+ a Mary Oliver writing prompt & happiness hack #2
Just beautiful. I have never been an early riser but I am now; since removing alcohol from my life, I am sleeping the sleep of the dead, as it were, and it’s almost hard for me to fathom. I also used to scoff at gratitude lists; I don’t anymore.
I’m an early-ish riser, but I always wonder whether the correlation to happiness is just that--correlation, and not causation. People have the energy to rise early because they have the energy to rise early.
Great read. Thank you for sharing!
Julie, this is so beautiful and authentic. “I’m grateful for any day when I don’t wake in pain—physically, emotionally, or spiritually. I’ve had mornings like that—pinned to the bed by my body, or curled under the covers in grief or anxiety. I’ve had enough nights when sleep is scarce, and worries wake me, to recognize the gift and balm of an easy morning.” I feel the same. I also really like Oliver’s poem “Soft Morning,” and it made me think of what you wrote and how you are treating yourself. I love how you are thinking of how to lean into better living but also applying grace and a grain of salt. I am grateful for you and your words today.
Peace and love! Drink the early morning gold of the sun 🙏