My relationship with my iPhone is on shaky ground. On the one hand I appreciate that she keeps track of my life for me, but on the other hand I spend considerable time with her. I was rereading Byrd Baylor’s The Way to Start a Day when I considered the way I’d been starting my days…
Get up to shut off iPhone alarm
Glance at emails and texts
Play a round of Ruzzle
Scan weather app
This is much different than Byrd Baylor’s:
“The way to start a day
and face the east
and greet the sun…”
Beginning my day with social media, I allow things outside myself to set the tone for the day. Some days this is fine. I’ll read a funny blog or receive a thoughtful text and think about it as I chew my cereal. Other days it is disconcerting. A lot of bad news gets circulated on social media and starting my day with fearful thoughts or disturbing images affects me. My mind can clutter quickly in those first minutes of the day.
The morning after reading Byrd’s wisdom I got up and stood outside for a full minute. I listened to the birds, pulled a weed, noticed the green of the grass and took a deep breath. Listening to the tweets of actual birds (not Twitter) and feeling the weather first (not my Yahoo! weather app) felt right–more me. That was several weeks ago and I’m still rising and heading outside so I can better connect with my inside.
Does the way you start your day help you feel more “you”?