A Meditation on the Early Morning

Oct 11, 2017

Sunrise in Antibes

Tick, tock…

I’ve always had a fascination with the passage of time. Part of it’s the way things change–we get older, our lives evolve. But what I’ve always found most compelling was time’s cycles. The way seasons come and go, only to return again, or the sun passes through the sky consistently, reliably. There’s something oddly comforting in the fact that, yes, this place may look completely different in three months, but then it will look the exact same in another nine.

Good Morning

I feel this most compellingly early in the morning. Call it a contemplative personality, but it’s always been my tendency to enjoy the moments that are away from everyone else. You know, those that give a meta-view on life–slowing down at a time when everyone else is occupied and you can just observe and be. At 5am, everyone is sleeping. The early sunlight lends a unique beauty to the landscape. Few get to witness it, and you truly get a sense of the cycle of time, its inevitability even as it permeates every aspect of our lives. And yet, here you are…a moment when the game of life is paused. There is nothing to do, the competition is on hiatus. Just free to think.

The Daily Grind

Many people find they are at their most productive in the morning. Getting a jump start on the day feels good. There’s a special tranquility to getting work done as the sun is coming up. No deadlines. Nothing to worry about. Just the zen of getting work done, free of distractions. This, my friends, is flow. Optimal human experience. The morning is best for this. Get deeply involved in your task, your daily grind, without interruption, and at the hour of maximum cognitive potential. This, to me, is the meaning of life. Enjoy.