“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”
- Lemony Snicket
I'm feeling a bit etherial this morning. We woke up early because Matty had to be at work by 6:00, and I can't remember the last time I was on the road an hour and a half before the sun came up. And not for nothing - I absolutely love the morning time. There's something unbridled about a city just waking. It feels a bit secretive and mysterious to catch the first light of day before the others.
And then there's the idea of mercy. I never knew a day without mistakes, and I fully believe that every new day is a second chance. Perhaps that's a juxtaposing statement. I'm okay with it.
Let's talk about an ideal morning. I think the best start to any day is to check in with the mind, body, soul, and heart.
Set intentions for the day. Read something meaningful and something informational. For me, this is my Bible, an article from a magazine (typically Darling) or chapter of a book, and The Skimm - a morning newsletter highlighting top news in a fun, digestible way.
At the very least, stretch or go for a walk. At most, Cross Fit. Whatever it is for you, get the blood flowing and do something good for your body.
For me, this is prayer. It could be meditation or just finding some quiet space. This is number one for me - the smallest moments of the morning make the greatest impact in the day.
We've only been married for 5 months, but if Matty and I part ways without making even 5 intentional minutes for each other, we feel it. Take the time to be purposeful with your family moments, recognize the things you're thankful for and let them fuel your day.
And this, my friends, is why I rely on mercy every morning: because sometimes you're scrambling about until you finally sit down at the office and eat a cold breakfast at your desk. It happens. But guess what?
There's always tomorrow.
Tell me: how do you find balance in the morning? What's the best way to start your day?