What is it about a sunrise that gives you the feeling anything is possible? That the day ahead is full of opportunity? That adventure is waiting to be found?
I don't know but I enjoy it. See, I'm not really a morning person. Actually that's not entirely true because once I'm up, I do fairly well. It's the getting up part that's difficult some days.
Something I wish I did more often is watch the sun rise over the horizon. Not even so much the actual sun showing itself but the short period before; where first light begins to push away all darkness.
There have been a few moments where I've felt something because of the sunrise. One of them was during the GORUCK Challenge. After doing endless pushups and flutter kicks throughout the night in the crashing surf, we carried an 800 pound log along the shoreline. Feeling the sun rise up from the Atlantic, I felt renewed.
I especially love the mornings I get to watch the sun rise before it becomes hidden by clouds the rest of the day. It's like a reward that you'll only receive if you make the sacrifice of escaping the soft clutches of your sheets and comforter.
The sun provides light, warmth, and direction. Don't those equate to hope? I believe it does.
We are all guilty of wasting time but we should at least try and make something unique out of each day. Make that day stand out in your memory. Don't be discouraged when some days are just ho-hum, that's expected but look forward to the next day.
Some quick ideas on what you can do to make each day special:
- Write a short blog post or entry in a private journal.
- Take a photo during your morning commute.
- Explore a new place on your lunch break.
We don't know how many days we have left and should cherish each one. Although I understand if some days you just want to wear sweat pants and watch TV, you're allowed a few of those.
How do you feel about all this? Maybe you are more of a night person… I wonder if the moon has the same effect…
Thanks for reading and I hope I inspired you to find something special about each day.
[Image courtesy of GORUCK]