I keep a little set of “Self Mastery” cards on my desk, they’re about 1.5 by 4 inches. Each one has on the back a word and an affirmation of insight, a zen thought. I like to look at a new one every morning and chew on it through the day. Today’s card says:
Farsightedness: I make sure my vision is not limited to what seems to be in front of me. My eyes are on the long-term consequences of action.
This thought reminds me that I failed in my effort not to sit down at my desk until after I’ve finished my early morning routine which consists of:
- hauling down the bedcovers to air the bed (mostly Bill is already up)
- putting on robe, slippers and placing butt on bathroom throne for the morning’s first dropping
- preparing mug of coffee and sitting down on the rocking chair
- sipping a few mouthfulls and taking 10-20 minutes to quietly inhale the start of a new day
- unrolling the purple mat and do 25-30 minutes of stretch and yoga exercises to lubricate creaky joints
And because I failed, I fell into automatic pilot after I booted up the laptop and checked email at my 4 primary addresses (for personal, commercial, website, and pro bono web work communications.) Heedless, next I checked out news feeds from my favorite blogs, and then the feed headlines of a long list of news organizations around the world (europe, india, china, asia, russia, middle east, autralia, usa, canada, latin america.) Watching the news snippets caught by this web of connection makes a person want to cry, they’re so full of pain and misery.
What happens if I don’t do my routine first (as this morning) is that I end up following who knows what train of computer-induced thought before I realize the morning is half gone. To regain my balance, I borrow the dogs to walk with them for an hour while drinking in the beauty along one of Juneau’s many hiking trails. Time to go do that.