Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The alarm goes off. It’s 6 AM in morning when she wakes up, and she looks up at the ceiling. She notices the cracks in the ceiling and thinks that she may have a leak coming through the roof. Sigh. Ugh. Something else to take care of.
As she turns over onto her side, she fixes her pillow. Now that it fits perfectly under her head, she notices that she doesn’t want to get up. NO! the voice in her head says It’s warm underneath the blankets and it’s cold out there! It is cozy in this cocoon she made for herself. She pulls the blankets up closer under her chin. She is tired. It feels so wrong to have to get up. She wonders how long it will take to get the coffee going when she finally makes it out of bed. And she’s not sure if she has enough energy to even try. She wants to stay in there. Forever.
I mean, what is the point, anyway, of getting up? Another morning means another day she has to go to work. And who wants to do that? Life sure didn’t go the way she planned. She is nowhere close to where she wanted to be in life.
As she lays there longer, she thinks about what could motivate her to get up and out of the safe, warm, cozy space. She has to think it through. What is there to get excited about?
Well for a start, there is the fact that she is alive. That she, out of all the people and the opportunities in the world for her to not be alive, she made it! Here she is! She has been able to support herself all these years and is still alive, despite all the odds.
Now she was on to something. She had her health to be grateful for. Thank you for my health, she says to herself.
She also has been able to support herself all these years. Even when she didn’t know where the next paycheck was coming from, she found a way. She worked hard in school and when she graduated, she was able to convince a lot of companies that she was a good enough worker to get hired.
So there’s that. She was financially independent and was good about saving her money. Thank you for my courage to get a job, she says to herself.
She also has a lot of really great, supportive friends. Even though they may not live near her, she knows they are always there for her when she needs them. And she does the same for them. Thank you for being a good friend, she says to herself.
She also was an avid exerciser. No matter what else was going on in her life, she made it a priority to find time to work out. She knew that it relaxed her and kept her calm during the day. So she was proud of herself for sticking with it. She never liked to work out, but always felt good after her. Thank you for making health a priority, she says to herself.
Thank you. What a way to start the day. She transformed her mood and started to see the beauty. She saw the glitter and the gold that she created in her life. No, things were not perfect. No, she didn’t have everything she wanted. But she did all of these great things for herself.
As she thought about it more, she started to feel her confidence increase. She started to feel and see that she was capable of anything. And that felt good. This confidence made her think that she could get out there into the world and create and contribute.
So when she finally decides that it’s time to get up and out of bed, she realizes its okay.
This time when she gets up, as her feet hit the floor she says to herself “thank you.”