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Grasshopper soup: Wake up nice and slow

Bob Sweigert
Special to the Sun

Life is good when the most difficult choice you face waking up is whether or not you are going to have a doughnut and coffee morning or a healthy morning. Being able to lay in bed as long as you want just thinking about it is frosting on the cake. But why struggle choosing between donuts or blueberry pancakes? If youand#8217;re hungry, choose both!

There are so many wonderful choices to ponder while lying in bed waiting for the heater to kick in. The best part is you donand#8217;t have to choose any of them. If thinking about it is too hard, you are doing something wrong. The right way to think is to think as if you are falling asleep. And you probably will. Never let thinking get in the way of a good loss of consciousness. It happens to the best of us.

Speaking of last weekand#8217;s bipartisan summit on health care. Those poor politicians looked like they were forced to watch curling all day, and took it out on each other.

I like to think of sleeping as the lazy manand#8217;s nirvana. Sorting through our worldly concerns as we prepare to face the day is the last thing we need to do first thing in the morning. Thereand#8217;s nothing we can do about all those things as the world slowly comes into focus anyway. An empty, Zen mind is better. Cross all those other bridges when you get to them, but watch out. Some of them may be under heavy enemy fire.

Shoot for nirvana, and for Godand#8217;s sake, donand#8217;t think about anything. Youand#8217;ve made your decision. Sleep on it. If you have no choice and absolutely have to get out of bed, donand#8217;t be too serious about it, even if you are expecting big problems. If you feel serious, driven and grumpy, as if getting up to go to work is like preparing for a fight, at least do it with a smile. But it may be better for everyone if you stay in bed.

Hopefully you made the right job choice. If not, you may be trapped. If you quit your job you wonand#8217;t qualify for unemployment. If you donand#8217;t show up, youand#8217;ll get fired, and still not qualify. If you call in sick youand#8217;ll have to get a note from the doctor. Just count your blessings that at least you woke up in the land of the free, or so you thought.

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Ah, yes, the inescapable, grim realities of the economics of life on planet earth.

Waking up as a busy, highly responsible professional is not for everyone. If you know how to do it, you are way ahead of most people. If you change the rules as you go just because you are in charge, when the swamp is full of alligators you have only yourself to blame. True professionalism is humility, service, cheerfulness, honesty, positive communication and realistic, positive expectations of ourselves and others. Those rare qualities are like money and love and#8212; thereand#8217;s no such thing as too much.

But a life ruled by the clock and the almighty dollar has become the norm. Productivity and profit are necessary but, when they become more important than the individual person, the quality of all our lives suffers. If the only thing we get out of bed for is money and work, we are nothing more than ants, and maybe even slaves.

I have two alarm clocks. One is an old fashion wind-up clock with a brass hammer between two brass bells. When that hammer slams against those bells like a machine gun, it is loud enough to wake the dinosaurs. The other alarm is in my head. It is natural and quiet, in spite of all the other noise in there.

Some people love life so much they donand#8217;t want to miss a thing. They say they will have plenty of time to sleep when they die. They wonand#8217;t have anything to worry about when the government taxes us for sleeping.

A positive attitude isnand#8217;t enough. Keep your guard up. Life is a double edged sword. Keep it sharp. Hopefully the only thing youand#8217;ll need it for is to butter your toast.

Bob Sweigert is a Sierra Sun columnist, published poet, ski instructor and commercial driver. He’s lived at Lake Tahoe for 27 years.