How’s it going?Posted: January 9, 2013
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
Did you make any resolutions for 2013? Goals? Plans? Commitments? If so, how’s it going?
Wisdom teaches us that none but birds should go out early, and that not even birds should do it unless they are out of worms.
~ Mark Twain
As you may or may not recall, I declared that January 2013 would be my month of early rising. To be honest, I’m meeting this goal about half way. That is, half the time I get up early. Half the time I don’t.
Well enough for old folks to rise early, because they have done so many mean things all their lives they can’t sleep anyhow.
~ Mark Twain
I’ve been wondering if I picked a bad month for early rising. In the wee hours of the morning, the bed is so warm and cozy and comfy. The rest of the house is cold (we keep the heat turned down at night). Just the thought of my bare feet on the chilly hardwood floor is enough to send me ducking back under the covers. Who wants to get up early in January? January is a month to hibernate. To sleep. To dream. To reflect. To go within. What kind of crazy person decides to start getting up early in January??
I could resolve this problem. One way to do so would be to give up for now. Make January 2013 the month of some other small change. Another option is to reset the program on the thermostat so the heat kicks on earlier.
Rise early. It is the early bird that catches the worm. Don’t be fooled by this absurd law; I once knew a man who tried it. He got up at sunrise and a horse bit him.
~ Mark Twain
I think I’ll continue to give early rising a try. Even if I manage it only half the time, it’s progress. I love the peacefulness of the early morning, of sitting in the dark and watching as the day begins to awaken. I love the way the calm permeates my yoga and meditation practices. My writing flows, pen gliding easily over the page as I empty my head of whatever thoughts are rolling around in there at that time of day.
And on the days my body overrules my desire to get up, I’ll listen. Even on the days I sleep in a little, I don’t miss the sunrise. It’s easy to be up and out of bed for the sunrise in January. Sunrise this week occurs around 7:52 am. (Sunset, for those inquiring minds who want to know, is around 5:15 pm.) Perhaps the wise thing to do is adjust to the season by following the sun.
I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for joining me for a look at yesterday’s sunrise and sunset. It’s warm here today. Sunny. We’re saying goodbye to the snow and ice as they slowly melt away. Streamlets of snowmelt are pouring down the hillsides, through the meadows, and into the pond and creek. The predominant sound outside is that of dripping and melting and water running. It’s a lovely, musical sound that I find very calming.
Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time. 🙂
The body is our primary feedback mechanism which can show us what is and isn’t working about our ways of thinking, expressing, and living. As we live our truth more fully and freely, our body grows healthier, stronger, and more beautiful.