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Eric’s In the Middle of the Night

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Crazy Time

Most people understand the concept of “Middle of the Night”. Wrong. Night time is dark in the PM. Say 7pm to Midnight. The middle would be about 9:30 pm. So what people first think about, about Middle of the Night is about 3 am in the morning. Sorry but that is early morning. If you are out on a drunk, well, who knows what is morning and night. If you get up at 3:30 am like I do, it is morning at 3 or is that in the middle of the night I get up. Never mind I go to sleep near after 8 pm. My doc asked me when I get up and I said “in the middle of the night” He told me it was not healthy to stay up so late, which is actually early. People fit time to suit their needs.

I think time is running out on me. Does that mean it took off out the door? Does that really mean that I am in the evening twilight of my life. You know that just after sunset and just before sunrise are both called twilight. Most people do not know that because most people are not up before the sunrise. That is as it should be, we need more sleep rather than less. I just suggest we start it before the middle of the night, say 10 at the latest.

Sometimes I just walk around in the middle of the false night. Boogey men are out at that time. Well you do not wear a mask at that time, and if you do you are a never do well. Social distance like running back to my house and arming myself.

I was reading some biblical works and came across an interesting truth. They mistranslated badly. God did not say that he was the great “I Am”. He said “I am the great a.m.” Of course meaning in the morning. What makes you wise? Rising early in the morning does. Not to mention healthy and wealthy. If you do not get that then I am really running out of time.

If you have never driven all night and into the sunrise, do it. If you have never struck out before dawn to watch the sunrise from a hill, do it, or at least drive there. If when you get up and go outside in the twilight of the morn’ and do not hear roosters, move quickly. I mean your home. Don’t get me started on horseback or on a snowy peak.

In the Middle of the Night

Late Morning

About 5;30 a.m.

About 5;30 a.m.


Now time takes it’s toll. Really that is a saying. People think that time takes its toll, they don’t get it. Time never made a person tolled. It is a freedom that time passes so that we are not stuck in yesterday. And luck holding and the river don’t rise we will see a much more time. Bring time on. I am loving it so much more than I could the alternative.

Some say I have lost my mind. Well that was some time ago and what I really lost was time. I spent time worrying about what time. I tell you that when you get up in the morning and only have so much time to get ready and then so much time to get to the office and then so much time to get to the airport and so much time for the overseas flight then just so much time to get geared up for a meeting 9 am their time which is 11 pm your time. Time becomes a tradeable commodity. Now that is so wrong.

But we salute and admire all those who work by the timeclock. The hands of that clock make the world go around. I would not be able to write this or spend so much time with family if not for the gal that punches the clock day in and day out in order to provide me my desired service. Hoorah!

I heard a semi-retired consultant say the other day that his time was his own. Kind of like he owned his own time. If you think of it that is really crazy. Time is not in the possessive. And if you look close, for most of us time owns us. Is time the ultimate master?

One begins to see; In the middle of the night is different things to different folks.

I got into my 20’s before I was fully over nyctophobia. Strangest thing. I actually had heightened senses and a nervousness about me. No longer, the night time is now a good friend although my time in it is really morning. I read a book once that started off “The Life and Times of…..”. I know what it means, I think.

Millions of Years of Time to Make

Or perhaps just the snap of a finger?

Or perhaps just the snap of a finger?

Looking Up!


He ran off like a thief in the middle of the night. Really descriptive with leaving room for us to wander around in the notion. Based on crime statistics he really runs off in the early morning. I like that military type time. I always wanted to say “we meet here at 2800 hours.” Why does a cycle begin at 2401? And if you actually ever worked a “graveyard shift” it really does, ask a nurse.

I thought of all that when I wanted to talk about the midnight visitor. I have been blessed in certain activities where I worked with people in the middle of the night. I would suggest the bulk being either or both schizophrenia or hopeless drunks. Oh the occasional suicidal fellow based on circumstance. And your myriad of addicts. Sometimes the worst which is women fleeing abuse with children. In the middle of the night.

I don’t have much choice in the matter. Part of a calling or muse I reckon. And folks know where I live. Just a few times a year and someone shows up at midnight. “Just go back to sleep honey it is all to the good”. Plop them down in my guest easy chair and just sit and wait because the middle of the night may just be a new dawning for someone in need of it. Time is on our side as long as we just sit there. Each hour that goes by without further incident is a blessing from above. Time in the middle of the night does not cure. It provides a respite where healing can begin. From the baby in diapers to the 80 year old who lost his wife. Quiet in the middle of the night with the touch and caring of another is just what time was made for. Sorry but time was not made for your freeway commute. You have to make that.

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Now I was wondering about my bride and I being together for twenty years. Time plays good tricks on you. I do not need to ask “where did the time go?” I know and it has been a blessing. The master time can be kind to us. Sure an old friend when we met said “Dierker how do you do it, you look the same today as twenty years ago – like crap!” But really time has been good to me. Now if I look the same as when they wheeled me out of the ER with stage four cancer in ‘96. That is time defying. Of course I jest as I am ruggedly handsome by any measurement :-)

Next time you are up in the middle of the night. Take some time to kiss those in peaceful slumber for it is a time of peace. Spreading some love in the middle of the night is cool as nothing interrupts it.


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

Denise the time "I spent" reading your comment was well worth it. I am no physicist but it does seem to me time is relative. My growing 10 year old has a whole different spin on time - I watch and learn.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 29, 2020:

My father died of a brain tumor when he was just 60, so every day I live past 60 I feel like I'm living on borrowed time. Great musings on time and the meanings and saying we have about time. Yet time is a human construct, the 4th dimension, and doesn't really exist except in our own imaginations. It is just a way for us the mark the growth and death of those around us.



Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Thank you Kari for reading and commenting. It is the highest honor.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on September 27, 2020:

Beautiful Eric!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Linda I think I just say we are kindred spirits.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 27, 2020:

Eric, I find that as I get older my internal clock is adjusting--I used to stay up until midnight (at least) working, and now by 8 p.m. I'm looking at the clock and wondering if I can go to bed. In theory it's 10 p.m. (or later) somewhere, right? I enjoy my "alone" time in the morning. I get up long before anyone else. There's peace, just me and God together and I think that's a great way to begin the day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Anupan that is a cool account of your sleep history. We definitely change around with age. In my late twenties through 30's I averaged about 4.5 hours per night and felt great. Who knows.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Thanks Devika, It just works for me. My wife is a late night - 2am person sometimes with the COVID lock down -- She just sleeps until 10 am.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on September 27, 2020:

I had been an early riser when I was in a residential school. We had to wake up at 4m there and do all the chores of the hostel and daily chores before 5 am as since 5am we had our regular physical education training.

And today I find my elastic stamina just because of that routine in my childhood.

I don't get tired much. Though for a few years I became lazy working in the schools and avoided much of the physical work which took away so much of my energy.

I tried a lot to wake up at 5am after I read the book "5am Club by robin Sharma' but couldn't make it despite several attempts.

A few days I did wake up at 5am but then I felt lazier on those days.

Actually I love to read a lot and also to watch some good videos. At present, I am watching a series of Rabindrath Tagore on Netflix. I am writing an article on that now,

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2020:

Eric getting up early is the key to a much healthier lifestyle. Great hub from you always something to ponder from your work. Mornings are better for me.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Thank you so much Flourish. They tell us do this and do that. But when we are at peace we rise in a time of quiet and awakening. You my friend capture the essence of that peace. Thanx for being so supportive.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 26, 2020:

I’m become an early riser, getting up at just past 4 every day with or without an alarm. It started when my daughter was in high school and had to catch the bus before 6 am, but then I found I was more productive in the mornings. My great grandmother used to say nothing good happens after 10 pm (in reference to why you need to be home and asleep). The longer I live the more correct I think she was.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Mr. Happy I read your comment with glee. I am getting older. I now prefer starting my drive early morning to catch the rising sun - not so cool driving due west.

Certainly what I call a frostbite mask is in order especially when the cold can crystalize the moisture in you lungs -- yuk.

My grandpa called roosters lazy for sleeping in so late.

Have you ever wondered what time is to a pig?

Well time is an interesting notion, basically concocted by man. And therefor flawed.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Brenda I hear you. But I was blessed to leave that space. I send my best intentions your way.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on September 26, 2020:

"Never mind I go to sleep near after 8 pm." - In my maternal language/culture You'd say: "te culci cu gainile" - "You go to sleep with the chickens". That's when we would gather-up the chickens and put them to sleep in the coup for the night: eight o'clock in the evening.

"People fit time to suit their needs." - You are so very right. I sleep when I am tired and I eat when I am hungry. I do not let the clock dictate how I live my life. I have no clock, or any electronics in the room where I sleep.

"Well you do not wear a mask at that time, and if you do you are a never do well." - Haha!! What if it's a blizzard, snowing hard? We do wear masks a lot here, in Canada (in the winter).

"If you have never driven all night and into the sunrise, do it." - You know, I actually have not. On my last trip a couple of weeks ago I drove over 1,500 miles but not all night. The latest was half past three in the morning and it wasn't pleasant. It was raining lightly, driving on a highway through thick forest and suddenly, a bloody castor, or some sort of big rodent was heading straight for the headlights. I swerved left immediately, barely missing the sucker and got back on my lane, thanking the Gods there was no incoming traffic. I didn't want to murder anyone that night; it just wasn't part of the plan. I was happy he/she lived. So, ya ... I prefer day driving but I'll drive whenever.

"Don’t get me started on horseback or on a snowy peak." - I miss horseback riding. Last time I did some decent horse-back riding was in Dominican Republic and it was so nice, riding through the tropical forest, through small rivers and valleys - a treat!!

"Is time the ultimate master?" - I don't think so at all. Behind me is a poster of Salvador Dali's "Clock Explosion". I've been melting time for decades. I can "see" and feel through time. It's like space in a way. One moves through it sometimes.

"nyctophobia" - Did not know this word but I was a "scarred rabbit" when I was a kid (that was my nickname from the older people). At one point, my grandfather helped me confront my fear of darkness and from that day on it went better, to the point that I can walk anywhere at anytime.

"2800 hours" - Really? Haha!! You know, in Europe we often use that military time but we do not call it military time. It's just how some people talk. You just come by for dinner at 19:00 and we're good. ; )

"Time is on our side as long as we just sit there." - That sounds like something a hunter might say.

Well, it'll be nine o'clock in the evening when I get driving north tonight. So, back to night driving, haha!! At least there'll be no traffic.

Fun read - cheers! All the very best!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Pamela I thank you for your service at 2300. Laying in a hospital bed with no idea as to the time, or maybe waking up in a grog after surgery at that hour is tough at best. Having an angel as a nurse really helps.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Danny I sure do. I think there is something about that time, all by itself that is meditative, not to mention a great time to meditate. Over and over if I wake up later than this, I am amiss through the day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Lorna your morning sounds so inviting to me. I miss the cold. And I miss the big animals. Our hamster just does not cut it. There was a commercial once where folks were ordering more minutes for their day. Don't we all wish.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 26, 2020:

I sometimes wish there were 2 of me, because I just dont have enough hours in a day to get things done.

Yet at the same time...i refuse to wear a watch.

I do not like time commanding my every move.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 26, 2020:

Eric, You have written a very clever article about time. I really enjoyed reading it. Yes, as an RN I have gone to work at 2300. You covered this topic so thoroughly. I am an early riser also and always have been once I passed my teen years. Well, I will sign off now as times a wastin. Haha

Danny from India on September 26, 2020:

There is a time which is very special and its in between 3.30 -5 am. Its called a golden period. Superachievers wake up at these times and rummage through their litanies for the day.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

I tried to stay away from light being all relative and malleable versus a strict continuum cast in stone. In that I shy from facts and attend to theoretical it gets blurry.

But I hope this was well spent time for a writer extraordinaire.

Lorna Lamon on September 26, 2020:

Time waits for no-one and I wish I had could just squeeze a few more hours out of the day. I usually rise at 5 a..m to feed the cattle and hens. This is a peaceful time of day for me, however, it's also freezing at this time of year.

Your writing touches the heart Eric and you have covered every eventuality in this article. Unless I'm on duty I rarely see midnight, however, I love the idea of kissing those in peaceful slumber.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on September 26, 2020:

Timely analysis of a timeless subject. I'm not really up on General Relatively, so a lot of your arguments flew over my head, more or less at the speed of light. But all the same thanks for trying to enlighten me within this alloted time span.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Thanks Helna. You are a better person than I. I get up and go after Jesus. Like I do not have time to wait --- silly me.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 26, 2020:

Well thank you much Bill.

Isn't that a funny one about looking the same. I really appreciate your support here. I just love doing "take a word or phrase" writing.

Helna on September 26, 2020:

I like to wake up in the middle of the night and wait on God. Hoping for a visitation of angel or Jesus. Nice article.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2020:

In your own crazy way, you write articles about words like our friend Ann does in England. Both are entertaining and both are uniquely your own...and I thoroughly enjoy both of you.

As for looking the same as 20 years ago, them people ain't looking close enough. I hear it often and I'm wondering if maybe they should consider wearing glasses, you know?

Time is running out on you? And me! Whenever it runs out, it's been one hell of a ride, am I right?

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