Mornings. I find most people belong to one camp or the other. There is no inbetween on this one. You get up singing or you get up grumbling. I don’t like mornings. I don’t really feel like I even join the world until the Keurig starts making its whirring sound as it pushes out the nectar of the gods through that tiny hole in about 15 seconds. I marvel at our technology. Anyway, I still know the importance of the morning and being ready for the day. I’m careful to make my lunch the night before and lay out every stitch of clothing I plan to wear the next day. One thing out of place and I’m doomed to be rushing around and harried. That harried feeling will stick with you too. Awhile back, I was going through a stressful time at work. This got me to thinking about not just preparing for my day physically but mentally too. What did I do to prepare my mind for the day? Watched the news as I got dressed? This was one of the first things I quit doing. I believe in being informed but not necessarily rehashing all the negative details of every violent crime. I still listen to NPR’s 7 minute newscast but I leave it there now. I also get up a little earlier now. No easy feat for a morning grumbler. I sit down at my computer, sip my coffee, take my vitamins and then read something inspirational. Right now I’m enjoying Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening. It has a passage for everyday and is uplifting and gives me something to think about. I start my mind with something positive and serene. This will help carry over into the rest of the day.
How do you start your day on a positive note before all the madness ensues?