Sunday, July 05, 2009

How Do You Wake Up?

Do you wake up excited, ready to embrace the day with a vengeance? Maybe you’re someone who wakes up with a list you made the night before of errands and chores that need to be accomplished before your workweek begins. For many of you, I’m sure you wake up needing that ‘cup of joe’ (caffeine explosion) to bring you back to life (especially if you were up late burning the midnight oil, in other words, partying the night away – and you know who you are – LOL).

It really isn’t about how you wake up (although happy and full of life is the best way), it’s that you woke up at all (LOL). Seriously, it’s what you do in that first hour of your daily rebirth that sets the tone for the remainder of your day. If that means getting in the shower first thing, having coffee, calling a friend, going to the bathroom, reading a newspaper, feeding a pet, doing a crossword, etc., then do it if it’s going to get you rolling in the right direction.

However, the best way to start any day is by feeding the body first. I’m not talking about food. That can come later. I’m talking about stretching and hydrating. Stretching in the morning (especially if you’ve got old bones like me – LOL) can do great things for your back and shoulders, helping to remove tightness, which can leave you achy and tired throughout the day. A few glasses of water will help hydrate your body making you more alert, bringing clarity and a fresher outlook, thus helping you make better decisions and keeping your attitude in check. Having caffeine first thing in the morning can interfere with your hydration levels, causing an imbalance, giving you a false start and an inconsistent day.

Like many, I have my challenges too, but more often than not I wake up ready to embrace the day because I respect my body and listen to what it has to say. It thanks me when I treat it well. It respects me, and I respect it.

Today is Sunday, and it’s MY day! Sundays and me are simpatico. It’s my favorite day because I make it all about who? … ME! Some may think I make everyday about me (LOL), and why not? If you can do things for others and the world at large and still make the day about you… Go for it! That is easier said than done. However, each one of us must take at least one day out of the week and make it about us, thus Sundays being my day.

This Sunday was one of the best I’ve had in a long time because I slept in a bit. After, I stretched and got myself hydrated. I did a little reading, finally finishing Building The Frick Collection from the Frick Museum. Shortly after, I grabbed a pair of garden shears and cut all the flowers from my window boxes, made small bouquets of flowers and placed them throughout my home. For a brief moment it was hard to think about cutting the flowers because they look so beautiful in the window, but they will grow back and seeing that rich color indoors is even sweeter.

What really got my day off to a great start is an email I received. Here is an excerpt…

“Were I living in or near Baltimore I would enjoy dining with you knowing that our conversations would stimulate our minds. Schopenhauer is onto something here: ‘All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident’ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860). Bujold offers what you say in another way: ‘Honesty is the only way with anyone, when you'll be so close as to be living inside each other's skins’ – Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999. Finally I learned somewhere that people fear love the most because it costs the most. The honesty, loyalty and respect you seek can only be found among those who are honest, loyal, and respectful to their real self - the majority of people (men & women) in our US culture hardly know who that person is at his/her most fundamental level, that of being and/or spirit.” - Tim (SD)

To the writer, thank you for you have inspired me with your words and the words of others.

Dear Reader, I hope you woke up to a wonderful cool sunny summer day. I hope you stretched, hydrated and put your mind on the right path, remembering not to do it one day, but everyday. All of us deserve that much, especially in today’s troubled world.

Now I am off to the Baltimore Museum Of Art, where I’ll enjoy beautiful art and a glass of champagne at Gertrude’s. Everyone enjoy your day. Remember to wake up smart on Monday. – paerki

(The pictures in this post are of my window box flowers… now my indoor flower bouquets.)

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