If only we could order up some time on the internet – or maybe with a 1-800 number. I wish we could. Because we all need a little extra time.
You need some time in the day to wind down, to wind up, to work your brain, or your heart, or your soul. You need some quiet moments to ponder what is going on inside you and in your home and in the world outside your front door. You need a little peaceful time where you can quiet all the loudness of daily business and to-do’s and the one billion thoughts that bombard your brain day in and day out.
I don’t know who you are. I don’t know if you are married or single, or if you have 10 kids or no kids. I don’t know if you work at home, or at an office, or if you go to school. I don’t know if you exercise or not. . . I don’t know.
What I do know is that we are better people when we have a little time to take a breather and remember who we are and what is important to us.
I know that if I can face the day with 45 minutes to an hour of alone time under my belt to start off, then I am a better mom. I know that if I take that time to just be me and do something I love, or pray, or write, or read, or examine my life, I have moments of growth that will keep me focused and content for most of the day.
I know it sounds like a tall order. We are all pressed for time. Activities, work, chores, families, friends, errands, paperwork, projects, school – the list seems endless. So where on earth do we get this time?? Here is the clincher:
Yup. I bribe myself with a cup of coffee and roll out of bed between 5:30 and 5:45 – sometimes even on the weekend. It keeps me sane. Yes, I am tired sometimes. . . well, most of the time, but I’m willing to make the trade. Otherwise, I would rarely get the chance at those quiet, introspective moments alone. Those 45 minutes of uninterrupted time fill me up and brace me for the day to come. That time strengthens me and grounds me and makes me content. . . most of the time.
Like everything on earth, it’s not 100% guaranteed, but it’s got pretty darn good odds. I’m still grouchy sometimes, I still lose my patience sometimes, I still throw internal pity parties for myself sometimes – but most of the time, most of the time, I am happier. I am more content and peaceful.
Most mornings I have found my mojo, and that means I can give more of my happy self to those around me. My hope is that they’ll in turn be able to share more of their happy selves with those around them and happy selves will ripple out boundlessly.
What’s that quote? “When Mama’s happy, the whole world is happy?” 😉
And if you’re not a mama, it doesn’t matter. When one person’s happy, it’s contagious. That’s really the point.
So go set your alarm, test out the auto-brew setting on your coffee maker, and fill your cup too. . . .