As spring rolls in, and the birds start to chirp earlier and earlier each morning, I am reminded of a Stephen Covey quote that always inspired me and my early morning walking friend of over 15 years.
Here it is:
"If we can overcome the pull of the flesh to arise early in the morning -
putting mind over mattress -
we will experience the first victory of the day.
We can then move on to other things.
For by small means are great things accomplished.
Such an early morning victory gives a sense of conquering, of overcoming, of mastering --
and this sense propels us on to further conquer difficulties
and clear hurdles throughout the day.
Starting the day with a private victory over self is one good way
to break old habits and make new ones."
I so believe this is true.
Except for this morning ... after decades of "having" to awake before dawn, every once in awhile, I find great joy and pleasure in sleeping in.
So, with grace for yourself sometimes, consider rising a tad earlier than normal ... and start your day with a "private victory."