Morning is Week 18th's theme and I must say, has rarely been a friend of mine. I was always a night person. I enjoy staying up late, even as a child. My mother said she would fall asleep with me in the big white rocker, and at 11:00 p.m. when my dada came home, I would get up and welcome him home from work. I enjoy the night for many reasons. One is because it seemed quieter than day light hours. I lived on a busy street and cars where always going and coming all hours of the daylight. At night, it was quieter because less traffic and I seemed to think better My head clearer and calmer at night. I have only learned to be a morning person because I stopped fighting the need to stay up. And someone is paying me to be up early.
As an elementary school principal, I feel the need to be at school before everyone. When I'm at work before everyone, I feel I can collect my thoughts. I can prepare mentally for what might be thrown at me. I can watch and feel the school come alive with the voices and energy of the staff, students and their parents. So, I'm up between 5:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and push myself out of the house and on to work. I have trained myself to do this I know, because when I am on Winter or Summer break, I slowly slip into going to bed and waking up a little bit later everyday. And toward the end of the break I have to re-train myself to to reverse that process.
Morning for me is when I wake up. Sometimes that is before the sun or after the sun comes up. But every morning, with few exceptions, I read scriptures or something uplifingly spiritual. This too, helps me prepare for my day and all that may be thrown at me no matter if I am going to work or not.
The ultimate morning to me is sunrise. I have seen and photographed many a sunset. I do want to and have plans to shoot a sunrise. So look for that one. That photograph will be the reason I will get up in the dark, but I will also do my reading.