Daily Expectations

expectWhat does one expect when waking up? A good day? Or a bad one? When alarm clocks ring shrilly in the early hours of the morning, silent (and not so silent) groans fill the silent hour. Getting ready to join the daily rat race is not always an easy thing to do.

Unlike young children, many of us do not jump out of bed with a bounce in our step. Oftentimes I move through my morning routine with a type of numbness. I need the early morning moments to prepare myself mentally for the day. Silence, routine, and the mental check of what I am to do for the day help me to prepare myself for what I need to do.

My morning routine and alone-time prepares me for a positive day. It helps that I have nothing that worries me incessantly and that I enjoy what I am currently doing at work. If I have had a good night’s sleep, it is a bonus for a positive mood. As I close the door when leaving my home to go to work, I often look forward to my day.

And do I have a good day? Most times, yes. A day that begins with positive expectation and ends with quiet reflection.

How do you begin your day?

(This post was written as a response to the Five Minute Friday prompt expect)

10 thoughts on “Daily Expectations

  1. I need time in the mornings to slowly awaken and start in on my routines. Nowadays, it is easier, as I love my retired life.

    When I was still going to a job outside my home, I needed to awaken before anyone else so that I could have my “quiet time” to prepare for the day. I used to work on my manuscripts in those early hours…and they gave me a spark to help meet the day.

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    1. Most people to whom I speak enjoy their retired life as they are able to do things they cannot when working. It is a life that I look forward to πŸ™‚
      Like you did, I wake up before everyone else and I enjoy this time to myself. It seems to set me on the right track for the day.


  2. I’m just completely inconsistent – which is easy if you’re retired. Sometimes I wake with bags of energy and can’t wait to get on with the day. Other times it may be two cups of tea before getting up. What makes a big difference is the season – and the light. In winter, dark mornings find us waking much later, in summer the light calls early and says ‘Come and do things!’ I always resented routine, so this life suits me well. πŸ™‚


  3. Happy for you Colline. Mine is more or less similar, but I miss the regimen of an office schedule that kept me from procrastinating. Find I do that too much these days.


  4. When you have something to look forward to, it definitely helps to wake up in the morning. πŸ˜‰ My weekends are the ones where I wake with a spring on my body. πŸ˜€


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