I had a thought the other day about how I wake up in the morning and how important those first few moments are. There are a few ways the day can start. If you’re not a morning person, like me, you wake up thinking “I don’t want to get out of bed…just 5 more minutes.” I realize that by waking up this way I start the day thinking that my day is lacking. (This is what Lynne Twist refers to as a “scarcity mentality” in her book The Soul of Money:Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life which I’ll discuss in detail in later posts). I also I figured it would be easier to change my perspective on waking up rather than try to reason with a 2 year old at 6:30 in the morning to let mommy sleep for 5 more minutes.
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So what is a non-morning person to do? For me, I’m trying to wake up with gratitude. So many spiritual leaders of the world talk about gratitude and how important it is to be grateful for what you have. Many talk about ending your day with the things you are grateful for, rather than focusing on what you didn’t get, or what went wrong. I figure, if it works for before bed, why not try it first thing in the morning? Instead of starting the day thinking about how I didn’t get enough sleep, or about all the things I have to do (that I’m really not looking forward to doing), why not be grateful for that little voice that says “Mom, come with me, mom.” Be grateful for the morning snuggle and the little dance performance that seems to be routine now. Be thankful for getting to see the beautiful colors of the sunrise (instead of thinking about how it’s still dark). If I start my day this way, I’m hoping it will make me more aware of the things to be grateful for during the day, and that will bring more joy into my life.
Do you have a morning routine that brings you joy? Share it with us in the comments, maybe it will help bring joy to someone else!