It's 6 am, and I got up before 5:30. I didn't really want to today, but I needed to because I knew my 8-year-old neighbor Kyle would be coming over at 5:30. I watch him 3 days a week before school. Part of me needs to go back to sleep and wanted to as soon as Kyle laid down on the couch. But another part of me loves being the only one awake right now. I believe it's not just that, but also the time of day, that makes it peaceful for me. In the morning my brain feels better and fresher than it does at the end of the day. You know what I mean? Before "Shboogoo" is awake I usually think of my highest priorities and have a desire to read the Ensign magazine or visit familysearchindexing.org, lds.org, or mormon.org. I have come to value the principle of "early to bed, early to rise" rather than staying up and sleeping in. I don't feel as good when I stay up late, even if the things I'm staying up to do are productive. A regular sleep pattern is important (well, once the baby is sleeping through the night).
So how do you feel about being up early? Are you "a morning person"? Has this changed throughout your life? I would love some comments!