Monday, 1 November 2010


身体好 is an age-old saying which means, "early rest and early rise brings good health". it can't be more true. in fact, i learnt recently that it carries with it a special meaning...

i have been watching a HK drama on a famous scholar called Tang Bo Hu and in the last episode, Tang Bo Hu wanted to leave the imperial courts to lead a simple life with the love of his life Qiu Xiang so the Emperor asked him...

Emperor: can you tell me how I can be a good emperor?
Tang Bo Hu: i give you 4 words - 早睡早起.
Emperor: 早睡早起??
Tang Bo Hu: yeah. an emperor who leads a life of debauchery getting drunk on wine and engaging in fornication will naturally not be able to wake up early and an oppressive ruler who is not just and righteous will natural not be able to go to sleep at night and sleep well. So, to be a good emperor, you have to 早睡早起.

wa, so true hor? The Emperor was very enlightened by his reply and amazed that 4 simple words 早睡早起 have such profound implications.

In the Bible, King Darius did something wrong and couldn't sleep. He listened to bad counsel and threw Daniel,  a man of God, into the lions' den and the bible records in Daniel 6:

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!"
 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

You can read the story here

i find it true for us (commoners) too... if you have any bad habits or addictions, or if you have done something wrong, you won't be able to 早睡早起.

The Bible also says in Proverbs 3:

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
       do not let them out of your sight;
 22 they will be life for you,
       an ornament to grace your neck.
 23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
       and your foot will not stumble;
 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
       when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

you can read the whole passage here

King David knew this very well and he made an oath to God in Psalm 132:

3 "I will not enter my house
       or go to my bed-
 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes,
       no slumber to my eyelids,
 5 till I find a place for the LORD,
       a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."

hope everyone can 早睡早起!!

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