when you’re awake.” Jared Leto
  4. “Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.” Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Sleep is the real beauty secret, but I don’t get enough of that.” Chelsea Leyland
  6. “I love sleep.” Ernest Hemingway
  7. “It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” John Steinbeck
  8. “All you need is sleep.” Anonymous
  9. “Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later.” Walter Reisch
  10. “There is a time for many words and a time for sleep.” Homer
  11. “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” Leonardo da Vinci
  12. “Sleep is such a luxury.” Robin Sikarwar
  13. “Sleep is crucial to success.” ATGW

Each week goes by so quickly.
And time is going faster all the time.
Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Do this for a few weeks, and you will see your time differently.
6/17–Once again, I awoke early at about 1 am, up for the day I am. I think the brain injury and 37-day coma I went through caused me little sleep. Overall, it seems that my limited sleep does not affect me incorrectly.

Do you know about humans and sleep? Will you educate me?
It keeps me busy with many projects, that’s a good thing.
6/18–Slept in until 3 am today.
I do not sleep much; during the days, I feel great, though.
Looks like we are going to have a ton of tomatoes, care for some? I have five different varieties and they are all coming up great. Some Horn Worms are trying to harvest our plants for themselves, but Beth is taking care of that.
6/19–Worked on the bedroom that we are improving. Beth found a mural of a forest scene that I put up. We will paint the molding yellow and green to match the mural.
Rather than just painting each wall with a color, then painting borders and molding with the same color but glossy, I wanted to pick various colors that go well together, and that is how it is. Each room in our house has different colors and schemes; I like that.
6/20–We have our house; the rabbits must also have their house. Today I built a hutch that is larger and will contain several rabbits. Like many projects I develop, I still need to figure out the exact steps to the desired result. My mind finds ways to get things together once I get started.
But I am hoping for a reduction in the rabbit population here, so why would I be building new rabbit hutches? (Beth speaks: YOU are hoping for a reduction. I love my rabbits.)
Our gardens are flourishing. You will see some photos of cucumbers; they proliferate and are big.
The cats like their basket, too.

Poured rain for most of the day. Beth was driving, and we went to Lowes to get some products. The rain started coming down so hard that Beth had to pull over for a time because the rain was that heavy.
The sky seemed to clear up, so we doubled back and tried to get through again. Wrong. We hit the bad weather again and decided not to try. We went home and will try again tomorrow. We get some things done around the house.
6/22–We made the drive to Lowes and also went to >>
We have been gathering food for the future. Things on earth are getting complicated, and food will be saved for our future needs.
Our home is off the main drag; we are safer back here. Yet, I will change the house to keep us even more secure. I do not look at the future with dread; I live with joy and hope and make the future we will live.
Beth remembered a place she wanted to visit in Abbeville called Two Brews. We went by, and they were closed today. Coffee for Bethie another day.
Is this something you are doing to make your life safer?
Should you look into future changes for yourself?
6/23–Leaving early, we dropped my van off at:
I will be traveling on Tuesday and want to make sure my van is running to its best ability. My van is in great shape; it will be a fun drive.

Today I performed again for the local senior center. Hard to imagine; I am a senior, too.

This morning we discovered some Oyster Mushrooms, a site to see.

Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
“Make” a great week for yourself.

This week, pick a room in your home and clean it entirely; remove extra stuff that does not serve a purpose, and paint where needed. Then, do that for every room in your abode.
Do something new daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.
On Tuesday, I will be driving to >>
I will present my juggling workshop on July 3, after the festival.
I look forward to getting back on the road.
You will be reading about my trip next week.


  1. Phyllis Lynch June 23, 2023 Reply

    As always, Kit, I so enjoy your writings!!! Its actually POURING here as i type to you also. We (Bernie and I) are in MD on the Elk River sitting in our 3 season room. The rain is beating down and LOUD on the roof! lol
    I am OBSESSING over my sleep so i find this very interesting and SOME DAY i will research this more. My android watch tracks my sleep and lately i get ZERO MINUTES of deep sleep. About 7-8 hours of sleep per nite and ZERO deep sleep. Definitely concerning as i google it and it talks about al the illnesses that may come as a result, etc.
    Anyway….have a safe trip! Hope you and Beth have fun, wherever you are going!!!!

  2. Jessica June 23, 2023 Reply

    I love all your photos, your positive words and that Irish quote. You will behaving your juggling workshop on July 3,my birthday. I’ll be a young 85 year old that day!
    My second book “A Spiritual Awakening: In Search of Hidden Jewels” will be published in August. I will send you the Review.
    Keep up your lovely work, and many blessings to you and Beth.Love you both very much.

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    Kit June 24, 2023 Reply

    Thanks for your words, Jessica.
    You are an amazing woman.

  4. Jeff June 25, 2023 Reply

    Your note on oyster mushrooms was very informative and timely, just a couple hours later bringing dogs for run saw some. Reading up on them now have good addition for cooking. Sounds like they taste better cooked.

    Your mural coming along nicely as well as your garden! Happy travels. Have you been to Estes park in Colorado? Place like to go for wildlife.

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    Kit Summers June 25, 2023 Reply

    Do you know, Jeff, are oyster mushrooms edible?

    I’ve been to Estes Park a few times and love it there. I went to every national park in the US, and love the wilderness.

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