Good Morning

The subject line for this blog post is Good Morning…

Mostly we say it in a perfunctory way, but I suggest that it really is (or can be) quite powerful.

Is Good Morning a hopeful wish we make for ourselves and others that they (and we) actually have a “good morning”?

Or is it potentially a powerful declaration: “I have awoken, and I give to myself and to the world a Good Morning.” Is it, indeed, a creation of the possibility of a Good Morning in the World? What could the World look like, if we declared it to be “Good” and lived into that conceit, that notion, that perception?

What if we really allowed ourselves to be present to the idea that we can create our own reality with a simple declaration like that.

First, it is enormously challenging. If we awake and say, Good Morning, and give the words the full power and force of our intention and promise for the day, then we have set the bar pretty high for ourselves in what we say and do from that moment forward. If we have declared it to be a Good Morning, then it is up to us to create it for ourselves.

One of the things we’ll notice right away is that the Universe is NOT dedicated to us having a Good Morning. How do we know that? Right after you declare Good Morning, start noticing all the things that can interfere with your having a Good Morning that are present in your life. The mess the dog made, the car that won’t start in the cold, the foot of snow to be shoveled outside the door. And that’s before we know anything from the “News,” the wars and disasters. Now, on the one hand, that is simply the daily reality; on the other hand, how we choose to receive these challenges is fully up to us. Do we embrace them as being all of a part of our Good Morning? Or do we ignore them? Or do we let them “kill off” our sense that it is, indeed, a Good Morning?

So, I notice that I live at a fairly tepid temperature most of the time. I make it a point to try to stay even, well-modulated, unruffled in the face of adversity and difficulty. I don’t get too excited. I actively strive to not respond in anger (a long and slow learning for me) to things and people who displease me. I go about my day trying to not make too many mistakes; actively trying to have more “successes” than failures, but largely failing to put myself really on the line for much of anything. Bland. Boring. Actually quite Exhausting, in fact. I get to the end of the day completely used up. But used up by what, indeed? Was that time that I “used up” out of my life’s allotment a cause for exhaustion because I used it so well? So fully? So satisfyingly? No, in most cases. It was exhausting because I spent my day in the effort to keep at bay all the things that I thought would impinge on my sense of equilibrium, of well-being.

My declaration of today is to fully challenge myself and to create for myself and others a Good Morning! and a Great Day!

(I’ll report back with how well I did. I’m already sabotaging myself by saying to myself, “Just who do you think you are?” Ha!)

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2 Responses to Good Morning

  1. Betsy January 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Good night! I choose to wake to the powerful words of “Good Morning” and “Great Day” tomorrow. Thank you for this opportunity!

  2. Rick November 24, 2019 at 9:14 am #

    Just read this because I googled the words “Perfunctory Good Morning.” I’m working on an article on waking. I remembered the googled phrase from a Rush tour book in which drummer, Neil Peart, described getting up in the morning and getting down to the business of song-writing. He mentioned the band and crew giving the “perfunctory good mornings.”

    I found this article from 2011. Like a little message in a time capsule. Cool the way things surface. Enjoyed your piece.

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