“Why are you still in bed? Are you sick? Did the gym close? Is there snow on the ground?”
These are the questions I am peppered with if my children happen to stumble across me still in bed at six o’clock in the morning.
(I know…we are a “special” kind of family in which everyone in our house is typically awake by 6am. Bless us all.)
Their daily reality is that mama is up early and typically at the gym when they rise. I do not do this because I have some sort of sick personality that likes to be tortured in the wee hours of the morn.
Nope. I do this because I know what simple rituals make a day better for me.
In my case, I really need to be the first one up.
Blame this on my introverted personality, but I do not want to talk to anyone or see anyone when I get up in the morning. I relish the quiet and stillness of our home in the early morning. It allows me to deal with the chatter and business of the day later on as the house becomes alive again.
Early morning rising while everyone else snoozes is a daily truth for me.
Daily truths are things that I know to be true that make a day better for myself.
They are not flashy (i.e. having someone hand deliver a cup of coffee and a NY Times best seller to my bedside every morning) and hopefully do not impose on others (my children will tell you there are days when it is *painful* to wait until that clock reads 6:00 am to jump out of bed and start talking).
Rather daily truths are the things I recognize that need to happen (fingers crossed) to feel like I can take on the day.
That sounds rather dramatic, considering I lead a lifestyle in which I never fear for the nourishment or safety of my family, I do not work outside of the home, and I live on the border of one of America’s plushest suburbs. Middle class America is quite nauseating at times, is it not? Anyway, I regress.
Simple truths in our daily life allows us to see the core of ourselves. I know as a believer I live by the idea that the “joy of the Lord is my strength.” I also know that the Lord created coffee and that gives me a whole lotta strength to tackle the day.
So what are my simple daily truths?
- Be up before anyone else. Yep..this means I typically set an alarm on the weekends.
- Time spent reading in the early, quiet hours.
- Exercise. My body and its special circumstances requires it to keep functioning. My mind requires it to be a nice person.
- Greeting my family on a positive note each morning…even in those moments when #1 does not occur. I cannot feel at peace with myself if I start off grumpy with my people.
- Some alone time in the afternoon. We are busy and some days this really may just be ten minutes in my room with the door closed. It is necessary.
- Did I mention coffee?
As you contemplate your daily truths, ask yourself these questions.
How do I want to feel on a daily basis?
Be realistic. We cannot feel super excited and terribly happy all the time. That is called a “Disney World vacation” and we eventually have to return home to real life at some point where work and bills and flower bed weeds await us. The body cannot run on full steam ahead- mode 24/7. Rather, ask if you want to feel content? Peaceful? Calm?
What is going to get me to the point of feeling that above feeling on a regular basis?
This is where you identify your truths. This is where I start perking the coffee. How can you feel a reasonable amount of calm on a regular basis?
How can I make decisions about my daily truths based on my current situations?
This is where I set the alarm clock on a Saturday because I know I want to read in peace before my offspring shoot out of bed and start asking me what is for breakfast and do we have a plan for the day. If you know your daily truths, examine your situation and see how those can become a fairly normal reality. This is the point where you also have to be realistic with yourself. Want to know how to completely fail at daily truths? Setting the bar too high or setting expectations for yourself that are not going to happen. Be kind to yourself..that is the whole basis behind acknowledging daily truths.
Recognizing your daily truths means going to the extra effort to make sure life is designed to incorporate little things that make you feel good so you can be the best version of yourself.
Not the perfect version of yourself…because that simply does not exist.
Rather work on shaping a pretty darn good version of yourself through the identification of your daily truths as you serve your family and others and reflect God’s love and blessings back on his people.
Now it is your turn: What is your daily truth? Share…because I may want to steal it ;).