Spiritually purposeful nights

Most people spend perhaps a third of their lives in a very dark, very confined, very small geographical area—their beds.

Could those six or eight hours be better spent? We can take steps toward making night hours more spiritually purposeful. One step is to gain a better understanding of voluntary and involuntary action.

Normally, we divide actions into those we have control over and actions that have control over us. When we walk, that's voluntary action. We make the decision. When a muscle twitches, that's called involuntary action. The decision doesn't appear to be ours. Our whole lives, in fact, appear to be made up of events, some of which we govern, others beyond our control.

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A lesson in not giving up
January 14, 1980

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