I don’t like mornings.
Never have. Never (?) will.
But I have two kids who have run cross country. And babies who like to greet their mamas (and the midwife) as the sun comes up.
I used to work nights, as a nurse. It wasn’t all bad. I would go to bed as other people got up. And on the off nights I could stay up as late as possible.
It generally takes me an hour to reconcile myself to the inevitable reality that the day has begun. Once I am past that, I feel quite cheerful.
Sone people like sunrises; I prefer sunsets. I would like sunrises, I think, if they showed up at a different time of day.
Today I walked while the kids ran. I am up to more than half a mile! If you know the long story, that in itself is a miracle.
I saw tiny purple flowers, unnoticed amidst the grass. Four raindrops hit me. (In the desert?!) And when I sat under a tree to rest, I saw this on the ground beneath my feet.
And so for today, I am grateful.
To be up. To be able to walk. To be alive. To see.
Enjoy your morning!
I wonder, for you, what is life giving? And what is life depleting?
Life giving right now looks like:
- Walks to the canal with a pug
- Coloring intricate patterns
- The glow of the salt lamp
- Hot tea
- A tiny lunchbox of fruit/nuts
- Listening to Adrian’s poem
- Photos from Turkey
- A box from Oregon
- Stories of school
- Cooking fresh CSA greens
- Phoning in to the Mystics
- Acupuncture, craniosacral
- Chiropractic, reiki
- A friend sitting in the parlor
- Desert blossoms
Life depleting realities:
- Being alone day in & day out
- Not tolerating sunlight
- Fluorescent lights
- Doctors, doctors, doctors
- Predictions or prognosis
- One handed folding clothes
- No driving
- Far away friends
- Missing feeling mama bellies
- An arm that can’t feel pain
As my own tank gets drained with this second list, I must choose.
What do you choose today during Lent…the long journey to life?