Recently, Kathy and I were sitting on our back patio (lanai is the fancy realtor description) in the cool of the morning enjoying a hot cup of coffee and the fluorescent beauty of the morning. The birds were wide awake. We have a bird feeder and we keep it well stocked with a high quality seed mix that keeps them coming back. We have generations of cardinals that are now permanent North Florida residents as well as a group of morning doves, mockingbirds, and a host of other songbirds that are regulars each morning.
As I sat and watched the show, I began to consider the way the birds really love the morning. I can remember times camping when the birds would start singing at 4 am. My response- gosh guys go back to bed! It’s way too early! Yet the morning is a truly special time for the birds. They wake and they sing for the morning. It’s like they are screaming, ”You need to get up and see this amazingly beautiful day!” They are the epitome of the morning person!
The morning is their choice. They could easily pick the afternoon or the evening. Unlike our comfortable living, the birds live in close contact with the natural. They experience the earth like no other creature, living outside and largely unprotected. They are the experts. And they choose the morning.
So what is so special about the morning? Here are a few reasons I think that the birds choose the morning and why you should too!
The stillness and quiet of the morning. The birds know that their song will really carry in the morning. They know they really own the morning. For us, the morning gives us stillness that allows us to rest, think and let our mind wander. The stillness provides insulation from the distractions and noise of the day. We can let our minds sing- released from the bonds of obligations and schedules. Are you singing in the morning?
The coolness of the morning is a great time to get your work done before the heat of the day. The birds know that they can get their business done and wait out the heat in the shade of the trees. The morning is a perfect time to plow through your work so you can shift into a lower gear as the day heats up. If you get the heavy lifting done in the cool of the day, you will extend your energy and be more productive. Do you run at hyper speed in the heat of the day?
The morning is a safe place. The predators are still sleeping and the birds group together for protection. The birds know these facts. The morning is theirs. The can relax a bit more than normal. They have the numbers and they watch out for each other. You can also own the morning. Seems like only good things happen early in the morning. Evil is asleep. Do you get up early and enjoy the protection of the morning?
The morning is a time where we are refreshed and recharged. The batteries are on full again! The birds are darting around with extra vigor. If danger is present, they are able to make a quick get away with strength stored from the night of rest. This rest is also powerful for us too. The morning is the best time to exercise and do physical activity. Your body is designed for this. Are you taking advantage of this stored energy?
The morning screams of His perfect design. The beauty of creation. Diversity. A new day and cleansing of the old. You can see the vigor and playfulness in the birds in the morning. They are out enjoying life and exploring the abundance of this earth. The morning is a great time to reflect and begin anew. Put yesterday behind and embark on a new day with discovery and adventure. Are you taking advantage of the extravagant beauty and gift of the new day?
I love the mornings. I always have. My mom never worried about waking me up, I was always the first up and out the door. I remember being mesmerized as a kid by the beauty of the morning. I still love everything about it. How about you? Can you break the love affair with your pillow? The experts know the secret. Give it a try- you’ll see!