Several months ago in an attempt to be more cognizant of the amount of time I spend on social media and surfing the Internet, I had my computer tell me the time in fifteen minute increments. Even though it does this twenty-four hours a day, I don’t hear it while I’m sleeping, even though the computer is just a few feet away from me.
This morning as I woke, I heard, “It’s five-thirty.” Are you kidding me? Since I was all caught up in a book I was reading, I’d been awake until after midnight, which means it was a really short night.
The truth of the matter is that I’m a morning person and I actually enjoy getting up early. If I sleep until seven am it’s a major accomplishment. On the very rare occasion when I’ve slept late, I feel like I’m way behind, that I’ve missed out on an opportunity to get some stuff done. So I started the day the same way I start every day, by reading some devotionals, some blog posts from my favorite bloggers, and reading a chapter in my Bible.
Hannah was extremely patient and allowed me to lounge in bed until after seven am. This is not an easy thing for her, she too is a morning person. She knows as soon as I put my Bible down, I’m going to get up and she is psyched and ready!
On non-work days, we walk on the Greenway, either the one outside our apartment complex or a longer trail that’s a couple of miles away by car. This morning we took the trail that runs just outside of the complex. One of the reasons I like to go early is because there’s no one else on the trail, except for maybe the occasional fitness nut who’s getting their miles in before it gets too hot.
The sun flickering through the trees, the delicate spider webs that are still intact after a night of bug catching, the birds singing and flitting about – I love all those things and they tend to disappear as the day goes on and more people hit the trails. I was thinking about how much I enjoy being out early and was asking Siri to make a note of it while I rounded a corner on the trail so I could remember to write about it later.
The words were barely out of my mouth when I saw them – one – two – three – four – Whitetail Deer crossing the path just in front of me. Equally stunned was Hannah who stood like a statue at my side. Though she rarely barks, she uttered something that sounded like “Wulf,” perhaps a doggy version of gulp? As I leaned down to praise her for being such a good dog, she decided it was high time to check out those deer, and now I’m pretty sure my right arm that was holding the leash is a couple of inches longer than my left.
It’s been a great morning so far and I haven’t even had breakfast yet! How did you start your day? Are you a morning person or do you prefer to sleep in?