Minute #516: Good Morning!

“I don’t mean to complain, but I guess I’m just not a morning person,” Mrs. Borchardt admitted. “By the time 10 a.m. rolls around and my youngest is off to school, I’m ready to collapse.”

“I understand,” Mrs. Salomon replied. “I wake up groggy after rising several times during the night to quiet one child or another. I prefer not to be spoken to until at least noon. I don’t like mornings at all, either.”

It’s comforting for some to know that other people share an inability to get “up and running” in the morning. Just getting out of bed is a challenge for many. Most will tell you that morning is not their favorite time of day.

Morning, however, is a very important time of day. How you start your day will set the tone for the rest of the day. The best way to have a successful day is to wake up with joy. Birchot Hashachar list so many blessings for which one must be thankful. Say these berachot slowly and stress your appreciation of all the good that Hashem provides: Eyes to see and clothes to wear; an environment made for YOUR benefit. Smell the coffee and toast and look out the window at our beautiful world. Appreciate the food, clothing and shelter provided every day by the One Above. Savor the things others may take for granted.

Chances are that if you have a good morning, you will have a good day!

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

People who are unusually short or tall are often sensitive to this. To call someone “shorty,” or to make some disparaging remarks about someone’s height is considered onaas dvorim. The Torah evaluation of a person is based on his free will choices of right and wrong. To disparage someone because he is short or tall is focusing on a superficial attribute. (Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, The Power of Words, p. 129)