You can’t always tell how a day is going to go by the way it started. As humans, we’re always seeking subjective validation of our experience and thinking of it as objective. For example, today I woke up with a Black Widow Spider next to my face. Big abdomen, red hour glass, black widow. As I moved, I noticed its web connected my wall, the mattress and the pillow I was using, so every movement was sending vibrations through the web. This was a fast spider. It seemed unhappy with its real estate acquisition choices and frankly, I didn’t blame it. Much as the first settlers to find out about the San Andreas fault line must have been less than thrilled.
So, I sat up and when the time was right, I crushed the spider beneath the largest wad of toilet paper I could muster. Ichor on my hands and a venomous arachnid 4 inches from my face. Not an ideal start to my day.
As the day has progressed, I’ve—
• received a referral for someone who wanted to get solar panels installed on their roof
• discovered a lovely german shandy at Imbibe while I met with someone who will become a real estate advisor for me.
• found some lovely wood from a tree from last weekend’s tropical storm.
Had I allowed my disgust at the start of the morning color my mood, I may not have presented in such a way as to get the referral, or the agreement to help from the investor, or noticed the wood. Not to mention if I’d woken up later, I could have gotten my face bitten by a black widow.
So, here’s my little reminder to myself that a mental reset can not only improve your day, but leave you exultant.
PS. Oh, and waking up early can have direct health benefits 😉