The morning is enormously important. It’s the foundation from which the day is built. How we choose to spend our mornings can be used to predict the kinds of days we’re going to have.
When I wake up in the morning, my mind gradually gathers, and I begin to move as the early morning light is just starting to seep through the windows. My family is still sleeping. It’s a peaceful beginning.
I stretch, drink a glass of water, start the tea kettle, and practice a short journaling exercise for ten minutes. Then I enjoy a cup of tea as I read one chapter of a good book. And finally, I write on my laptop, diligently (disconnected from online distractions), for an hour before the hustle of the day begins.
Once my family awakens, I pause to join them for a short time and we appreciate the full presence of each other’s company.
This is just a rough sketch of my mornings, and they make me happy.
It wasn’t always this way, however. I used to [Read more…]