By Kenneth Justice
~ I’ve been working a lot lately…….a whole lot.
My typical work day in recent months starts at 7am and doesn’t usually end till 6pm; and many nights I find myself working till 8 or 9. Putting in eleven and twelve hour work days as a matter of regularity can be a tad bit exhausting to say the least. But as my Uncle Bob always said, “When the fields are ripe with harvest you better reap them while you can”.
For most of my life I’ve been an early riser. The summer of my seventeenth year is when I began my whole little ‘go to a coffee house to start my day’ thing. At the time I didn’t know coffee houses were an awesome avenue to meet some of the most interesting people; when I first started going to coffee in the morning I merely wanted to read the NEWS and whatnot before my work day.
Twenty years later, my time each morning at coffee has been the most rewarding part of my day.
Some people start their day with an inspirational devotion, others with a prayer, and some people begin each day by remembering what they are thankful for in life. I can’t say that my coffee house mornings are a strict regimen of the same behavior all these years because I go through so many different seasons of life.
—–) Some mornings I simply need to sit myself in the corner and think about everything that is going on in life
—–) Some morning I’m driven to read all I can about various topics
—–) Some mornings I’m thankful
—–) Some mornings I’m mad about something going on in my life that I don’t feel that I have any control over
—–) Some mornings I sit with the various characters at coffee and listen to their stories (many of which I’ve shared here on my blog)
In the midst of all the work hours I’ve been putting in over these last few months, my time at coffee each morning has become even more precious than ever. I don’t always make it up early enough to sit at coffee, but on the mornings that I do, I’m ever thankful for those quiet moments before sunrise.
Ultimately, each of us has our different routines. For me it’s obviously early morning coffee. For others it might be going for a walk each evening, or perhaps it’s simply kneeling beside your bed and remembering all that you are thankful for in life.
Whatever your little routine is that helps you get through each day, I hope you stick with it, because when the storms of life come….it will quite possibly be the thing that helps you get through them.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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