Today, the neighbors and I discuss how the first ten minutes of the day set the tone for the whole day.
"It's so true!" we all agree. If we wake up and snuggle children, sip hot coffee, and enjoy the view from the bedroom window, the day unfolds differently--and better--than mornings started with a jolt and a scowl.
Some neighbors snuggle. Some sing. Some pray. Some begin a gratitude list. I pet a cat and listen to that gratifying purr. I welcome the little ones into a new morning: "Hello! You're awake! Welcome to this beautiful day!" (OK, that's only on my very best mornings.)
Maybe it's true about the first ten minutes of every beginning: phone conversations, classes, projects, dinner, bedtime routines, soccer games. What if I began well and strong within the first ten minutes of each new thing? Perhaps, with that great momentum, I'd find myself carried into joy simply because I began well.
I want to wake up well tomorrow. The first ten minutes might just shape the whole day.
Do you agree? Do you have tips for the first ten minutes of the morning?