“It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter
You will notice that there is no Day 2. Yup, the combination of waking up an hour and a half earlier than normal and then getting absolutely no sleep (darn you, Destiny) was about as unhealthy as you imagined. I did wake up and do generic morning routines, but no luck on writing any of it down. On to day 3!
Day 3 – Thursday, April 30th, 2015
6:10 AM – Wake up, prayer. Sleep cycle is still a champ, but man, everything feels so cold in the morning. So, so cold.
6:13 AM – Meditate and prioritize my day. I imagine how would my today would go down, sort of an affirmation. Read on and you will see that my day will progress quite differently
6:16 AM – Read scriptures. No music on the reading. Just me and my phone/scripture app.
6:22 AM – Morning rituals, wash face, brush teeth. Washing your face and brushing your teeth just gives you that amazing sense of clean.
6:44 AM – Stretches with Phraktured and Timer. I’m not big on hypes and fads, for diets or exercise. [Insert newest fad name here] is not a great way to build a health regiment. At the time of this writing, it is the 7 minute work out, but by the time you read this, it might be something else. Phraktured’s “Starting Stretches” has been around for quite some time, and used to be a free copy pasta, but is now integrated into a paid program.
6:55 AM – Shower 5 minutes? Challenge accepted.
7:05 AM – Challenge failed. Oh well, time to change.
7:12 AM – Breakfast is kale and green pepper omelet with cheese and bacon. Off to work.
So apparently my car battery needs to be replaced. At least I hope it is just the battery and not the alternator or something more insidious. Good job on Kayle (my car) for pretty much going one whole year without anything breaking down. I got her when she was 80k miles, and she is 110k miles now.
The point is, I woke up in such a positive mood, that this event didn’t phase me. Instead of going into a “why me” mode or, even worse, a “panic” mode, I went into troubleshooting mode. After double checking my suspicions, I determined the issue was the battery, located a room mate, and jumped my car. A weaker me would have thrown up his arms in defeat and just thought despairing thoughts. Even though buying a new battery really wasn’t in my plans for an ideal day, so what? Day is still going to be awesome.
Also, I love that the LatterDay Morning is a modular system. It is not a one size fit all plan. If you notice, Mark and I have slightly different routines, mostly because we want to use LatterDay Morning for different purposes. I could add and remove modules of it depending on my desires and goals. Thumbs up
“Happiness is a choice.” We hear that so much that it pretty much doesn’t register anymore. But, we often don’t qualify it. “Happiness is a conscious choice”, is more correct, in my experience and opinion. If we are too tired, distracted, morose, stressed out, or otherwise incapacitated to make that conscious choice, than that means you will be left to react to the events surrounding you. One of the end goals of LatterDay Morning is to emphasize the amount of mental and direct control you can exert on you and the events and tiny places in your environment.