Ever feel like you just can’t get it all done?
I know the feeling. It’s as if you’re sinking in a pool of quicksand that smells a lot like dog poop. You’ve got nothing to pull yourself out with and if anyone is standing near by they aren’t helping. They’re laughing. Ever feel like that?
I remember when I had a full time job, two kids, a husband and an hour and half commute. I’d get home and have fifteen minutes to execute dinner. That’s when I’d remember I had company too. Life gets hectic.
But to be honest that hectic-ness had never been my main problem. I have a really stupid habit of adding more to my to-do list than I can actually do, then feeling really lousy about myself when I don’t get it all done, and worst of all, finishing my day beating myself up for not getting as much writing done as I expected.
There’s lots of self-help gurus out there and books on how to live the perfect life or how to commit suicide. One or the other genres may solve your problem. It’s important to experiment, but holy guacamole you need to be careful when you apply other people’s ideas to your own life. It’s like borrowing someone’s clothes and expecting them to fit. Often they don’t.
I work on my morning ritual. I’m not saying this is the answer for everyone, I’m just saying this is what works for me.
My latest version: I rise at 6, meditate to 6:20, write three affirmations, do a one page write, and a few stretches. It’s my time.
How you start your day matters a lot. You need time for yourself. Time to connect to what’s important to you. Time to reflect on your sand box. At least that’s what I need.
I googled morning rituals and found there are many ideas out there. No surprise. The one that made me laugh: smile at your self in the mirror for three minutes. Really? Seriously? Many made me tired before I began, because they involved too much stuff.
I think the best morning ritual is the one you design yourself, to meet your needs, to feed your spirit.
Three Morning Quotes:
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~Marcus Aurelius (via Brainyquote)
“Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.” ~Ray Bradbury (via Brainyquote)
“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,