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get up early.

23 Jun

Wasn’t summer the best when you were a kid?  You’d go to sleepovers at your buddies house and play Tecmo Bowl until the wee hours of the morning. Then, you’d sleep late enough that your friends mom would peak her head in around 11:30 and ask the inevitable question, “Are you boys planning on getting up soon?”  No, of course you weren’t, there’s no plan for getting up, you’re 12 and you’re keepin’ it real!  Lazy summers are part of your childhood and one of the great luxuries of having nothing to do.

However, and I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, you’ve got stuff to do now and it’s time to wake up. It’s no longer cool to be sleeping until 9:15 and looking disheveled as you hide behind a 64 oz. Starbucks cup until 2pm.  For real, “Are you boys planning on getting up soon?”

Grown Man, first of all, I hate your blog.  Second of all, why would I get up earlier than I have to?  What’s wrong with my system of subtracting 27 minutes off the start of my first appointment and setting my alarm for that time?

First of all, I don’t care, you’re only reading Grown Man because you know your girlfriend will quiz you on it – and that’s fine with me.  Second of all, getting up early is part of what makes great men wise, refined, and disciplined.  Your method of dragging your butt into the day and riding the wave of espresso until you catch your first wind at 3:30 doesn’t allow room for things like study, reflection, and – wait for it – silence.

Um, Oprah called, she wants her blog back.

Nice early 90’s joke.  Gentlemen, the day comes at you like a lion.  Getting up early allows you to tame it and create in yourself disciplines like patience, temperance, and self-control.  Think about the difference it would make in your life if you took some extra time in the morning to orient yourself and prepare for the coming storm.  Okay, enough touchy-feely talk, let’s get practical:

1- Tomorrow morning, no matter how early you already have to get up, set your alarm for an hour earlier.
2- Take that hour to read, think, drink a good cup of coffee (preferably French Press) and NOT work on your iBerry.
3- Do that every day.

Grown Men, have you ever wondered why your dad or grandpa was ALWAYS awake before you?  Yes, it’s partly due to an enlarged prostate that makes him pee every time the wind blows.  But also, it’s due to the fact that he’s not a child anymore and he knows the value of greeting the day on his terms, with his agenda, and with the learned discipline to sharpen and quiet his mind.

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