The two weight driven clocks in our home have some quirks. The wall clock stops for no apparent reason, usually early in the week. The grandmother clock chimes only some of the hours. I suspect each clock needs to a thorough cleaning. But while seeking the right technician, I have discovered that adding a couple of ounces to the weight that drives the time mechanism of the wall clock gives it enough of a boost that it continues to run. I suspect the extra weight may have other adverse effects over the long-term, but until then, it runs on time.
I suppose giving my clocks a little boost is like having a cup of coffee on mornings when I don’t sleep well the night before. What I really need is to take the time to unwind before bed: a few minutes reading a paper book followed by a few minutes of prayer. A few minutes spent clearing my thoughts before bed and then I can get through the next day without a boost from coffee or green tea. I suspect that little boost from caffeine has some adverse effects.
Daniel and his friends had a similar epiphany:
Then Daniel asked the guard whom the palace master had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal rations, and deal with your servants according to what you observe.” So he agreed to this proposal and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.
— Daniel 1:11-15 (NRSV)
Now I need to find someone who can clean my clocks.