I wouldn’t say I don’t do mornings. I do mornings. I just prefer to take my mornings slowly. I like to lie in bed awhile and greet the morning. Not a long time, but maybe twenty minutes or so. Notice the softness of the sheets, the sun breaking over the field, the cat lying on my legs. I don’t want to rush to get dressed and run through the cold to the car and then be accosted by bright fluorescent lights and the complaints of my co-workers first thing in the morning.
I like to come downstairs and put the kettle on. Feed the birds. Feed the cats. Enjoy a morning walk before the rest of the world wakes up. Have a hot cup of tea and watch an old television show, peruse my social networks. Then I am ready to start the day.
Up at dawn, the dewy freshness of the hour, the morning rapture of the birds, the daily miracle of sunrise, set her heart in tune, and gave her Nature’s most healing balm.
~Louisa May Alcott
I am a much happier person when I have my slow mornings. Simple acts to welcome the new day such as putting the kettle on or stepping outside into the morning sunlight can make a remarkable difference to our approach to the day. In the month before I quit my job, when I was at my most stressed and unhappy I carved out 20 minutes to read my book before I got dressed. There was something about sitting in my robe with a cup of tea and my book that let me put aside the worries that bombarded me upon waking just a little bit longer.
Slow living is one of my goals during this next stage of my life. I am frankly just exhausted from running around for the past twenty years. Years that included being a married mother of two little girls and a single mother of two growing girls. I wish that I had listened to my body sooner all those times it was screaming for me to just rest awhile. Mornings for me are the best time to give myself this gift. Even if it is just for fifteen minutes.
Do you take time for some stillness in the mornings? What is that one small thing that you give to yourself? And if you don’t what will you do to give a gift to yourself?
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