The Best Part Of Waking Up

The best part of waking up is not Folger’s in your cup; it’s not being dead. I average about four hours of sleep per night, so I am never fully-rested, fully-cognizant, or fully-functioning. It is one of many thorns in my side. But I keep waking up each morning, before the sun, before the rooster crows, still breathing and being alive.

In the time it’s taken you to read this, about 100 people have died. Yep, approximately 6000 per hour.

So consider yourself lucky! If you’re still here, you’ve still got a mission to accomplish. Maybe it’s tackling that in-box. Maybe it’s chores. Maybe it’s fighting an illness. Maybe it’s a kind word to build someone up today, or just putting one foot in front of the other. But you’re not still sitting here, converting oxygen into carbon dioxide, for nothing. My guess is you’ll make it to the next minute as well. Hey, that’s better than the 200 people who died since you clicked on this post. Cheers to life, buddy! Get another cup of coffee (free trade, fair trade, or whatever) and enjoy the morning.

An Honor Just To Be Nominated

Award posts are time-consuming. You can’t just go through the motions. It takes some thoughtful consideration. You have to make sure you’ve followed the rules, picked the right/appropriate/deserving nominations to pay it forward, and thank your nominator. It’s like winning Miss America while naming a dozen other girls who can twirl baton and are just as worthy of the crown, if not more so.

The last time I did an award post, I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt regarding the blogs I did not include in the list of nominations, so I resolved never again to do one. But I DO have to show my gratitude for two nominations as of late, so I will happily name them. The truth is it is a big deal to feel appreciated and to feel connected to this community.

So–thank you to Michele at for nominating me for the Awesome Blog Content Award. That’s the main goal of all our blogs, right? To be awesome! I learned from her alphabetized list of qualities that she likes beer, wine, and pizza (check, check and check), as well as cats AND dogs (those seem mutually exclusive to me, since one is clearly superior to the other). It’s like saying you’re a Democrat and a Republican. Or maybe it’s just about balance.

I also have to thank Limbi at for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. I am liquid sunshine, sending warming rays out into the universe, as far away as London. Anyway, Limbi is a young man (who probably doesn’t feel young) who is new to WordPress and has somehow already racked up a bunch of awards. 🙂 He addresses issues of faith and God (the deep stuff), which keep my mind engaged and focus my attention away from the seduction of entertainment.

Anyway–I appreciate you both, and congrats to you as well for your nominations. Now I have to go record another duet with Tim McGraw.