STOP AND THINK – We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. (Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American Writer, Philosopher, and Naturalist)
Thoreau was not speaking of sleeping sickness or a penchant for “sleeping in.” No doubt, he was thinking of discouragement or even depression—a withdrawal from life, an inability to face life as it is. To keep going with anticipation demands looking forward with expectation, assuming there is something worthwhile to accomplish, some worthy goal to achieve.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. (Proverbs 20:13)