It is not even 6:30 a.m. yet, and it appears that people already are busy and on the run. Literally. I wonder how other people wake up and greet the day.
Twenty years ago or so, I rose at 5 a.m. every day. When you have four children, let’s face it. That is the only time of the day you can gather your thoughts – usually – as they are still asleep. One of my mentors encouraged me in this. Grab your coffee, journal and your Bible. Pray and get your head set. Get dressed, do your hair. Be ready for the day before they are.
Ah ha. Yes.
Some mornings, my daughter Phoebe would be up already. Her name means Bright One of the Morning for a reason (though surely as a teenager, she was not a morning person.)
One morning, I stumbled into the kitchen at dark-thirty, poured my coffee, and went to the dining room chair to wake up at some point. But Phoebe was way ahead of me. A light went on. Squinting terribly, I was like, oh dear. Not yet.
“Mommy, you look like a fruit bat!” she said.
And so a tradition was born. Anyone in my early morning world who has ever seen me “first thing,” pre-coffee has seen the same thing.
Which brings me to my second thought. After caffeine. The list.
To Do. I guess mine is pretty simple. Make it to work, work hard. In my spare time, develop my Mary Kay business. Write the next best seller. Share my blog to the four winds. Learn how to be the queen of social media. Work hard so you can play hard.
I want more time for creativity. For family, friends. Pursuits. Everyone has 24 hours.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she and her daughter played “hookie” yesterday, at the beach. A day away from the world. They pitched their list, figuratively, to the high seas for the day. I think it is a good idea to do that occasionally.
Maybe we cannot run away for a day. Maybe for us it is simply taking an hour or so every night to do something we love. Recharge. Sharpen the saw, they say.
Several people I know say, “well I used to play an instrument,” or paint, or whatever. And when you ask them why they do not anymore, usually, it is time.
“You make time for what is important to you.” The words of my mentor.
Have a splendid day. Let’s chase our list. But have fun while doing it.