Let’s talk about morning routines. Every morning I love to go into the garden and ask myself a question. It might be “How is God’s love showing up for me at the moment?” Then I journal the answers that come to mind. It is fun to see how the answers progress from week to week.
Another thing I do to wake myself up for the day is to dance. Since I have developed an intolerance for coffee, I can’t rely on that to do the job. So I dance to one song. One cheerful song is all it takes to set myself up for the day. I feel energized and full of joy.
This morning I did something else that I sometimes do. I went for a swim at 6 am. It was early enough for the water to be refreshing. That is rare in the Caribbean in August!
I am not a big fan of swimming as I find it a bit boring. So as I swim the 1st length, I am grateful for the 1st year of my life. Then the 2nd length is about the 2nd year and so on.
When I have done this before I found that for some years I have negative memories that come up. Such as in my 9th year (aged 8) my teacher explaining about the Reformation and then publicly mocking me for being Catholic. It led to the boys in my class hitting or kicking me every day for about 2 years.
So this practice of gratitude is a healing experience for me. Tony Robbins has been quoted saying “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” I have probably mentioned it before.
As an adult, I can genuinely be grateful for things that go wrong, because they are always opportunities for growth. If I hadn’t been bullied as a child, I would not be a coach today. I would not have had the problems I had and sought to find the solutions to them. I would not have the deep compassion I have for the people I come across both in my work and in my life. So, yes, I am grateful.
But we were talking about morning routines. What is yours? And how can you incorporate gratitude and self development into it?
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