Joy comes in the mornings. Each morning is the start of a new day, a day filled with new possibilities. I am a morning person; ask anyone who knows me. I wake up 30 minutes earlier than I have to each day so I can have some time for me – time to have a cup of coffee, time to read my devotional, time to say my prayers, and time to plan my day.
I love sitting in the quiet. It’s a calmness that helps ease me into the day. I feel grateful as I look around and see everything I have worked so hard for. I think of everything I need to accomplish for the day. I think happy, positive thoughts.
I especially love my weekday mornings. While my kids are all teenagers, I still enjoy waking up them up each day and making their lunches. By the time they come to the kitchen each morning, I have everything done so I have 20-30 minutes to talk to them, or sing or dance or even make them laugh. Our schedules are crazy, but I know this time each day I have with them. I choose to drive my boys to school each day – not because I have to, because I want to, because I get to. Some days there isn’t a lot of conversation on the way. Sometimes they just listen to me sing with whatever song comes on the radio. (Poor kids, I have a terrible singing voice.). As they leave the car, I tell them I love them (and to “make good choices, be a leader.”). These are the things that make my mornings great, make them special. I know these days are numbered so I want to cherish each and every one of them.
I’ve been told I’m too happy in the mornings. Why not be happy in the mornings? Who knows what the day will hold? It may be one of your best days. The possibilities are endless. You have the ability to decide how you want your day to start and how you want your day to go. It may not always go exactly as planned, but if you have a good attitude and positive outlook, I am sure at the end of your day, you will be happy as well.
What is your morning routine like? Do you take a few minutes for yourself each morning? Do you like to plan out your day?
xoxo, Jane Anne
Have a lovely day! Find your joy.