Here I am, taking up pen and paper again after a long winter’s nap. The first part of the day, before I slept, felt like being in a haze, under water — but at the time it felt normal. Not until I woke up from the nap did I realize how clear my mind is in comparison.

How often do people just plow through their day, making choices and decisions in a befuddled haze, when they just need to take a good nap?

But enough. What is it that my more-clear brain wants to share with the world? “Take more naps.” Oooh, profound.

The first thing that happened when I woke up was Summer, the puppy, stuck her nose in my ear. I laughed and grabbed at her, and we wrestled for a bit on the bed. So there’s another message from my cleared-up brain: Play with the puppy.

My brain has been as clogged as my sinuses of late. It feels more like a bad cold than you-know-what, but I have limited my contact with the outside world in these timid times. I am still sniffling, but my mind seems less clogged. Or perhaps it is that I haven’t picked up my iPhone today. Perhaps it’s the electronic toy that pulls the drapes across my mind.

My cleared-up brain cries: Leave the iPhone alone.

So: Take more naps. Play with the puppy. Leave the iPhone alone. Could there be three more sound bits of advice for a better life?

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