THIS MORNING —

“Early to bed and early to rise

Makes people healthy and wealthy and wise.”

That’s the folk wisdom, anyway. I kept thinking about “Late to bed and late to rise…” but couldn’t come up with anything at all, let alone anything inspiring. And yet that’s my modus vivendi, I’m afraid. I may pop into bed early, but ETA on my actual sleep time is guaranteed to be 11 p.m. or later. Much later, sometimes.

So when sunrise comes around, despite the impassioned descriptions of my early-rising friends (Pauline? Jen? are you there or are you outside already?) the beauties of the early morning sky tempt me not.

This morning, though, I’d been passing one of THOSE nights, you know, sleep a few hours, wake a few hours, sleep and wake, sleep and wake, won’t it ever be morning? THAT kind of night. So in desperation, about 5 a.m. I decided if you can’t lick ’em, join ’em, and I staggered into the front room to see the morning sky.

The Sun Also Rises ---

The streetlight’s still on — A few lights at the neighbors which burn all night — And a quite lovely turning-to-blue sky — Day is breaking. And to think it happens every single morning!

(How about you? What do you think of daybreak? Are you a lark or a night owl?)

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25 Responses to THIS MORNING —

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m a true lark, there’s nothing quite like the still of early morning!

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  2. Barb says:

    A lark, and I love it that way…..early mornings are the best part of the day for me! Everything is still and quiet as the world is waking up, the birds joyfully singing their morning chorus, happy at the start of another day and wondering what it will bring with it.
    Love your photo of the world still asleep!

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  3. It is tough, but it’s fabulous, right? Nice shot. 💤💤💤

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  4. Rebekah says:

    I’m up at 7AM every morning — it’s as if I’d had a built-in clock! To get dressed, and get OUT … now that would be an achievement! I have to muster up all my will-power to do that, and it hasn’t happened in a couple of years.

    It seems I need less sleep the older I get. Used to sleep 8 hours in order to feel good, but now I’m down to six, seven hours. Love the mornings, though … to see the sun rise is priceless.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      We’re somewhere in the same ballpark, Rebekah. My eyes are usually open by 7 am. But then they close again, or I’m into a book — but I’m not dressed and ready to get out, that’s for sure.
      OTOH — where would we go at 7 a.m.? Nothing’s open! (Yeah, I know I could go for a walk in nature. Alas, not my style.)

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  5. I adore early. pre-dawn morning. It’s just what has to happen in order to experience and appreciate it. My entire life I’ve been a night owl. I’m wondering if the adage about teaching an old dog new tricks is true. 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      I don’t know about the dogs and the teaching part, Eric. I think it does get harder to learn new stuff, yes —
      However, after 75 or so, spontaneous change begins to happen. Unbidden, to be sure, but definitely change, and in unexpected ways. So you never know! The adventure continues. Owl into lark? Who knows!

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  6. jfb57 says:

    Wonderful achievement especially as you turned a possible negative situation into a definite positive!

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  7. Jen Payne says:

    I had about 3 hours under my belt by the time that gorgeous sun made its way into the sky this morning. It was certainly a beauty. But I KNEW there was something different about it – there was one extra person in the audience!

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  8. 2e0mca says:

    I love an early morning walk with the sky just turning from black to blue. Makes for great photo opportunities and the air seems fresher too 🙂

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  9. pauline says:

    I like waking up early, seeing the day begin, watching the light change from pale gray to pure gold. There are times I can sleep in with the best of them but it makes me happy to start a day with a witnessed sunrise. There’s a quality of stillness, of anticipation that permeates the air. Dawn and dusk – my two favorite times of day 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Not surprised! Witness to two thresholds, two becomings —
      And enjoying all the moments in between.
      What’s best is your wonder-filled accounts of these that give so much pleasure to the rest of us.

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  10. Patti Kuche says:

    Well done Judith on getting out so early! I love a decent sunrise, the peace, quiet, stillness and birdsong as much as anyone but it’s always so much better after a good night’s sleep but then, isn’t everything!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      I know what you mean, Patti. BUT —
      For the Hub and me (and a lot of oldies as well), we could respond to the poet’s question: What is so rare as a day in June?
      with a resounding, A good night’s sleep!
      😉

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  11. Stef says:

    Indeed, the sun does rise every morning; and I catch them all. 🙂 I’m a “middle to bed, early to rise” kind of gal; fortunately I only need 6 hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed.

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      So that’s the secret! I’ve wondered how you accomplish so much in the same 24 hours other people have. Pragmatically you get two more hours than the rest of us! And you can keep going like that, wow, I salute you, Stef, with much admiration!

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  12. Your early morning picture is lovely and the snowflakes were falling on your page while I was viewing it. Perfect! I love the early morning stillness, the dark, and the calm. Coffee in hand reading wonderful blogs like yours!

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