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Erwinism: Wake Up Inside

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By Erwin D. Maramat

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”

― Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

Anyone who has a phone starts the day fighting with his or her alarm clock and desperately negotiating the matter over a snooze button. Resting in general is crucial for the wellness of our being, but as in anything, too much of something is always bad. It makes one wonder what makes it hard to get up. The prospect of performing the same grueling routine is never appealing to anyone, not that one is lazy, but the semblance to a Ground Hog Day or if you are a millennial, Happy Death Day where people are trap in loop is not something we look forward to reliving every morning.

If only work and school is at par with our sleep schedule eh! That’s not a possible scenario at the moment and furthermore, it is always an uphill battle against phase-delayed body clock which sets our body to wake up late—talk about smart watches!

Serve a purpose and let the purpose serve

“Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Respectively, whether we like it or else, people have incentive in getting up and each day is a present waiting to be opened and what we do with it is the gift we give back to our creator.

We are accustomed to giving and receiving gifts. Imagine if you gave a special someone a lovely gift that he or she has been meaning to purchase and instead of being grateful, that person smirks as brats would and throws your gift aside. How would you feel? If you think that is acceptable then you are a sociopath and you need to have your head examined. How do you think God feels if you do the same with the waking hour generously given to you? Not so many people realize that they are regaled with the beatitude of waking up to a new day and that as you are reading this, someone out there is hanging on to their dear life, while some of us take a wonderful thing for granted until the day the end is in sight.

Our lives are ventures fraught with challenges and we vacillate between soldiering on or throwing in the towel. Be that as it may, life will still go on and instead of waiting for things to get better, why not take it upon ourselves to get better. Instead of praying for the climb to be less steep, why not pray for stronger legs to help us carry our weight? It’s a disconcerting reality when people refuse to walk through a doorway because they don’t have enough clearance when it is obvious that they can go through it just by bending a little. It is human nature to perceive chance as something visible but most of the time we need our minds to see instead of our eyes.

Jack is eighty-one years old and is proud owner of an irrepressible spirit that refuses to age. While younger people than he is languish in nursing homes, we do long drive together for a living. A valuable lesson that I have learned from him—along with his eight decades of experience—is to keep on going. With the most radiant smile beaming out of his face, he keeps on reminding me that he wakes up every day without any idea where he is going, but he is going there anyway. What I see here is that we all fight to stay asleep now when one day we will fight to stay awake and all the incentive we have that permitted us to collect stipend will never be enough to extend our waking hours. How’s that for a reason?

If you are weary of waking up at the wrong side of the bed and finding the grinch in the mirror, then here are some suggestions you can try:

Wake up…

… with a sense of gratitude.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

Start the day by being thankful to our Lord for all that you are and all that you have. Be thankful that you are with people who love you and who would never think twice in putting value in your relationship. It is the gratitude over things no matter how small that brings out the utmost pleasure in life. Gratitude is best seen in the way we live our lives. Take time to breath and relish the moment that you have and make the best of it.

… with a positive mindset.

Optimism is difficult to maintain, but if you could upload the program to your basal ganglia—a part of the brain which accounts for habit formation—it will help you focus on the good side of things where bright ideas are denizens. Not only does it bring out a pleasant disposition in you, it also elucidates the lighter side of life. While it doesn’t always solve problems, it will give you the right attitude to address it.  The good and bad in a given situation are juxtaposed dichotomies that are reconciled by an impartial course of action. Train yourself to perceive things the way they are by withdrawing your emotions that may cloud your judgment in assessing the problem and instead letting logic take over coupled with an upbeat attitude.


“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”

― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Let me begin by stating that waking up early will not make a billionaire. If you are not a big fan of rushing, or if your pressing for time, or you don’t have the time to indulge in the things you love to do, then by all means beat the alarm clock. There are gazillions of errands you can run in the morning such as…making your bed??? The prospect of coming home to an elegantly made bed after a day’s work will bring you a sense comfort knowing there is something that went right today. Shining before the sun must serve a purpose and if the purpose is productivity, then you are about to start a life-changing habit.

… with a drive to get better.

“Success comes to those who have the willpower to win over their snooze buttons.” ― Unknown

Who were you the day before? If you are trying to get ahead, get ahead of the person you were yesterday. Learning new things will help people in their drive to grow up not grow older. Experiencing life with a broader perspective achieved through continuous learning is comparable to watching a movie in ultra high definition in a V.I.P lounge versus a black and white television with bad reception. If you can cook fried eggs in 20 minutes yesterday, why not try whipping yourself up a ham omelet coupled with coffee while listening to your favorite podcast today?

…in high spirits.

Jump out of bed and do it with such vigor! Convince yourself that today will be getting the finest version of you. Every night we convince people presuppose that they will be tired the following morning and that’s the program coded in their mind, and as a result it becomes their reality. Go against the grain and wake up like the morning does. Always serve yourself with fervor as if it were a venti cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso first thing in the morning.

…with a sense of hope.

So, you had a bad day yesterday, eh? While yesterday is an extension of today, your mood isn’t. Wake up with a sense of hope and have faith that things will go your way today, and if doesn’t, well at least you’ve tried and that you’re still there to try again.

December is coming soon and these best gift you can give yourself is having the right attitude to live the life that was also a God’s gift for you.


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