This is what I woke up to this morning:
Last time, I wrote about choosing what is important in life every day when you wake up. Today I wanted to write about how to make that decision really easy for yourself.
A lot of people know the old adage: “The only person you can change is yourself,” and this is absolutely 100% true. Part of changing yourself is changing what you choose to be around. If you live in a house you don’t like, go to a job you don’t like, spend time with friends that you don’t like, one morning you are going to wake up and not know who you are. One of the most important things you can do to change this is to choose what you wake up to.
Most days, you should wake up excited about your life, because you have taken the steps to fill your days with things you enjoy. You wake up and you know your day will be filled with the time to read books you like, or spending time with your pets, or practicing the ancient art of disco dancing, whatever you do that makes you smile. And it isn’t just activities, but stuff as well. If you spent $100 on an juicer when you end up just buying jugs of juice, then every morning you are reminding yourself that you don’t wake up to freshly squeezed juice, and that that was a $100 decision. Instead, buy something that makes you happy that you will actually use, or, in a lot of cases, don’t buy anything at all and use something you already have.
This may earn me the Captain Obvious award, but when you make your day all about money, then your day ends up being all about money! And that isn’t the sort of thing that makes a Life. Making your days about money can lead to very bad decisions: waking up only to get ready for a job you don’t like, accepting a promotion you don’t want, moving to a city you don’t want to live in, and the very worst: working through those moments that you should be with your family.
Don’t get me wrong: I understand that money is important. How on earth else would you eat? But people have forgotten how little money you actually need to survive. Money is deemed too important because many people think of their wants as needs. In all actuality, a person’s material needs are very small; what a person needs is love, family, and happiness.
All of these needs can be satisfied by choosing what you wake up to. If you wake up to your email account that you left open so you would know first thing if someone contacted you while you were sleeping, chances are you are going to have a hectic, Money sort of day. If you wake up to your spouse sleeping peacefully, the sun slowly rising outside, and you take a few deep breaths to really wake up, chances are your day will be restful and full of the things you really need.
And, just to make you all jealous, this is what I get to wake up to: