If you know me well, you know that I am a sleepaholic and hate crawling out of my cozy bed. It takes a solid hour, along with a strong cup of coffee (or two), before my brain cells start to fire.
I recently implemented a new routine I heard about which involves spending the first hour of the day outside on my patio, java in hand. I spend the first 20 minutes enjoying the beauty of my surroundings. I have several feeders for Hummingbirds, Orioles, and Goldfinches. Sometimes I am visited by an occasional Robin or Monarch Butterfly. I marvel at how God so uniquely created each being.
During the next 20 minutes, I read scripture, devotionals, inspirational books and I pray.
I spend the last 20 minutes making and/or revising my to-do list. I may not accomplish everything each day, but I try to check off the most important things. I am a type B personality and am easily distracted by my many interests.
I have found that when I follow this routine, I am much more inclined to stay focused. Unless, of course, Mel calls me. Then all bets are off!
Segue…….. (our favorite word) While the subject of birds is fresh, I am reminded of my current nighttime reading:
The Goldfinch painting by Carel Fabritius (1654)
I highly recommend it, let me know what you think!