Okay, I'm not going to lie. Today I totally did S.A.V.E.R.S. in the most random order (starting with my reading that I completed at about 2 AM). I told y'all yesterday that quarantine is a lawless land. I am, however, making better late-night choices. For example, last night I exchanged 11 PM tacos for a 2 PM Bible plan. Just saying. Small progress is still progress, folks!
I also didn't even hear my alarm this morning. So, there's that.
In other words, let's use this post as an example of what not to do, shall we? Kind of in a do-as-I-say-not-as-do fashion. You have been warned.
For example, last night I exchanged 11 PM tacos for a 2 PM Bible plan. Just saying. Small progress is still progress, folks!
What Happened after netflix
So, I couldn't sleep. It's the first day back at work today (if you want to call endless Zoom meetings being "at" work), and we have a lot on our plates. There are also some concerns weighing heavily on my heart, and despite my best efforts, I just couldn't stay asleep. I tried all the things. I talked to God. (Thanks for waking me up to talk to you, Jesus. I always appreciate this late-night alone time with you.) I found a Bible plan that supports those experiencing challenges in leadership. I read Day 1. I closed my eyes and imagined myself on yesterday's tightrope, met on solid ground via the sturdy foundation of faith. I snuggled the dog. But nothing would work. So, as old habits die hard, I clicked on Married at First Sight and let the dull sound of distant arguing lull me to sleep.
Again, I am not your best mentor here, friends. Find. Someone. Better. Than. Me.
And then I slept through my alarm.
However, my true Miracle Morning kicked off just before six, which is still two hours before I am due to be on the clock this morning, so I feel like I am still in Hal's (author of TMM) good graces. I did my Abide app (Silence) as I wiped the sleep from my eyes and again, the message was appropriate for the theme of the day. God is in control. Security is found in Christ alone. (John 17:12). Funny, Jesus and I had just talked about that a few hours back! Sometimes he truly waps me over the head until I have the ability to hear him. Sometimes I imagine that he uses a bat.
With my "S" in S.A.V.E.R.S. complete I pulled on my walking shoes, grabbed my headphones and decided to exchange the order of Affirmations and Exercise before the sun rose any further. I forewent my Fitbit app this morning. This girl needed some fresh air. Here is how the rest of the morning went:
Exercise - As I walked, I appreciated the son who showed up in his mask to take his elderly father for a walk. Be still my heart! This was fuel for my tired soul. Then, having nothing else but large amounts of pigeon poop to make me ask further questions about the world, I opened up Before Breakfast, a podcast by Laura Vanderkam. I really liked the session I stumbled across regarding a three-prompt approach to start your day.
Affirmations & Visualizations - I said them. Then I tried to envision them. Today it was easier to believe I was a flourishing author at my first book signing than either of my other roles. I will talk to God about this later. We have some things to clearly work out.
Reading - I finished The Miracle Morning. My takeaway was that I need to invite friends. If you all want a piece of this, you just let me know. I am sure I am doing a great job of really hyping this journey up today!
Scribing - In progress.
Moral of the story? Progress, not perfection. Today, I bounced through my morning ritual a little imperfectly. But you know what? I still enjoyed it, as tired as I am. I still have accomplished more before 7 AM than I might accomplish in the next several hours. And that feels good!