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Suppose a woman conceives a child then commences binge eating. This woman eats odes of food in the morning, loads of food in the afternoon, tons of food at night. In addition to eating of loads of food, she binges on prenatal vitamins, bangs on her doctor’s door every week (as opposed to once a month), never misses a prenatal stretch session, watches tons of videos on how to have the best pregnancy ever.

Guess what? None of the above actions will enable giving of birth to a fully formed child before the 7th month of pregnancy. No matter how much the woman in question eats, how much she drinks, how much of prenatal vitamins she consumes, how many times she sees her doctor, no matter the quality of her stretch exercises or pregnancy videos, if she gives birth prior to third trimester of pregnancy, she cannot have a fully formed child.

Life is full of natural laws. Morality is a natural law — people who steal do not like to have what they stole from others stolen from them. Seed time and harvest are natural laws — if you sow during time for harvest, harvesting during seed time never will be as pleasant as harvesting during harvest time. Conditions for a rich harvest always favor sowing during seed time, harvesting during harvest time.

Day and night are natural laws. If we work during the day, it is best to catch some sleep at night. When people work late into the night — I am talking post 12 midnight work — subsequent to working all day because they feel they are strong enough, they disobey natural law. Only God knows what costs are incurred by disobedience to such natural laws.

Rest, as distinct from sleep is a natural law. When I was a PhD student, I literally worked 12-hour days, 7 days a week. While a young Assistant Professor I also lived this lifestyle. I have since discovered that resting one day a week for reflection, for celebration of life and relationships makes the rest 6 days more productive. For avoidance of doubt, I know for a fact that resting one day a week enables me achieve more in 6 days than I ever achieved working all 7 days of the week.

If we would identify, respect, and use natural laws to our advantage, our lives, our families, and our societies would be so much the better for it.

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Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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