This morning, at 5:30 AM, I discovered the secret community of Those Who Rise Early.
I can't believe this world exists. There I am, alarm going off, pulling on work-out clothes and stumbling to the driveway, when all of a sudden, I look around. At the unnatural hour of 5:30 AM, there are actual people walking about. Happy people. People with dogs and friends and strollers and. . . energy.
What coffee do these people drink?
I pass folks out in their yard and folks driving places. I see three runners, several walkers, and some gardeners. Why in the world are they so happy? Do they know it's 5:30 AM?
It's a secret community. Those Who Rise Early do things like work out, drink a quiet cup of coffee, stroll in their gardens, take leisurely showers, fix their hair, empty the dishwasher, prepare breakfast, and then, they greet Those Who Rise Late with a smile, ready.
I've been in the later group my whole life. I'm the one in the bad mood, dragging myself around, begging for coffee, griping at everybody and wanting my soft bed back. Let me sleep! I need my sleep! I'm fighting the DNA of generations upon generations of Those Who Sleep Late. I need to sleep until that last possible minute. So stop bothering me and hand me that cup of coffee. I need to sleep late.
Do I? I decided to interview Those Who Rise Early. This club chooses to greet the day differently, and it's supremely amazing to join them. They usually delight in 2 hours of solitude and productivity before children rise, before traffic surges, before the onslaught of the day. Of the men and women I've talked to, this 5:30 wake up has changed their lives. They wake that early for a variety of reasons: personal prayer or meditation times, exercise, solitude, meal preparation and house organization, reading or writing. Those people seem to live with with flair because their early rising prepares them for the day.
My early morning wake up is part of living with flair. I've taken a nose-dive off that plateau. I'm hoping to change this part of my life and join the secret community of 5:30 AM. Day by day, day by day.