Lessons from the Morning People

I have tried, over the years, to make myself more of a “morning person.” Getting my first real job didn’t convert me. Exercising first thing in the morning didn’t convert me. Heck, having my kids attend Crack of Dawn Elementary (where school starts at 7:40 AM) didn’t even convert me. I do get up early– I have to during the week. But though I still consider myself a night person—I’m beginning to understand a little more about morning people.

I just watched the Big Girls walk out the door at 6:58 AM this morning, so that my oldest would be at school for an early morning play practice. It’s pitch dark, their only light to guide them the moon and the street lamps lining our street. When I wake them in the mornings at 6:30 AM, there is no fussing or moaning, no protest of the night sky, no desire to rewrap themselves in their comforters to shield their bodies from the 45 degree pre-dawn temps. Just two girls busily getting dressed, brushing their teeth, eating their strawberries and pancakes, eager to start another day at school…

They remind me of a valuable lesson every single morning: If you truly love what you do, you’ll get up for it.



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