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Leadership Thought #349 – Mornings Are Special


I’m guessing it is somewhat a function of getting older, but I wake up much earlier these days.  At first this used to frustrate me.  Although I never was a late sleeper, I did enjoy sleeping until the alarm clock woke me (which was always set too late).  Now I don’t even need an alarm clock.  It took some getting used to but I eventually started to see my morning time as a gift.  I tend to get alot done before the typical day even starts including this blog.

Many of us end up rushing through our day.  There are very few moments of reflection and solitude.  It can fee often like you are on a treadmill with the weeks running together and deadlines and other pressing responsibilities peering around every corner.  Instead of being a gift, time has become as burden.  Somehow, at least for me, being up before everyone else and having an hour or two to think about and ease in to my day has made things much less stressful.  I rarely start my day “behind the eight ball” anymore and feel much more in control of what’s happening. 

Unfortunately neither one of my kids shares my enthusiasm for waking up early.  I am sure I didn’t when I was their age either.  However, I believe this time for me alone in the morning is good for all three of us.  It allows me the space to properly wake-up, focus and re-center before they are awakened.  I usually wake them with the words “welcome to another day” and mean it.  I’m not as consistent as I’d like to be, but I’m confident they’d say their dad is generally in a good mood every morning. I think it’s unfair for those around you when you regularly wake up in grumpy mood.  It’s also exceedingly immature and selfish as you get older.  

I’ve always envied people who sleep well.  We are all regularly bombarded with news about the importance of sleeping a full 8 hours each night.  Sadly, this has never been the case with me.  I used to feel frustrated by this fact and toss and turn in bed just to force myself to spend more time trying to hit this goal.  My mom used to always to tell me this was silly and that I was wasting time that could be better spent.  It’s also true that the more you obsess about something the less enjoyable it becomes.   I’ve come to realize that a good 6-7 hours on a regular basis works fine for me and that the occasional rough night is to be expected.  What’s more important is how I wake-up and approach each day.

Mornings are special.  The whole process of experiencing a new day beginning with the birds singing and sunrise appearing is reminder of the beauty and wonder of life.  The quiet solitude of being alone with your thoughts for a brief period with a cup a coffee or tea is good for the soul.  Give yourself some time to think about what you eat and you will eat a healthier breakfast.  If you are able to fit in some time for exercise that’s an added bonus.  Instead of launching into your days with the weight of stressful energy and bleary eyed disappointment embrace the morning time as an opportunity to assert positive control over your energy, thoughts, health and overall attitude.  It will make a big difference!

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