Today the sun rose at 5:52AM this morning and I’m proud to say that I was up – well up before then. Back in the day, which technically isn’t incredibly far removed – I would be running already – maybe have even completed a good portion of ten miles. It was an incredible feeling when one could start and finish the workout before the the sun appeared over the mountains. For me, I had already accomplished something – a workout, part of my training routine during the cross country or track season.
Yet it required a great deal of mental fortitude.
I’m not sure that that waking up early ever comes easily – with or without coffee. It’s almost as if the heavy presence of tryptophan in the air continually pulls down on my eyelids until I wake up at the same time as of the sun. Maybe this is as life should be. In heaven.
But again, I’ve reverted to my early bird discipline – not with running in the morning (I’m only disciplined enough to work out in the evening), but with attempting to seize the day – err morning. (How many of these blog posts are actually *written* in the morning? Few). In following with my last post, the morning time helps to re-evaluate and formulate my objectives in the short term. I know, impromptu habit/discipline sounds like a New Years Resolution – which, in that case, it’s either overdue or premature.
I wonder how much Congress could accomplish by grabbing a cup of joe and hashing out the details of cutting a trillion dollars from the budget in the disjointed raucous of a heavily trafficked coffee shop in downtown D.C. (or Phoenix) in the early morning. My guess is that they may be able to accomplish more here than behind closed doors. Sarcasm aside, I think the larger sentiment reflected by the myself and portion of the nation is that we are less than optimistic over any budget deals.
With the election battle lines being drawn, the economics the debt ceiling and sequelae will be pushed back until at least December where a vote isn’t required until just before Christmas.
Until then, we can only hope that our government will possess the mental fortitude needed to place the nation ahead of politics. And that’s a venti hope.