Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all well. Life is busy, busy, busy. School started last week, of course, stake priesthood meeting was on Sunday, and I have been working almost non-stop on my middle-grade suburban fantasy manuscript. And, I mean non-stop. Like staying up until 1 or 2, working on it at lunch, on breaks, and so on.
(However, I do want to assure my wife that I did nothing with it during sacrament meeting yesterday. She has grave concerns about my level of reverence from time to time and busted me once when I was the bishop for blogging during priest's quorum. Now that my calling takes me out of our ward most weeks, she lives in fear of what wild things I might be doing on any given Sunday).
On Saturday, I did something that I think was really remarkable. I slept in. I was exhausted from staying up most of Thursday night writing (remember the MG fantasy novel I mentioned?) I then woke up, opened the refrigerator and made some breakfast. I mowed the lawn and spent the rest of the day writing.
Why is that remarkable?
I'm so glad you asked. I am a history buff. Don't know much, but I love to read about it. And even with my limited knowledge, I am quite comfortable saying that we have the best and easiest lives of any people who have ever lived on this earth in any place or time. I'm serious about this. We live in unprecedented comfort and prosperity. We routinely do things that our forebearers couldn't have dreamed of.
Historically speaking, it is absolutely unheard of that we have the leisure time that we do. To sleep in, prepare a meal using ingredients we didn't have to hunt/grow/chase is really quite remarkable. To be able to spend one's time writing a novel about seventh graders and their teachers instead of fighting hostile marauders, wrestling food out of the ground, or slaving over a hot stove is so familiar to us. And I know I take it for granted. But really, it's pretty remarkable and I ought to be grateful for it.
I know this may seem strange, but with as many problems as we have, personally and in our society, I think it's good to stop and re
For most of human history, simply surviving was a matter of constant and unremitting toil.
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