Chasing Daylight (on morning routines)

My morning routine is fast becoming the most important element of my creative process.  I get my head in gear, my soul in check, and my body in go. It's a slow process, yes. But it is, by nature, the wandering and pondering part of my day. I spend time writing out those things that won't get out of my head. (I call this "brain drain.") I spend some time in a life-giving book (currently: Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation). I am living the questions by writing them down. I am generating ideas. I am asking myself which projects need attention today, listing my three must-do's.

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Essentially, I am choosing focus and clarity. I am pushing back hurried-living and simplifying my agenda. I am "getting it together," as we say in the South.

Some might see this is as self-indulgent, but I say it is self-management. There's nothing more paralyzing than this mam-artist in hurry-worry mode. I must take care of myself before I take care of someone or something else.

So do you have a morning routine? If so, what works best for you? I'd LOVE to hear.