In the morning, light pours into my bedroom. It’s kind of a pain to fall asleep with the blinds open and the curtains pulled back, but it’s worth it to be greeted by light. Then, for me, it’s baked oatmeal and one shot of espresso. I’m not a morning person, and I probably haven’t had a single thought about anything worth remembering until I’ve begun to absorb some caffeine. A quick aside- I’ve never understood why people don’t drink more espresso, is it the whip cream thing? And then, a clean shave. I (almost) always use a sharp razor, not a Gillette, and have replaced that blue goop with fluffy and fragrant lavender shave soap applied by a badger hair shave brush.
I’m sharing my routine with you, because I’ve found that from the first ray of sunshine to the first bite of oatmeal, the last sip of espresso to the last bit of shave soap, I tend to concentrate on how lucky I am to enjoy these little luxuries. They are simple joys. When you appreciate your situation first thing in the morning, you start the day off right. And when you start the day off right, the rest of the day tends to follow suit.
If you’re a snooze button 12 times, rush out of bed and into the car to sit in traffic on the way to the job you dread kind of person, consider what you give up each morning. You’ve missed the chance to be gracious, to take a few minutes to yourself to think about your day, to think about what you can do for someone else today. By the time you’re expressing you’re road rage, you’ve given up the chance to work out that day or your opportunity to reflect in your journal. Approaching the beginning of your day differently might change your outlook on school or work, especially if you’ve taken a few minutes to give thanks that you have gainful employment and think about how you can make a difference at work that day. An improved outlook is often the key to improved performance.
So much of this blog is about having a positive and gracious attitude. The reason is simple- life is better that way. The time to establish that attitude is first thing in the morning.
— Lao Tzu
May you find strength in the ones who love you. These are the ones who risk heartbreak to show you they care. Love is unconditional. No matter what, they choose to love you.
May you gain courage from each person to whom you give your heart openly. You lay your heart on the line every time you care for them. To love someone is to be the most genuine version of yourself. That vulnerability is unparalleled.
You have fought for love. You have fought for your happiness. Today is a day to celebrate love in its may forms and revel in the joy love can bring.
I hope that today (and every day) you find a moment to realize how much love surrounds you and know you are more loved than you can possibly imagine.
Love and light,
— Mae West
Let yourself overdose on joy. Find your bliss, let it fill each day, and find yourself floating from one thing you love to the next. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful– do not talk yourself out of happiness.
Take the good that finds you, and when it does, do not limit yourself. Moderation is nothing in the face of soul-stirring joy.
— Mike Tyson
Yet another great quote from my Life is good Playmakers training.
The past few weeks have certainly sent some punches my way. It seemed that for a while I couldn’t avoid what was headed my way. Like a boxer who has met a very powerful opponent, my vision was blurred stopping me from seeing the next punch and particularly the good that was still around me.
Just because a detour appears when you are driving does not mean that your final destination disappears.
Just because you face one, two, a hundred punches doesn’t mean that you won’t still win the fight.
You can win. Keep those gloves up and keep fighting for the good. Remind yourself that a plan is only that: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.**
**Nowhere in the definition does it say GUARANTEE.
Plans change. Roads close. You can still get where you want to. All you need is enough fight and perseverance to see yourself through the punches and the detours.
Don’t worry. You’ll get there.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.
Remind yourself that you can be a beacon of light for anyone at anytime.
So long as we don’t stop being optimists and fight the good fight, good will conquer evil always.
Believe in the good. BE the good.
— Dr. Seuss
I have spent the past couple days having really good days. Nothing particularly astounding happened. No records were broken. No major expenses were incurred.
I took time to enjoy life and enjoy the time I had with the people I had. So this weekend, regardless of place or circumstance, enjoy your life.
What’s better than one good day? Knowing that you have the power to make tomorrow a good day too.
Love and Light,
— Robert Fulghum
Just a friendly reminder…
Every night has its day.
Every tear has a smile waiting its turn.
Hang in there. The best is yet to come… and while things may not always be great, there will always be good.