“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~ Meister Eckhart
It was a weekend morning, a morning most people desire to lay in bed and sleep in.
I woke with a start.
Ready to get up.
All my best work comes from a Sharpie these days.
Then I began writing in the candlelit dark.
For two hours, I let the silence wash over me and my brain let go of all the junk that had been fogging up my ability to make good decisions, to make sense and to have some clarity.
Nearly 10 pages of scribbles, doodles, notes, lists and brainstorms later, I was renewed.
One thought flowed to the next exactly as I needed them to — naturally, without pause or needs or demands. Just me. Just my thoughts, my worries.
And then, when it was all over, I drank a cup of coffee and had a great day.
This is absolutely, hands down, my biggest tip I can offer any busy parent. If you can sneak out of bed and do one thing for yourself before the day begins, it opens your eyes and your heart in new ways.
Of course, I must fully admit that I’ve been dating 4:30 a.m. for quite a while now. Rather than get upset and annoyed at this insomnia, of sorts, I go with it. I use it to my advantage.
This week, your prompt for Project 52: Stay Awake is simply to Rise Early. Rise early and see what greets you. Follow your natural flow to do anything you want. It’s your time. Make the best of it. Do not spend that time on other people. Spend it on yourself.
PHOTO TIP FROM BERYL: Some of the best photos I’ve taken were the ones I planned out ahead of time and shot with intention. What special moments do you desire to capture this week? Take a few minutes, early riser, and write down 5 photo ideas for the week. Then plan to make them happen.
What about you? What are your best mornings like? Could your life benefit an extra 15, 20 or even 30 minutes of quiet in the morning?