The Nemo Syndrome: A Fish Story
Friday, July 01, 2016
Tonya and Sonya Nicholson donated two beautiful aquariums to a local hospital. It completely changed the atmosphere in the lobby. Instead of an unknown, unfriendly environment that intimidated children, it was immediately transformed to a place of delight. The brilliant clown fish particularly attracted young kids. You could hear them squeal, “Look, Mommy, it’s Nemo!”
But within a week, the fish began dying. Every few days “Nemo” had to be replaced. The staff called in the aquarium experts, but they couldn’t find the problem either. Finally one of them asked, “Are the lights always on in this area of the hospital?” The answer was yes. “Maybe that’s the problem,” he replied. “They aren’t getting any darkness for rest.” So every night the staff turned off the aquarium light. And the result? Nemo lived!
An overstimulated world of tablets, cell phones, TVs, computers, and music players could give you the “Nemo syndrome.” No time for proper rest could put you in an early grave. The solution: seven hours of sleep at night, quiet time with God in the morning, pause at lunch to pray, and one day a week off to celebrate love—a weekly sabbatical to refresh your song.