I have always been a morning person. The peace and quiet, watching darkness transform into light speaks to me. I remember taking family vacations that were a 24 hour drive from home. Everyone else in the vehicle would be sleeping, and I’d be the “co-pilot” sitting up in the passenger seat next to my Dad who was driving. Sometimes the radio would be playing softly in the background. Sometimes we would chat quietly, or just enjoy the rhythm of road noise as we drove along. It was a quiet, peaceful, wonderful start to the day.
My favorite morning spot is sitting on the chaise in the sunroom, looking out through the East facing windows. It’s the perfect spot to linger over coffee, think, check emails and Facebook, and watch God bring light to the world again and again. I love watching the sky turn from black to midnight blue, to pretty pinks, purples and corals, and then into a sunny blue.
For years I have gotten up at 5am to be able to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee before getting ready for work and the (at least) hour long drive it took to get there. Even 15 minutes of quietly waking and taking time to savor and enjoy a cup of coffee can set you up for a less stressful day. I know that some people like setting their alarm to wake them up at the last possible minute to get up and ready for work, (then hitting the snooze button once or twice!) That just leads to feeling cranky and stressed, and rushing to not be late, and who needs that added pressure in their life?
If that rushed, stressed out person sounds like you, just give yourself that sunrise wake-up treat for a few days and see what you think. Slow deep breathing, quiet peaceful moments, and the beauty that is sunrise can improve your outlook on life and mornings!