Each morning, I begin my morning ritual of waking before dawn and watching the sunrise. It is the best part of my day, waiting for the fresh, new morning and watching for the brilliant rays of light rising in the east.
One of the philosophers I read often, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, reminds me of the beauty of the earth. His words can be found in a collection of personal writings known as the Meditations.
When I am feeling despondent or discouraged, the writings of Marcus Aurelius often lift me up to a better place emotionally. Not that any one person has all the answers to life’s questions, but his writing takes me to a place of introspection. And that is a healing place for me to be.
Lately, I have had concerns about my upcoming evaluation for a kidney transplant. I wonder where that might take me and how I will feel. I wonder about experiencing debilitating physical weakness again. In reality, I am worrying about something that is far into the future and might never happen.
A better way to live is found in the admonitions of Marcus Aurelius:
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love . . . Dwell on the beauty of life.
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
I don’t know about you, but I plan to do some life-giving things in the next few weeks: 1. Arise every morning thinking of what a privilege it is to be alive. 2. Think, enjoy and love as hard as I can. 3. Dwell on the beauty of life.
I think it’s a good plan for me. If you are feeling discouraged, meet God in the morning and watch for the sunrise. I’ll be doing the same.
Who made the great lights— His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.
Psalm 136:7-8; 2 Samuel 23:4