Set the Day in Your Mind

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 4 comments

Set the Day in Your Mind

It’s been one week since Sarah Beth Jones said “I think writing a daily blog post might be easier because it becomes a habit.” I got up the next day and decided to give daily posting a shot. She was right. A daily post forms a habit, a practice, a ritual. I’m loving this morning habit. I did miss yesterday, but that’s okay.


A dear reader and correspondent, Virginia, (high school teacher for 40 years) wrote to me a few days ago in response to Idea Flow:


Your blogs will be just fine. Just write what you see, what you feel, what you are thinking about.  For example, if I were blogging this morning, I would say that I lay in bed for little while watching the light of daybreak. I told a friend that it was most definitely a summer daybreak, and then I came down and went off the deck and the back porch and smelled the air and looked around and one could tell it was going to be a great morning –maybe a storm in the afternoon. There are millions of people who never pay attention to something like that and the really sad part: these same people are not teaching their children to pay attention to something like that. My mother taught me that ritual as a way to set the day in your mind. Get your flow and you will be just fine.


It’s rewarding to share my ideas with the world from the comfort of my own morning ritual and to hear back from another human, one who so clearly explains the passing of traditions and rituals. I’m happy to return to the knowledge of my ancestors. I hope I am doing for my kids what Virginia’s mother did for her.


We can all revere the simple moments of our lives. No matter where you live, what your work is, or who you are, you can take some time in the morning to “set the day in your mind.”


Here’s how I set today in my mind:


The rooster crows as I move seedlings out of the shed. I write in my head as I walk the path to let the chickens and ducks out for the day. The words flow out of my hose as I water the garden and the sun dances through the new green leaves. The wind wakes the forest. I want to slow the morning down to a slow nothing and walk quietly into my day. I hear bird songs that I can’t name…yet. Back in my office, chickadee wings flutter off from the window feeder. The tasks of the day arrive and I try to ease into the work, to hold onto this rustling wind of daybreak.


Cheers to Virginia for setting the day in her mind and to Virginia’s mother for teaching her to teach hers.


Happy day to you!
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  1. Love your description of your early morning. And I love your blog, too. I’m happy you’re now posting more frequently! 🙂

  2. I too love your blog. I think it’s a great idea to write every day. Just as I think it’s a great idea to pray every day. I believe in both, and am so encouraged to try to be more faithful myself when I see someone else trying. Thanks for the good example!!

  3. I am struggling to write a post a day. Sometimes it’s just hard for me on some days to imagine that the reader will care about what I write, especially if I personally think the experience I am writing about is more or less mundane. But what might seem mundane to me may be life-changing for another person.

    I love your blog, and I put a shoutout to your incredible family here on my site:

    Keep up the good work!

    • I know what you mean. I’ve been feeling like that too. Add to that a full spring schedule and posting daily is out for now. I’ll have to be content with sharing on FB and posting as I’m able.

      Thanks for the shout-out! We appreciate it.


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