Importance of Ritual

In her short essay Notes for Young Writers, Annie Dillard writes about a man, a brilliant physicist, who often gets hisb est ideas in the middle of the night. He does not wake, jot down the idea, and quickly return to sleep, as one might when keeping something like a dream journal; instead, he rises from bed, showers, dons a suit, tie, and polished shoes. Only after all of that does he sit down at his desk and write down his new idea.

Dillard says that, when asked why he bothered with all of that, the man said he did it all “in honour of physics.”

What do you honour in your life? How? Is there something you wish you took the time to honour more?