Good morning!

I am definitely a morning person.  I love the quiet of the morning, before anyone else gets up.  I love the way the air is so fresh and smells good.  I love the peacefulness.  Did I mention I love the quiet?

I need to qualify though.  Just because I am a morning person doesn't mean I spring out of bed with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.  Okay, there is usually a song involved, but I'm not usually smiling.  Most of the time I'm hitting my snooze button as many times as I can before I drag myself into an upright position.

What I find though, is once I'm awake, my brain starts going full bore.  I'm making to do lists, deciding what to wear,, organizing my kids schedules, planning birthdays and other special occasions and all while still sitting, eyes closed on the edge of my bed.  I can't turn it off.

I guess it's a good thing.  I've always liked being a morning person. But sometimes I wonder what it would be like to still be energized after 7 pm.  To still be thinking and planning and doing. For me, when the post dinner cleanup is done, so am I.  

That is definitely not the case for my husband and most of my sons.  They are the opposite. In the mornings they often stumble around in a zombie-like stupor with slightly glazed eyes, making unintelligible grunts and walking with shuffling steps. But in the evening, when it is my turn to behave like the undead, they are full of life, they are playing guitar, inviting friends over, playing games, singing, telling stories and laughing. Sometimes I wish I could be one of them.  It looks like so much fun.

But as I sit here this morning with the house all still around me, sipping my tea and listening to the sound of the rain outside my window, I know it will never happen. It wasn't meant to be. God made me a morning person.  I am meant to be at my best at this time of day, and I'm thankful because as much as I love hearing the laughter and fun of the evening my soul craves the peace of the morning.

So I encourage you today to embrace who you are and make the most of it. Whether you are a morning person or you come alive later in the day, be thankful that you are who you are. Take the time to appreciate your life and your loved ones. After all each day is a gift.  Let's not waste a single one.