Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: SNOOZE (07/20/17)
- TITLE: Accepting Who I am (a perspective)
By M. C. Syben
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A-types need little sleep. Like a race car, they go over a hundred miles an hour but never seem to run out of gas. I had envied them all my life. “If only a magic potion would appear to morph me into an A,” I wished. I had always needed naps even as a young adult. I remained B-type into my Senior years.
It wouldn’t have been so bad if A-types understood we B’s, but my personal experience proved they either they didn’t comprehend the intrinsic-ness of my nature, cajoling me to “get a move on,” or they were too busy to recognize my existence. They didn’t require forty-winks, catnaps, or even become weary so how could they understand?
I took their go-get-'em attitudes personally until I learned that a percentage of people naturally require more shut-downs, recuperating time, re-grouping into their own space—that’s me. If an A-type doesn’t accept me now, I move on, wishing them love as I go. There is nothing wrong with being a B-type. After all, remember Martha and Mary?
"Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Martha complained. The Lord answered, "…you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." I believe the Lord defended a B-type personality!
During my last surgery, a few months ago, (rotator cuff), I spent a lot of time in the chair with my arm in a huge sling to prevent movement for a couple of weeks. At first, I felt that old, not-being-productive guilt. Then, I settled into it—ahhh, I admit meds helped. I caught up with movies I never saw on Netflix. I watched more evangelism shows than ever, praying for the healing of course.
I endured Physical Therapy making sure I practiced every day at home too. But most of all I snoozed. My full motion returned fast. Now, if any anxieties creep in, happily I drop off into Siesta land—even five minutes helps. How lucky am I? A-types don’t know what they are missing.
While A’s keep the world’s wheels turning, we B’s enjoy a timelessness. In our sleep, we may create solutions, compose music, artwork, or prose and poetry. How many computer games developed during a good snooze? But the best part of being B-type? My slower pace allows me to just plain enjoy the little things…my pets, sunsets, listening to the ocean, etc. Accepting myself allows creative juices to flow in all areas of life.
Don’t fight the drowsiness. Go ahead, try it. Put your feet up and catch some zzzzs. I’ve learned it’s awesome to be a human “being,” and not always a human “doing.”
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