- I become conscious.
- I locate myself. (I’ve been traveling quite a bit – and have moved twice in the last 5 months – so this step has become rather necessary)
- I scroll through all of the dreams I had during the night – and I sort through the feelings they drenched me in, I analyze why I dreamed about this or how I came to dream about that – and I carefully find the divide between the dreams and my day.
- (By the way, my eyes are still closed.)
- I check my body with my hands – make sure it’s still there in one piece and take stock of it on this day.
- I reach out to connect to the world, ie. I grab my Blackberry off my bedside table.
- I finally open my eyes – sometimes just one – read my emails, start to figure out what my day’s going to look like, read several blog feeds that come in during the night.
My inbox is often full of to-do’s – from colleagues and clients who, apparently, can’t sleep. But sometimes, there are some gems in there – like this morning when I found this:
Thank you, Jonathan, it’s true. And this morning, step #8 was a smile on my face.
And like that kinda cheesey, but kind of cool commercial (for insurance?) where one good deed begets the next, I felt a deep urge to go out and pay this loveliness forward. (And it even helped soften the blow when I got yelled at by the gestapo at Whole Foods a couple of hours later – but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)
The thing is, I have no idea what was going through Jonathan’s mind when he sent that email, and he had no idea what was going to be going through mine when I got it. We, the sender, can’t know. But we can guess that the kindness and the love will land well – unless you do it in a creepy way, I highly recommend that you don’t do that.
But what will you do? I bet you do a lot of wonderful things for people everyday – just out of habit and because you are fabulous. What if today, you do it in a premeditated way? Go forth, be wonderful…and let us know how it plays out.
Jonathan started it, you’re next.
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