Things feel the best when you need them the most.
Last night, when I got home from a conference, I had one bad case of jet lag. I felt as if I had spent the last two days in a b-15 bomber, and couldn’t remember what time it was. Such a terrible feeling!
However, the experience reminded me of one critical point about human wellness: Things feel best when I need them the most. It always seems that my sleep is never as good after a simple day at work, compared to a laborious day dealing with attitudes, mountains of paperwork and stressed out friends. It always seems that desert tastes best when not eaten all day, but in modesty and moderation. It always seems that love is seen best when hate is finally realized the most Life seems the most vibrant immediately after death has been subdued.
Before I got off the plane, I was already daydreaming about the beauty sleep I’d get once I arrived home. Since the gym in the hotel was under maintenance, I was unable to workout while on travel. Have you know, I also daydreamed about the opportunity to get back on the bench press.
Chocolate candy always tastes better when one has gone without its joyful taste for a year.
Ultimately, the experiences driving us to need replenishment reminded me of the fact that the things we indulge in - such as sleep for some - theses things always feel and work best when we really need them. In their own ways, they keep us from reaching the threshold of arrogance, confidence, and ungratefulness. And we should never forget that.
We should aim to work ourselves deeply, for the sake of others and for the sake of ourselves (Ecclesiastes 9:10).