07:15. When I come down the stairs, our tomcat Binkie is waiting for a scratch behind his ears. Then he signals that he wants to go out into the bright spring morning. Barely 2 minutes later he reappears with an energetic trod from behind the beech, with a fat and fresh – still living – mouse in his jaws. Because I close the kitchen door abruptly, he decides to drop his prey within the boxwood fence in our kitchen garden. Of course he does not drop the mouse to let it go, but rather to catch it again. He seems to find infinite pleasure in chasing the critter time and time again. Until he has had enough, bites its neck and signals to come back in. There, that felt great, his expression seems to say.
I observe the scene in wonderment and with some admiration. Binkie has just started his day with something he excels at and in which he appears to find a lot of joy. I decide to take his example and start my day with something I like and which gives me energy, something that has been on my to do list for quite some time. So now I’m here, writing these words. I have not checked my mails yet, whereas this is usually the first thing I do. It takes some willpower not to open Outlook, get carried away in the daily “rat race” (pardon the pun) and postpone writing again.
I have to admit that writing also gives me energy and works wonders for my mood. Lately I have been dreading the start of the day – especially Monday mornings – but now I feel charged and ready to go. I promise myself to make a new habit of this (habits, another topic I want to write about). I challenge you to do the same in the coming days and do something important for yourself, your health, your career, your family, etc… in the first moments of your day, at home or at work. Share your experiences with me and the other readers by posting your comments below (click on the title of the article to activate the comment field).