Friday, March 22, 2019

Don't Forget to Say Good Morning!

From December until last week, I had to rely on a friend to drive me to and from work. I would meet her in front of the house. I started going out earlier to take a moment to myself before having to deal with the day job and all its challenges. (I’m a teacher so LOTS of challenges!) At first, I also thought it could be an exercise to help with my scene descriptions in my manuscripts. But the more times I completed the activity, the more I realized it was doing so much more for me.


My friend would text me when she was leaving her house, so I knew I’d have about ten minutes before she pulled up outside. I started going out at least five minutes before she was due, and I’d examine the world around me. I would take several deep breaths and clear my head. I’d recognize where the birds were and see if there were nests in the trees. I’d notice the sounds of different birds and which side of the street they were on. I would study the sky, making note of the colors and how they swirled into each other. I’d touch the rough edges of the stones that make up my front steps, rubbing my fingers over the loose pebbles on top. I would close my eyes and listen to the wind, making note of how it felt as it brushed across my cheeks. I would smell the smoke of the logs people were already burning in their fireplaces in the houses nearby.


Now I’m back to driving myself around, but I’m still starting my days off the same way. I just lean up against my driver’s side door instead of sitting on the doorsteps. The activity has become my own private greeting to the day, a way to bring me closer to God, and a way to open my heart to all the possibilities ahead of me for the following twenty-four hours.


If you’ve done this type of activity, tell us about your experience. If you haven’t, is it something you’d consider? Share your thoughts with us.

8 comments:

  1. Christa, what a wonderful way to start the day. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day things and forget to take those moments for ourselves. My husband and I usually take a walk each morning. We live in the country and take a walk through our pasture and the woods bordering the pasture. Each day, we find something new that reminds us of how much God is part of our everyday life.

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    1. That sounds great, Mary. I wish I could take walks like that.

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  2. Christa, your photos are beautiful. Where do you live? I want to move there! :)

    I get up early and watch the sun rise through my kitchen windows. It's a quiet time when I pray and greet the new day. We live on a lake so there's always something new to see--new buds on the trees, geese honking over the lake, squirrels forging for nuts. The moon has been big and bold in the morning sky these last few days. Always a special treat to view as it hovers over the water.

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    1. Debby, I live in TX but the pictures are from different trips I've taken and the beauty I've found there. I would LOVE to watch the sunrise each day!

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  3. I enjoy moments like this just going to the strand in my town post lunch where u just listen to the surf, hear the sea gulls above and the cool breeze on your n the pretty coastline. Havent done it recently will have make time for it as its quite relaxing

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  4. Yes, you MUST make time. It sounds wonderful!

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  5. Nice post. I need to do that. Take a moment to just let the day open before me with God at my side before I start rushing to do all the things.

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