The Portland Trailblazers playoff game against the Houston Rockets
went into overtime, pushing our “required” viewing of
The Good Wife until past bedtime.
I know, deeply difficult problems.
Monday morning would arrive sooner than we would desire
but despite this inevitability Carl and I began our routine.
I have discovered any morning but especially Monday morning
is made more manageable with a non-negotiable in place.
We always tidy our living room and if need be, our kitchen before lights out.
Most nights, I estimate the whole process takes less
than 5 minutes.
But those 300 seconds are key when faced with heavy-lidded eyes and bed
hair the next morning.
There are any number of routine things we do each day…
shower, brush our teeth, make our beds, or kiss our loved ones
goodbye as we part company.
It’s quite simple.
We put away what doesn’t belong in the space and straighten up
what should inhabit the surroundings.
(Oh the spiritual connotations in the above sentence,
but I will refrain to keep this post within 500 words. Sigh.)
A toss of the pillow here and a newspaper filed away there.
An empty mug is sent off to the dishwasher and ottomans
which earlier propped tired legs are stowed away.
Half read books may be closed or taken by the hand
to be consumed under covers.
We didn’t always have this routine in place.
We had years of babies and unbending schedules which
meant we didn’t waste a moment picking up the aftermath
of the day before limping towards our mattress.
Life remains busy but I never regret those few minutes
at night ushering me into the freshness of a new day.
I don’t have to clear a space to sit on a couch or chair
I’m not kicking plates full of the crumbs from the snacks
of a day ago.
In many ways it helps put yesterday in the past and
embrace the day presented before me.
We have never discussed this “ritual” but as Carl and I have
practiced it nightly, we have observed our kids observing
the same routine.
Well, most of the time, with the exception of discarded shoes!
All I know is it has become a non-negotiable part of our nighttime habits,
not in the way of a mandate but a pursuit aimed towards
drawing tranquility into a day not yet born.
Our desire for our home is to be a sanctuary of rest,
a haven of peace.
When pillows are fluffed and furniture is set right,
we walk into order and not chaos.
Let chaos ensue when we cross the threshold to
the world or get behind the wheel 😉
What non-negotiable actions do you practice which
deposits peace into your life?
Or is it time to add one into your days or nights?
This week, I am going to share a couple of my
non-negotiable habits that help me exhale deeper.
Happy last day of April and if you live in Portland,
you might think it is the last day of August,
there’s a mini heat wave brewing here!
What can you do in 5 minutes or less to
enhance the day to come?