I’m blessed to be born with good health, and a very positive mind. Most mornings I wake up happy, and excited about the day. I know that is not the norm, and I am truly grateful for this. Of course there’s exceptions..like this morning. Can you relate?
I didn’t sleep very much last night, and at 4.30am I’ve already had my first two cups of coffee. If I can’t sleep I rather get up, than stay in bed. (Not a big fan of the snooze button.) That way I have the power to turn the day more into my liking.
After spending some time getting my attitude, and priorities straight, reading my intentions/goals (that I have conveniently in a document named REMEMBER, on my desktop, especially for mornings like this,) having another cup of coffee, reading some inspiring photography articles, I decided to make the most out of the available early morning time.
I didn’t have anywhere to be until noon. My morning was wide open. By 6am my daughter had finished her breakfast, and was dressed. My dog begged for adventure. I happened to be in beautiful California, close to the Sacramento River. Is there any question of what to do? Sunrise photos of course!
Our Outer world reflects our inner commitments. If we want to know what we’re really committed to, all we have to do is look at our lives. We are, whether we are aware of it or not, always creating exactly what we are most committed to.
The choices we make are ALWAYS in alignment with our deepest commitments.
By examining what we have and what we don’t have.. we are able to uncover and see what we are TRULY committed to. – Debbie Ford
I like to think of myself as dedicated to my family, a healthy lifestyle, and my photography. I love this quote by Debbie Ford, actually so much that I put it in my updated About Page.
I love watching the sunrise, and sunset. Especially out in nature, with an unobstructed view. It gives my day a golden frame. I am never as happy as I am, when I’m out in nature. Lately I haven’t watched as many sunrises, and sunsets as I would like. That’s something I’ve decided to work on. I started today!
The Sacramento River is an experience. It doesn’t really matter where you choose to admire its beauty. Combined with the rising sun, the magnificent river definitely pushed me out of what was left of the bad attitude, I unintentionally started this day with.
Today It’s only Friday, and my Gratitude Challenge is officially tomorrow, but today I am truly grateful for the gift of this beautiful morning. I am grateful for moments of pure joy with my daughter. Watching her splash in the cold water. Enjoying her laugh echo over the valley. Feeling her warm hugs, as she takes a few seconds to run over to me. Smiling together, as our dog happily runs back and forth in the water, chasing (sometimes imaginary) sticks. ..and of course..as a photographer I am grateful to have 400+ new photos on may camera before 8am 🙂
Tell me about how you turn your day around, if you happen to wake up on the wrong side! Please tell me that I’m not the only one that happen to wake up on the wrong side, from time to time!?
Have a blessed day! I’m ready for mine!
PS. The photography article I mentioned that read this morning, was about shooting the same scenery from different angles.
PS 2. All the photos in today’s post are taken with a hobby camera for less than $500, and a very basic lens.
PS 3. In my world, nature is the biggest artists of them all, and my greatest source of inspiration. I choose this post as my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art, at the Daily Post.