Early rising is the secret for a happy life. We all wish to live long but we cannot. Why? We go against Nature. Nature likes us to work during day and to rest at night. But we do not obey this law of Nature. We do not go to bed early. We read or write late into night. Some of us keep playing, dancing and drinking whole night. So, we do not rise early. What is the result? Our health breaks down and we fall ill. Nature takes revenge. We have to suffer for our disobedience.
But birds and animals are healthy. They do not need a doctor every day. Why So? They sleep early and rise early. Early rising is the secret of health. But if you like to rise early, you must go to bed early. This simple habit will give everything. So, it is said:
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Early rising gives you health. But early rising alone is not enough. You must leave your bed and walk a little. This will give you fresh air. Fresh air is the queen of medicines and the beauty of Nature is the best of tonics. The music of birds and the smell and colour of flowers will give you the nicest kind of feast. Nature will give you what your soft bed cannot.
But health and wealth alone will not make you good and great. You need wisdom, too. How can your get knowledge and Wisdom? Early rising helps you much. Your body and mind are fresh in the morning. So your mind receives things very quickly. You understand clearly whatever you read. Early morning is the best time for study. It is an ideal time for the study of Nature, too. Nature is the best teacher and she teaches best early in the morning. Even an ordinary leaf will teach you great lessons. In the past, students had to rise very early. They moved about for some time, and then sat down for study.
This is why they became great scholars and thinkers. Who does not like to be a great thinker? But how many of us care to rise early? So, you must rise early if you like to rise high in life!
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Early rising used to be extolled by our grandfathers as if it were in itself a virtue. Young people were exhorted to get up with, or even before the sunrise and sleeping late were condemned as a vice. The old rhyme taught ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’. No doubt it is in general a good thing to get up early, though every young man today thinks that early rising in itself will not make a man either wealthy or wise, however much it only improve his health. But there is no moral vice in getting up late. And early rising cannot be laid down as a general hard and fast rule for everyone. People’s circumstances and bodily and mental constitutions differ too much to make it possible to make a general rule for all.
No doubt the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ rule is a sound one for people who live in the country and whose occupation is farming. And the old proverb was coined when majority of population of England was agricultural. The bulk of farmer’s work must be done in daylight; they cannot plough, irrigate, dig or reap at night. If he would thrive, he must therefore use all the daylight he can get and be up with the sun; for the ‘night cometh when no man can work’. Further a farmer who is engaged in heavy physical work all day, needs more sleep than a clerk, whose occupation is sedentary. The farmer who stays up late will probably get up late and lose the best hours of the day for work.
But the same rule does not applies for town dwellers, whose occupation can be carried on with the help of artificial light as well as night as by day. Some of the most interesting and instructive parts of town life are carried on after the sun sets. The fact is that there in towns there are thousands of people who go to bed late, get up late but are yet ‘healthy, wealthy and wise’. The old proverb; hence is not universally true.