I’m a ‘morning person’. One of those ‘in your face’… jumping up and down… crazy smiling people at 7:00AM kind of person. Coffee not required. 10 hours of sleep or 2… makes no difference… I pop out of bed each morning eager to face another day.
I have the perfect job for my personality!!! Five days a week I head on over to the local Senior Living apartments and check in on a few little ladies. First thing as I pull onto the property is to chat with the gate guards. No longer having to announce my name and who I am visiting, we talk about the weather and current events.
By-passing the ‘sign in’ sheet at the front desk, I stop for a quick hello with the Receptionist. With a hop in my step I run up the main staircase, down the hall, down another set of stairs, down another long hall and finally arrive at the door of my destination. I have greeted about a dozen residents “Good Morning”, “Hello”, “How are you?” along the way. My smile is still genuinely pasted in place.
An hour and a half later, I continue on to another resident… in another building. As I wind through the endless maze of halls, elevators, and stairways… I am greeted with smiles and sentiments from another two dozen or so residents and employees. It is such a cheerful place!!!
The routine of running errands has me greeting even MORE familiar faces. Gassing up the car, banking, mailing at the post office… more “Hello”s and “Good Day”s.
Then I go home. To my quiet sanctuary. After grabbing something to eat, I get engrossed in the daily tasks of day to day living… cleaning, dusting, paying bills, returning phone calls etc. My smile is beginning to fade.
Late afternoon arrives and I am finally able to immerse myself in a project. Creative problem solving… proper technique and form… how to mask an error… all consume me. By the time I look up again the day has passed, it’s almost bedtime, and I am STARVING!!!
I am tired, grumpy, and hungry, with a stiff neck from being hunched over my sewing machine or drawing board. Life seems to have been sucked out of me. As I crawl into bed I realize I haven’t uttered a word to anyone in over 10 hours, the silence is ringing in my ears. I lay my head on the pillow, Say “Good Night” to the air around me… there is no reply… and fall into a dead sleep.
7:00AM comes way too fast… yet I POP out of bed with a smile on my face and a bounce in my step… ready to embrace a brand new day!!!
How about YOU? Are you a ‘morning person?’ or do you need that first cup of coffee to get your motor humming???