Sounds of morning

Tranquil morningI am not really a morning person – waking up takes me a little time.  For years I would wake up to a clock radio playing adult contemporary music (which is a weird way to describe the eclectic mix) and keep the radio on while I blundered through my morning routine. I really am a creature of habit there; things happen in the same order or I stand in the middle of the living room and wonder what's going on and what I'm supposed to do.  I shower, make my bed, and then eat breakfast while reading the paper online before doing my hair, making lunch and getting dressed.

The last few weeks, though, I've gradually changed that routine – not what I do or the order I do it, but the soundtrack behind it.  I still wake up to music but then the radio clicks off and I listen to the silence.  It's a lot easier with the sun coming up at 5:07 a.m. – I actually am willing to get up in the first place when the clock goes off.  This morning the sweet smell of freshly mown grass filled my nose as I nibbled my breakfast (yogurt and peanutbutter and honey half sandwich) and I heard the distant whine of the golfcourse lawnmowers.  Birds chirped loudly right outside my window and I could hear the crunch of footsteps as early risers moved past my building on their way to their cars. A soft rustling of leaves as a breeze came through made me look outside, distracting my eyes from the solitaire game.

It actually recharges me to spend this quiet time in the morning and I'm starting to do it at the end of the day as well, to unwind and settle my spirit. How do you start your mornings?