On Sunday, my pastor asked a series of questions having to do with our first thought in the morning.
"When the alarm goes off, how many of you hit the snooze button?"
Many hands went into the air.
"When you wake up, how many of you go, 'No, I don't want to go'?"
Several hands went up again.
"When you wake up, how many of you say, 'Thank you'?"
Only a few hands went up this time.
Then she said, "We could all learn a lot from you."
When she posed these questions, I honestly had no answer. I don't know that I think of anything when I first get up in the morning. As much as I'm kind of a morning person, it's best not to talk to me for about the first 30-45 minutes of the day. It's like I need to get the cobwebs worked out.
My husband who has energy the moment he gets up has finally figured this out. Sometime he forgets and when he starts firing questions at me, I look at him and mutter, "Do you remember who you're talking to?" I'm sure I don't sound very pleasant when I say it. It's more of an exasperation. Nonetheless, he gets the message, and he patiently waits until I give him the go ahead.
The last two days I've made a conscious effort to wake up and say thank you to myself before I've gotten out of bed.
I'm saying thank you for being granted another day. There are many people who aren't getting that opportunity. It's not a given, and I'm working to not take it for granted. I have a reminder on my wrist. My daughter Jaelyn bought me a bracelet that says Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Make this day count, because it's the only one I currently have.
Wasting the day is kind of being arrogant. It's as if I'm saying that I'm guaranteed a ton of time, but I'm not. No one is, but how many of us make this same mistake?
There are days where we don't feel like doing things, but we need to do them anyway. We have to stop the notion that it will still be there tomorrow, because it might be there but we might not be there to do it. Now, I'm not advocating working ourselves to death making sure the inbox is empty. What I am saying is do the things that count. Put limits on what we will do and won't do and then stick to those perameters.
Enjoy days more. Take the time to smell the roses. Go for a walk. Make a phone call to a loved one. Write a letter. Make an apology. Have fun doing something different. Make sure regret is no longer a part of the vocabulary.
And I would like to add another caveat. At the end of the day, also say thank you for the day that has happened. There's never been one like it before, and there won't be another one like it again.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.