finding your inner “morning person”

17 Feb

I really wish I were a morning person.

Seriously, how do people DO that?! I just don’t understand it… mostly because I like LOVE to sleep! Perhaps it’s because my bed is so awesome? It’s super-comfortable. It has squishy pillows that are not too full and not too flat. It has an ah-maaazing comforter (because lets be serious—turning the air down when you sleep so you can be all snuggly and warm under your big fluffy comforter = HEAVEN).  Yep, it is quite a well-rounded bed of awesomeness. But surely there are plenty of morning people out there with beds almost as awesome as mine, right?

I don’t know what it is about sleep, I just love it. And it loves me. I’ve never had a problem with it. We never fight. Insomnia– what’s that? I could sleep anytime, anywhere, all day long, all night long, doesn’t matter. Naps are another story though.  Naps make me cranky because they are the lesser form of sleep. You have to wake up from naps, because you only had time for a nap, and that sucks. It’s the waking up that sucks. Or well, the waking up to an ALARM that sucks.

We non-morning people hate alarms. But the alarm, in itself, is not the true villain here (although I usually treat it as such). The true morning-enemy is the mind. The brain. The head-games. The first thought AFTER the alarm goes off. It’s the knowing you have to stop sleeping because you have other things you HAVE to do at this ridiculously early moment in time. It’s the being interrupted from an awesome dream that you will NEVER know the ending to (am I right??) It’s the reality that begins to sink in of to-do lists and deadlines and overwhelming feelings of overwhelmed-ness. It’s the start. The beginning. The first move. The hardest part.

And that is life, isn’t it?

The first step is always the hardest. The first movement in the right direction… it just takes SO MUCH ENERGY!

You can talk talk talk all you want about how you have decided to do this or that, but the toughest part is to actually advance with the next move, next step, next words. To actually DO what you have decided to do.

From a non-morning person view, I think it is much like setting your alarm before you go to bed. You make some decisions for tomorrow. You have all these grand ideas and great intentions about what the next day will hold, and you’ve calculated just the right time to set in order to achieve said goals. But when morning comes, reality sets in, and it is UG-LY (sometimes in more ways than one, if you know what I’m sayin). In the morning light, all those impressive plans for the day look more like obligations and impossible nauseating tasks. You practically forget that it was you yourself who thought this whole waking-up-early-thing was a good plan to begin with. What were you thinking?! An evil version of you must have taken over last night, because there is NO WAY you would have agreed to wake up to blaring alarm noises and 6:00AM blinking lights. What a horrible idea.

That is just the mindset of a non-morning person I guess.

But maybe we are all trapped in a mind-game with ourselves. We may have the best intentions, the greatest aspirations, the most worthy goals, and yet we are our own worst enemies – we drag ourselves down – we beat ourselves up – we keep ourselves from reaching our own objectives. We forget whose side we are on, and we begin to fight ourselves!  We have the desire to accomplish great things, and yet we also have the desire for comfort and ease. What a predicament.

I admire morning people. They are DO-ers. When they wake up, they immediately get up and begin the journey to do what they had planned to do.  And they are happy about it. They have a positive outlook on mornings, taking in the beauty of it all, while the rest of us couldn’t care less about seeing a sunrise… unless we happened to still be awake by then. They get things done – they mark at least 8 items off their list before noon! Their “do-ing” comes so naturally… with ease, with finesse, with a smile. Because they are morning people. It’s just who they are.

So maybe we can’t all be morning people, but perhaps we can have a “morning person” outlook on life. To be positive in the face of feeling overwhelmed. To have perseverance to fight against the desire to take the easy road. To appreciate the quiet, beautiful moments. To be defined by our consistency, optimism, and fresh perspectives on life and the days ahead. To be DO-ers.

Is it possible that we all have a little “morning person” in us somewhere?

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:19-25)

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