Wednesday night I crawled in bed, reached over and set my alarm clock for 5am.
Say what? Are you crazy Katie? That is really early.
Oh, not quite. You see, that's about the time the sun gets up.
Thursday morning, 5am, my alarm clock beeps and I get out of bed. I grab a sweatshirt, a blanket, my cell phone, and my pepper spray. (A true testimonial to my city girl-ness right there.) I realized the night before that my camera had suddenly gone missing on me. And I couldn't very well go searching around in a house full of sleeping people. Let's just say it was a very frustrating few moments when I fully understood I wouldn't be able to take any pictures. *sigh* So, I grab my lawn chair, creak open the back door, and settle myself on the deck.
I pull out my prayer journal and write...
The sky is a light blue color. Except in the east. It's orange in the east. I can see it peaking through the fence.
The birds are very much awake. I used to think they were a nuisance. I was definitely wrong...
It's really peaceful out here so early...
Thank You for creating beauty...like a sunrise. It really is a pity not more people get up to watch it.
This whole event was inspired by a book I read. "Love, Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli. Anybody ever read it? Well, I think it's a fabulous book. This teenage girl, Stargirl, was different. In a good way, in my opinion. She cherished moments; especially the small ones. Like watching the sun come up.
Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don't rent them out to tomorrow. Do you know what you're doing when you spend a moment wondering about how things are going to turn out...?
You're cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you're stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It's now yesterday. Some of those moments may have been wonderful things in store for you, but now you'll never know.
--Jerry Spinelli, "Love, Stargirl"