Each morning, I (Andrea) spend some time mentally building my day. Where I have to be. What I have to accomplish. What work needs to be done and in what order. What I’ll make for dinner. As soon as my alarm rings, my brain is on and I start creating my list of daily tasks.
Several days ago I was completely entrenched in my list as I was getting ready. My brain was going a hundred miles a minute, I was making breakfast for my son, packing his lunch, feeding the cat and somewhere in the midst of it all getting myself dressed and started for the day. There is a lot going on all at once, constantly.
As I’m rushing through to dress myself in order to get out the door, get son to school and get me to physical therapy, I grab a pair of pants to put on and notice something. I have put my underwear on inside-out.
Now generally, this is not a big deal. For most people, they wouldn’t give it a second thought. For me, it was a sign. A symbol of everything that was about to get messed up that day. And the rest of the day, indeed, was messed up. Things spilled, things lost. Getting behind, getting flustered. It was an inside-out underwear day.
Do I think inside-out underwear carries some mystical presence with it, that can skew everything you try to do? No. But it was a definite sign that I wasn’t taking even a few minutes of time to properly start my day. Within 30 minutes of waking up, I had so much going on mentally in my head that I couldn’t care enough for myself to dress properly. That’s a problem.
You can’t start your day in chaos. It doesn’t matter how much work you have to do at home, or at an outside job. It doesn’t matter how many errands you have to run, or how many clients you have to talk to, or how many bills you have to pay. You can’t start your day in chaos. A morning of chaos brings an afternoon of chaos. An afternoon of chaos brings an evening of chaos. And an evening of chaos brings stress and sleepless nights.
Take time to prepare for your day, especially when it comes to your personal self. Rise slowly in the morning, like the sun - and remember to put your underwear on properly.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.