To wake to good health, great weather, pleasant mood – I believe we share these desires, but to expect someone else to make our lives, or even one day, pleasant stretches hope over logic. Wishing over reality.
What CAN we rely upon – when we go to bed at night – to ensure waking up happy and ready?
What do you want your world, friends, family … to bring you?
Expecting our prior acts to govern is closer to reliable.
If we made messes, we wake up to a mess.\If we’ve worked hard, planned well – we’ll likely wake up safe and comfortable.
If we went to bed in a happy state, we likely wake up happy.
None of these contain certainty.
What CAN we count on?
Waking up! Huge daily victory.
Waking up – another chance to use time well, fix things, build things, make nice, make love, make war, make dinner … and sleep again.
In those moments when we wake up – before we move, we set tone for our day. We frame it, place it in ‘worthwhile’ column, or ‘wasted’ column.
As you read this it is too late to go back to bed for ‘first moments’, but when you get up tomorrow – pause a bit, wait a bit, think a bit.
What kind of day will you have?
Will you be grateful for waking up?
Will you see the day ahead as opportunity for great things?
Will you leap out of bed energized, excited to greet your day?
Everyone you encounter will know.
Mind-set we get out of bed with, we wear all day long.
Sometimes it glows.
column written/ published from Paia, Maui, HI
morning walk: 17C/63F, calm and clear, another mind-blowing beautiful day; traffic on the Hana Highway is brisk, sidewalk traffic is not – a sleep-in day for many, I was amused watching the delivery truck guys offloading from where they parked, then walking a pallet-jack to the restaurant or coffee shop a block away, then doing the same for another in the other direction – all while their load is sitting, sorted, on the street. Nobody minds in the Aloha-mode place where sunshine and warmth is the currency of this realm, where work seems a curious distraction . . .