Last November, I wrote a post about Choosing Thanks that was part of of my decision to choose this year’s OLW and the intention of “more gratitude”. In the last few months, as I’ve been focusing on how my word and my intentions have intersected, I decided November would be the month I shared about choosing gratitude. I also figured I should do a few posts, maybe weekly? (anyone remember Thankful Thursday?) and I settled on four Thursday posts. Long-time readers likely know I journal five things I’m grateful for at the close of every day’s journal entry. You might also notice that my recent Looking Back posts include both a gratitude and a life-giving list. For me, gratitude is life-giving. and for these posts, I’m choosing to focus on the things that show up often on either list (because really, that means it’s something that’s showing up a LOT in my daily journal entries). Whew, that was a long way to introduce a blog post! Here goes:
Dark Early Quiet Time, shorthanded to “this time” makes my gratitude list at least weekly. and weeks like this … I had a colonoscopy yesterday morning, so I missed my time two days in a row … make it all the more apparent just how important it is to me. Here’s what that time looked like today.
I got up a little before 5 and made coffee. and steamed milk. I didn’t take a photo, but that was a big part of what I missed – and what I love. Early mornings without coffee mean black tea, and that is just not the same. The coffee takes about 12 minutes to brew; while it brews I check Instagram. and once I have that perfect cup of coffee, I head to my chair with Holly, light a candle, and read. for an hour. It’s my best reading time of the day (honestly, there are days I look forward to getting out of bed to spend more time with a book). Today’s pages were How the Word Is Passed. I’m only two chapters in, but I can tell this is going to be a stand-out read for the month (and the year), and I’m tempted to spend more time … but I haven’t had the second part of my time since Monday. So just after six, I poured another cup of coffee and moved to my desk.I spent about 30 minutes journaling … about yesterday, about today, about how I’m feeling in general, hopes, dreams, etc. I closed my entry with this Grateful List: 1. this time 2. Women’s Ministry 3. a sense of energy in spite of two sleepless nights 4. feeling like myself 5. HOT coffee with steamed milk.
and then I moved to the last part of this time – the spiritual time. Depending on the day, that can be reading and journaling responses to email devotions*, reading a book, journaling, centering prayer (meditation) … today it included three devotions, some journaling, and a yoga practice I’m trying out (which I missed yesterday, so I doubled up today). It felt wonderful to close the time with some movement!
and that was it. I finished around 7:30. it was still dark. and relatively early.
This time matters so much to me because it’s quiet (introvert time), I do things that matter to me, and I get a sense of being grounded, centered, and growing. and some days (today was one – I forwarded Steve’s email to a friend) I even find connection.
I’d love to know if you have morning routines – or parts of your routine – that make All the Difference in your day … please share!
*These are my daily devotions right now – Enneathought, Richard Rohr, Cameron Tribble, Steve Garnass-Holmes, and here’s the Yoga Practice. (I hope all those links work … some of these are newsletters without websites, so if you get stuck, just holler).
p.s. to all of you who leave such lovely comments – I’ve recently discovered that some of those notifications don’t come to me very promptly, and some land in my junk folder when they do come … all of which adds an extra layer of complication to my already not-so-great response rate. I’m trying to figure out a way around all that – in the meantime, please know I’m reading your comments here – and I’m grateful for every one of them. This community makes a regular appearance on my daily gratitude list and I trust one more lapse from me won’t break that link. Thank you all!