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Appreciation #24 - mornings

I've been thinking about the difference  between being grateful for something, and appreciating something. It seems to me that "gratitude" implies a prior lack of the thing in question, or perhaps that you needed to earn it, or wait for some larger force to bestow it upon you. Where appreciation feels somehow...closer to what I'm talking about. It feels cleaner.

Anyway, I'm a morning person. I love mornings. I love having the day all stretched out before me and ripe with the possibilities of what might happen in that time.

I also have something I call "morning-mind" where apparently my IQ goes up about 100 points. I did some work in Excel with my morning-mind yesterday and discovered several important things that will improve my workflow. Believe me, I take ample notes!


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Dec. 24th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Two things we agree on. First, Mornings, YES! I'm a very early riser - 4:30-5:30 AM (shades of my midwestern upbringing?) and really enjoy the peace and quiet of early AM. I'm at my most productive then, too and then fade out and nap between noon and three.

And also yes, gratitude is daily, hourly for things, mostly, and beauty, too, but appreciation? I think appreciation has an undertone of awe and true thoughtfulness.

Have a great Christmas, Jordan, and thank you so much for all of the wonderful reading and thought provoking posts over the last year.

Dec. 24th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
How wonderful to hear from a fellow early-riser. It's 10:30 am and, alas, my morning mind is gone. I've been up and working since 5:30 and I have lots to show for it ;-)

I also have all-day-long quiet to appreciate. I've got it pretty darned good.
Amanda Corlies
Dec. 24th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Okay, I feel better about us now that we have at least one thing we don't agree on. I was starting to worry about my parentage, as you know. LOL!

We are of opposite minds about mornings. My IQ goes down by 100 points in the morning. I am a late nighter all the way. My best writing time is the ten pm to three am quiet zone in my house. Anyway, I'm glad you are appreciating your mornings. I hope you have a wonderful holidays and hugs to you and the furry ones, too.
Dec. 24th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
You mean we're not actually separated at birth? Maybe we are, but you got the night brain and I got the morning brain.

I hope you have wonderful holidays as well! So far so good for me, I wrote a bunch of stuff and ate half a stromboli. Mmmm.
Amanda Corlies
Dec. 24th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
You're right. This could only make my case for separated at birth stronger, couldn't it? Out of respect, I'll wait until after the holidays to ask the parents. LOL! Can't wait to read the stuff. Hugs!
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Every now and then I glimpse a photo of myself were I look so much like my dad it's just creepy. (Minus the mustache. Heh.)
Dec. 24th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
I could just copy/paste ennorwen's reply about early rising.

It's a beautiful time of day, especially in summer. It's usually cool, and it's good to get out in the garden before the sun heats everything up. Plenty of birds around. It really is awesome.

Merry Christmas, btw. (5.30 a.m. Christmas morning here!) Many thanks for the wonderful stories you've gifted us with during the year. All the best for 2012.
Dec. 24th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Mmm...taking a thermos of coffee to the top of a nearby mound and looking out over the countryside as the sun rises is something I haven't done lately. I will need to rectify that when it's warm here again!

That's so sweet of you to say about my stories--thank you for reading. It means a lot to me.
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