February 22, 2021 2 min read 4 Comments

Scrolling through my overcrowded inbox today, I saw a message from by Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.  She wrote about starting your day well. I expected an admonishment on how I should rise an hour early for one of those perky pre-dawn exercise classes, or take a cold shower, or some other walking-over-hot-coals kind of motivational technique.  Instead, the words were a warm wave that washed over me with validation and relief.

The choices you make upon waking can have a profound impact on your day. If, still drowsy, you hit the ground running, rushing to prepare yourself to face your worldly obligations, you will likely feel fatigued and overwhelmed for most of your day. A leisurely and relaxing morning, on the other hand, can energize and excite you, as well as give you the courage to meet the challenges waiting for you. By beginning your day in a focused and centered fashion, you make it your own. You set the tone of your expectations and choose the mood you will use to respond to your circumstances. A gentle, reflective, and thoughtful morning will prepare you to create a gentle, conscious, and thoughtful day.

It is so true.  Even though we have no pressing engagement, Bill sets the alarm for 6:30.  I’m a night owl by nature, so I’ve had to adjust, but even so,  I look forward to that time. 

I roll out of bed and pull on my bathrobe while Bill makes coffee. We spend about a half an hour together, quietly drinking our coffee, each engaged in our own activity.  Bill sits in the high-backed rocker and reads the news.  I curl up in the corner of the sofa with my dog by my side, and I knit.  It is the best half hour of my day. Do you remember those MasterCard commercials, Coffee $2, Yarn $12, bathrobe $40, half an hour of quiet time: priceless. 

That time is critical to how our day goes.  We make it a priority to build that half an hour into whatever crazy schedule awaits. 

The knitting project for that time is important too.  It must be something calm and soothing.  If my current project is at a critical point, it’s not the one for that time.  Mornings need smooth and easy knitting.  It’s eithers something mindful with a stitch pattern I can repeat silently, or something meditative that allows me to clear my thoughts.  It doesn’t matter which.  It’s the time spent knitting and centering ourselves that’s important. 

Getting up early and being ready for the day is not a new idea.  I think every success guru out there encourages it. What was new, to me anyway, is that it’s not only okay to ease into our day, it’s profoundly positive for our life and our health. It’s self care which helps us be better to ourselves and better to others. It’s part f the knitting life. 

Is knitting part of your self care? I would love to hear in the comments.

Warmly,

Ellen


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4 Responses

Jodi Grzeczka
Jodi Grzeczka

February 23, 2021

For years I craved the time and “luxury” to get up and start my day the way I wanted to, greet the sun with my cup of coffee, and watch my dog start his day. Now that I am retired, too often my coffee has to wait, but I am greeting the sun (or snow, or gloom) with my TWO dogs, in my own backyard, saying good morning to the birds that visit us, and watching my puppy’s reaction to the world around her. My 12 year old Lab has taught her well! Then we come in and I get my sit-down time, and a cup of coffee!

Andrea Swierczek
Andrea Swierczek

February 23, 2021

You confirmed what I wanted to hear, I’m glad I’m not the only one that prioritizes a good morning knit. I drink coffee and knit each morning for at least 30 min…sometimes longer. I prefer the complicated stuff in the morning when I’m sharpest : )

Susan
Susan

February 23, 2021

Well said! What a lovely way to frame that wise quote in your well-chosen words!

Easing into my morning is so important in my life that on weekdays I am up at 4 AM to ensure that I have that quiet and meditative start to the day. Knitting is how I recapture that relaxed feeling later in the day. Susan
Debbie Silberschlag
Debbie Silberschlag

February 23, 2021

Ellen,
Great writing, as always!
Debbie

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