Saturday, March 3, 2018

Early Mornings



It's early on a Saturday morning. Quiet surrounds me. Darkness too, except for the glare of my laptop screen. Beginning a day with quiet and dark is perfect. There's peace in the moment. Solitude gives me permission to relax. I can be me...no one else to please, nothing to check off on a to-do list, no demands being made.


I never understood the snooze button. (I mean no judgment to those who successfully navigate the snooze button!) An alarm is a necessity...yes, but what purpose does the snooze button serve? If I want to sleep for ten more minutes, I'll set my alarm for ten minutes later. The snooze button is something I never use. It seems like that's admitting that I'm dreading this new day and that doesn't seem like the best way to begin. I prefer to begin with hope for a better day. 

I think that's why I love the morning time. It signifies hope and a new beginning. It's fresh and new with no mistakes. Tranquil and serene. There's also an expected routine in the morning. Brush your teeth. Walk the dog. Cheerios and milk. Peppermint coffee in my favorite mug. Writing in my notebook by a flickering candle.  

As this Saturday dawns before me, I go about my routine (with the addition of writing a blog post) basking in the quiet and finding comfort in my routine. I'll watch the sunrise as I walk my dog, enjoy the taste of my coffee, and capture my thoughts on the pages of my notebook. It's how I like to begin my day. 




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14 comments:

  1. This is another reason we are friends -- early to bed, early to rise! The early morning is the best part of the day, but it is funny to watch people's reactions when you tell them how early you get up, even on a weekend. Here's to us early birds!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your morning. I also love mornings and that quiet time when the possibilities of the day are just awakening. It's a magical time. Thanks to you, I have added morning pages to my morning routine. What a beautiful way to start the day!

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  3. Oh, you morning people! Maybe I need to write a slice about reflecting on the day at night! An early bird vs. night owl slice??

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  4. I love how to stopped to ponder the thing I seem to take for granted. But when I think about it, I am a morning person and I love it for the many detailed reasons you gave, too!! Plus, did you see the MOON thins morning. Glad I was up to see it! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  5. I love mornings too (and never use snooze either). I love that you write by candlelight. I hope your day is great!

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  6. Ahhhhh. Your morning routine sounds so cozy. I am working to make both my nighttime and morning routines cozier and more powerful. I read a quote in a book recently that made me rethink my morning routine (and makes me think you already have this down pat!):
    Mornings like these, he told her, strengthened them against the trials of the day, sent them out in protective gear that warded off disaster. (from "About the Night" by Anat Talshir)
    Mornings are a time to feed our bodies and souls to strengthen them for the day ahead. Thanks for reminding me of this quote, and the work I have to do ahead.

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  7. I am also an early riser and cherish the mornings! There is so much possibility in the first few moments of the day. Thank you for taking the time to include so many beautiful photos of your morning.

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  8. I'm with you on the snooze. I never understand the point of it. And my husband's alarm clock is set a whole half hour ahead of time. Never, ever, ever will I understand that. I also love the pictures you've included with your post. I need to include more with mine. They just make the post so visually appealing.

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  9. I used the snooze in high school (and three alarms around my room), but in adult life I haven't. I am wondering if it is always Cheerios.

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  10. I wish I could break up with snooze. It is a bad habit, but it is hard to break! I do love the early mornings. I woke up to a quiet house, and a little sunlight this morning! I love an early morning!

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  11. I am a morning person, too. Here it is Saturday and I was up at 5:00. But that's because I went to bed at 8 last night. I just can't keep going at night, never have been a night person. Watching the sun rise, drinking a cup of coffee, and welcoming the morning are right for me.

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  12. Mornings are the best time of day and always have been for me. When I retired, my one friend told me that I could sleep as late as I wanted. Didn't happen. My internal body alarm tells me when it's 5:00 a.m. and my day begins. Peacefully and tuned into God's grace.

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  13. I really love this:

    I think that's why I love the morning time. It signifies hope and a new beginning. It's fresh and new with no mistakes.

    I hadn't thought of morning like that. I do love mornings, and enjoyed walking through your routine with you.

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  14. While I consider myself more of a morning person - like Margaret, there comes a point not that far into the evening when I start shutting.down. And the closer to Friday I get, the earlier the shut-down process starts. That said though, actually getting out of bed in the morning is one of my greatest challenges. The snooze button and me - we’re close. My husband is like you - he sees no point in the snooze button at all. I wish I could be more like you two, but I just don’t think I will ever be an immediate riser. Once I am up though, I am all in for being a morning person. I love all of the morning rituals you described! And the pictures were fun too! Thanks for the window seat into your world!

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