Early to rise

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying in the Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1735, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Living in Donetsk, Ukraine during the summer it is somewhat easy to ‘rise’ early, even if one doesn’t care to do so.    The sun tends to rise very early here, soon after the clock strikes 4 a.m.  I haven’t set my alarm one day this week as it seems I am waking up earlier and earlier.

Unfortunately, I can’t see to do the first part, go to bed early!  I used to be a person that did go to bed early.  Then, during seminary, it seemed that I never went to bed until 11 p.m. or later and I have been unable to change this.

I haven’t set an alarm one day this week.  And, even though I didn’t go to bed until 11:30 p.m. last night, I began waking up when I first noticed the light peeking into my bedroom.  I “woke” up at 6:30 and eventually got out of the bed soon after.

This proverb by Franklin leaves little room for interpretation as to the meaning.  It is understood as encouragement to hard work.  While there may be some truth to the saying, I might as well stay un-wealthy and I don’t think my habit of going to bed late is going to change any time soon.