One of the benefits of being awake that I would like to discuss with you on this auspicious day (*), is little talked about, so you will not have read about it before.
From the day you awaken, you will never need to sleep again. Of course, you will have read myths about zombies, and the undead, but these folk tales are shallow attempts to get around the voluntary ban that has existed up til very recently, about giving out this part of the teaching.
Of course, never wanting to sleep will double the opportunities to serve. That is a small part of this blessing: it effectively means that we no longer require bedrooms, so it doubles the living areas on our houses, and this means we can live in much more humble circumstances. Even caves, although most of you will have heard those stories already, and wondered how this was achieved.
Corvus has talked in veiled terms on the Shiny Objects blog of how he dealt with the disbelief of humanity concerning this, and I do recommend you look up those paragraphs and take them to heart.
(* April 1st)