How do you wake up in the morning? Are you “up and at ‘em”, ready to get stuff done? Do you wake just long enough to get showered, dressed, etc before leaving for work? Or, conversely do you need to take the time to move into your day?
When I worked, I left for work about 8:15. I was up usually about 5:30. I spent at least an hour, often more, just gliding into my day. Coffee, a small bite to eat, meditation, writing. In the summer I sat outside when I could. I hated having to rush to get ready and out of the house. I needed that hour to myself to clear my head, to remind me that life is not all about getting up, going to work, coming home, eating and going to bed. I needed a life outside of that routine, and I took my time in the morning, at least an hour, and lived.
Now, I’m retired. And that’s how I like to start every day, except I usually get up around 7:30 now. With a bowl of fruit, a cup of coffee, sitting at my computer either writing, or reading my mail, perusing FB, and now I get to do it for as long as I want! Sometimes a couple hours! It’s awesome. Once I’ve had my quiet time, my time to myself, I am ready to get something productive done for the day, though often my productive hours are governed by how well I slept. Lately, I’ve been sleeping well. Saturday was a lay day, and my productivity was limited to going swimming, going out to lunch, watching TV and reading, and spending some time with Dan’s mother. Sunday I actually accomplished some things. Swimming, vacuumed, laundry, baked banana bread, made breakfast for us, and lunch for Dan and his mom, reading, watching a movie, making a nice dinner with my sweetie. It was a good day.
The jury is out on today, but we are heading back to my house, having spent 3 days at Dan’s. I have a feeling it will be productive in the medium range.
So tell me, how do you start your day? Am I alone in needing that hour or two to myself? Let me know, I’m interested to find out.
As always, love and light to all.