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What is the first thing you tell yourself when you wake up to give yourself energy or courage?

Many people use various quotes and axioms for to inspire and motivate them for a new day. eg. steve jobs said. "I ask myself what would I do if today was my last day?"

What do you tell or ask yourself?

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    Nov 7 2011: Recently I took it upon me to take care of my bedridden 90 year-old mother. She was in the hospital for a month and when it was time for her to return home I was confronted with the fact that her own husband didn’t want her back in the house (although he spent most of her money over the years) and her beloved son (terribly spoiled by her and financially capable of taking care of her) also turned his back on her. So much for family!
    Although my house isn’t equipped for this and I am in between jobs at the moment I said, without thinking, that she could stay with me. I just knew it was the right thing to do. I am a very fortunate person to have some great friends who immediately supported with some of the materials needed. It remains a challenge to provide the daily care and I’m not sure how long I will be able to do that but I take it day by day and find strength in tender moments like when she asks me to put my head on her chest when she wants to sleep.
    Since then, when I wake up in the morning I just say: ‘I can do this!’
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      Nov 7 2011: Dear Astra,
      Your mother is very lucky to have you, and you are doing a beautiful thing for and with her. Day by day is the only way to go. My brother, who is challenged with cancer, is living with me as of a couple weeks ago when he was released from the hospital. He will have surgery next week, and come back to my home...hopefully to heal. My house wasn't equipped for this challenge either, but we step up to the plate when necessary huh? I also find strength in very tender moments each and every day my brother is alive. I also wake up in the morning and say "I CAN do this". Best to you my friend with your mission...as I continue with my mission.
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        Nov 8 2011: Dear Colleen,
        Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement.
        Taking care of ill and elderly people is not something we usually think of when we are young, right? As a matter of fact we aren’t interested and have no clue what it entails exactly. (Perhaps Paul Zak’s oxytocin spray could help out here :) This is, possibly, the reason why so many people usually avoid the responsibility and resulting in many lonely, depressed, neglected people in this world.
        Your brother is blessed to have you in his life. He will certainly experience that healing does not only come through the doctor’s hands but also through the loving care you surround him with. Things have a way of working out. I believe that.
        Much strength with your mission, dear friend.
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          Nov 9 2011: I agree Astra...
          Unfortunately, many people are lonely, depressed and neglected because we sometimes are afraid of illness and death. and we don't know what to do about it...how to "fix" it. I have learned much about myself and others, while taking care of sick and/or dying people. It is an opportunity that many people give up because of fear. One important thing is simply to "be there".

          My brothers, sisters and I are blessed to have each other. There have been many times in my life that they have physically, emotionally taken care of me, while encouraging and supporting me in the life journey. "He's not heavy...he's my brother":>)

          I agree...healing does not only come through the doctor's hands, but also through loving care that we can surround each other with. Thank you for your love and caring Astra:>)
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        Nov 8 2011: Thanks Don. I am very confident that things will work out. They always do, don’t they :) Some friends have already been so supportive and I must say that I also find strength though this TED forum (when I can slip away to my computer for a moment of serenity during the hectic day). Whether it is through enjoying the new stimulating TED talks, or reading the interesting opinions of others, or receiving heartwarming messages like these from fellow Tedsters.
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      Nov 8 2011: Astra, Yes, YOU CAN. In the future it will be something you will use to be certain that you can do anything. Hang in! This is a noble thing you are doing.
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        Nov 8 2011: Thanks Debra. As a matter of fact...I have already experienced quite a few trials that have probably prepped me for this occasion :) Whatever I have determined to do, I do so with dedication, meanwhile keeping some flexibility for the reality that life presents. This doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t get discouraged sometimes. Here is where wonderful encouraging comments like yours and other Tedsters do wonders :)
        And, as you mentioned, it will certainly add to my memory vault of things to draw strength from, should I have moments of self-doubt.
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      Nov 8 2011: Astra, some day you will need a nice break and thus I am sending you an open invitation to enjoy a stay at my home town as my guest for one week when that time comes.
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        Nov 8 2011: Juliette, I tried to email you through TED to tell you just how wonderful I think your response here is but your profile is protected. Thus, I am telling you here that I admire your open kind heart more than words can express. Its nice to know that there are people like you on this planet!
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        Nov 8 2011: Dear Juliette,
        That is such an awesome gesture. And you know what....You must have read my mind!!! Before my Mom’s predicament I had been contemplating travelling to the USA again for some time. But I must admit that the idea of the passing-through-the-immigration part was not a pleasant prospect. In the past I have visited quite a few wonderful places in the USA. It was back when it was normal to obtain a 10-year or permanent visitor’s visa. Over the years I have assembled a few personal immigration horror stories...although funny in hindsight :) I will tell you about them when I see you (after I have conquered my reservation about the immigration and customs :).
        There are many places in the USA that I would still like to visit and re-visit, like the Boston Botanical Garden (which I visited with my Mom). What better way to do that than with a kindred spirit?
        I am touched beyond words by your invitation. Trying to describe what I felt, when reading those words, would still not do justice to you. I just know I instantly felt understood.
        Thank you dear blessed friend.
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      Nov 8 2011: A considerate individual will protect his own health in order to traverse this life under his own steam and avoid burdening an offspring or relative. It can be done with a self reliant attitude, knowledge of proper nutrition and practice of healthy natural lifestyle elements. Disease does not just happen!
      Don't mean to sound cold, that is the reality of the situation. Having to care for someone that was either misinformed, medically mistreated or didn't care for them-self is maddening since compassion is such a strong moral imperative.
      The problem is that we live in a knowledge vacuum where widespread availability of true information on foods, toxins and natural prevention/healing methods is suppressed. Industrial foods create disease and pharma-care is not only illogical and statistically ineffective but has falsely discredited all other alternative healing methods.
      There are many resources to access scientifically objective health information, like the Weston Price Foundation and Mercola.com, that is not commonly available via commercial media.
      Every victim of unnecessary chronic disease and dementia claims another, the caregiver. Care-giving for extended periods of time is very stressful. FYI, that stress requires copious amounts of antioxidant/alkalizing nutrients to prevent oxidative cell and DNA damage,...and any emotional support possible.
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        Nov 8 2011: Dear T.C.,
        These are interesting comments (and much food for thought) to which I will certainly reply as soon as possible.
        Thank you.
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        Nov 10 2011: Dear T.C.
        My belated reply (part 1/3):
        Quote ‘A considerate individual will protect his own health in order to traverse this life under his own steam and avoid burdening an offspring or relative. It can be done with a self reliant attitude, knowledge of proper nutrition and practice of healthy natural lifestyle elements. Disease does not just happen!’

        You know, I have intrinsically (without consciously knowing why) always believed and lived this. I am always curious to know why people get ill because taking just myself as an example wasn’t enough for me to draw conclusions from. I have always been in excellent health and the rare bouts of flu or cold that I have had were all due to a combination of stressful times and not taking good enough care of myself. However, I haven’t made a study of it and I can only guess how others choose to arrange their lives and the health consequences thereof.
        With regard to the ‘avoid burdening an offspring or relative’ there is a twofold feelings I have. On the one hand I wouldn’t want to be a burden to anyone… ever, but again, I am not sure how much of that is all within our control. Can we control that life doesn’t offer us a bad curveball that lands us exactly in that spot of being dependent on the goodwill of others?
        On the other hand I believe that we are always dependent, in some form, upon each other. And we are what and who we are because of our experiences with people and circumstances and the way we choose to deal with them.

        Quote ‘Don't mean to sound cold’
        I don’t feel any coldness from you :) On the contrary, I feel the warmth of the effort to share your stimulating thoughts.
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        Nov 10 2011: (part 2/3)
        Quote ‘Having to care for someone that was either misinformed, medically mistreated or didn't care for them-self is maddening since compassion is such a strong moral imperative’.
        It is, isn’t it? Or it could be, but it doesn’t have to be. I believe that we step into this life with the wish to experience or explore certain ‘feelings’ (this word is limited in what I wish to convey but will have to do). That goes for myself, which I deal with as informed as possible, as well as for others, which I respect enough to not impose my believes on (I may give advice, and will offer help and assist when wanted).
        So, taking care of my mom is an experience mainly between her and me (the why of it is a Chapter on its own :) and of course there is a spin-off in experiences, for example, between her and her husband, her son; between me and my friends here and even between me and other TEDsters like you. There are lessons abound to be learned.
        Also….developments on all levels are speeding up and changing all the time. I sometimes feel bombarded with information on ‘new’ developments and that confuses me at times. Then there is research saying coffee is good for you, and then it isn’t…no wait it is, no wait it isn’t. The same goes for a long list of things. So imagine the confusion for someone 90 years old. Back in 1921 (not much information overload so) you just ate what you got. And still we live in ‘a knowledge vacuum’ with regard to proper nutrition and the acceptance of alternative healing methods. (In Suriname, however, the use and acceptance of alternative healing methods is very high. The use of proper nutrition…ehm, not so much :)On top of that, considering the wide variety in circumstances of people in this world, there will always be people who are differently informed about what you or I think a healthy lifestyle is, and with limitations of being able to do something about it.
        So…there will always be people in need of receiving and/or showing compassion.
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        Nov 10 2011: (part 3/3)
        Quote ‘Every victim of unnecessary chronic disease and dementia claims another, the caregiver. Care-giving for extended periods of time is very stressful. FYI, that stress requires copious amounts of antioxidant/alkalizing nutrients to prevent oxidative cell and DNA damage,...and any emotional support possible.’
        (Sigh ) I know. One of my friends here also volunteered the ‘cheerful’ news of a caregiver who was so absorbed in care-giving that she died before the patient did. Of course I’m not looking forward to THAT :). The thing is, I don’t believe in coincidences. It so happens that my circumstances allow for me, at this point in time, to be able to give care to my mother. So I do that, wholeheartedly. And I learn from it. It doesn’t mean that I’m always ‘on top of things’ or always have a sunny outlook (although I mostly do :). It is in those instances that I do appreciate ‘any emotional support possible’. I just know I learn from it, as I have with all experiences in my life. It is an adventure that I feel blessed about in advance to have experienced.

        I hope the above makes some sense to you. I would appreciate your advice on foods with the nutrients you mentioned.
        Thanks again for your comment it has given me the opportunity to put some of my thoughts to paper.
        Regards,
        Astra
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    Oct 29 2011: I just wrote a whole intention to say every morning and evening as I begin to meditate.
    "I am in this place and time in world history to contribute to the positive, compassionate, sustainable evolution of our planet.
    I intend to spread optimism, creative thinking, love and generosity to all I come in contact with.
    I intend to continue to grow in consciousness, to be aware throughout my day, and to seek out my oneness with the creative force of the universe and my connection with all beings, all life."

    Kinda personal, but why not share?
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      Oct 31 2011: Beautiful, very beautiful, Roshana...........I shall model something myself on that order.
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        Oct 31 2011: Nice!
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          Nov 1 2011: Roshana,
          You say your intention is "kinda personal", and although it is personal, it is also global, is it not? You speak about world history, evolution of our planet, seek out oneness with the creative force of the universe and connection with all beings...all life:>)
          I LOVE it:>) Thanks for being here on this earth school:>)
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      Oct 31 2011: Thanks for the beautiful share!
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    Oct 26 2011: "If I dress up real fast and skip breakfast, I can sleep another half hour".
    • Oct 27 2011: with this saying man i have to tell u that choose the correct profile picture!
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    Nov 7 2011: Astra, the Roman Empire was founded by the power of will. The Romans had a motto: RECISA NEC RECEDIT...

    means that they were allways going forward and never back.

    And your name ASTRA ....reminds me other motto from the Romans: AD ASTRA PER ASPERA

    means: to the stars by the hard way.
    • Nov 8 2011: Hi Jaime, correct me if I am wrong. Did the Roman empire go tits up? (with respect!) :)
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      Nov 8 2011: Thank you for the empowerment, dear Jaime. It certainly works for me: ‘Going forward’. However, I also check in the rearview mirror every now and then to make sure I’m not caught off-guard by dangerously speeding projectiles :)
      And regarding de ‘Ad Astra’ motto. I hope that I’m not that hard to reach :)
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    Nov 4 2011: Hello World. I am still here! What have you got for me today?
    • Nov 5 2011: Hi Debra! What are ya doing tomorrow!! :)
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        Nov 8 2011: Hey Tishe! Perhaps I'll meet someone wonderful like you!
        • Nov 8 2011: Hi Debra! That is a very nice compliment. (hate to break it to ya) I ain't wonderful. I am amazed, dazed and confused. ( and I love it! ) It is almost, like being a computer dummy 101. (which I am) With respect to ya! :)
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        Nov 8 2011: Tishe, beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say. IN addition to that I say that you might not see your own beauty and wonder! Respect to you too.
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    Oct 27 2011: 86,400. That is approximately the number of heart beats my heart beats per day. How will I use those heart beats? When today is done, I will have 86,400 fewer to use till I die.
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    Nov 1 2011: I smile a little smile, and normally think, "Ah, a new day. What will today bring?" Then I stretch. :)

    Thanks for the question. I love thinking about something so simple and often unnoticed.
    • Nov 1 2011: I very much agree Linda. I used to wake up with a negative attitude towards each day, and it never brought anything good. After I onced forced myself to smile in the morning when I woke up, I realized how much brighter my day was and how much more open I was to everything.
      It became a daily routine for me and I really love to start my days like that! :)
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    Oct 31 2011: Hi Anwar,
    I can't remember when and how this came about...but here's what happens every morning.
    It's 6 am and it's still dark outside when my alarm clock goes off. I'm awake and as I sit on my bed, feet touching the soft carpet, I stretch myself out with a yawn and without thinking comes out: 'Hello World, thank you for this beeeeeauuutiful day. I'm open to your abundance.'
    I may have to brush up on real affirmations :) but, hey, I'm starting my day happy.
    Regards,
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    Oct 31 2011: Be strong enough so nothing can disturb your peace and operate in empathy and respect.
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      Nov 5 2011: I like this thought of yours! Even more so, because I can relate to it due to circumstances in my life..
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    Oct 31 2011: I don't tell myself anything. I feel happy.

    Then, when she wakes up, I tell my wife she is the most beautiful girl in the world and that I love her like anything (Wo ai ni, hen duo!)

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    EDIT: Based on what another poster said, it reminded me I do not use an alarm clock. I never have. I just wake up when I need to (even if it's 3:00 a.m. to catch a plane.)
  • Oct 30 2011: Many self-help training and books teach us to live every day as it is our last day, live the life to the fullest and achieve the very best for us. This bit makes me to think that we are being programmed to think about only ourselves and accomplish what we possibly can. It doesn’t really matter what we say to ourselves to start the day, but what we really want to do during the day, that counts. Starting a day by thinking that it is the luckiest day to be alive and be thankful for it makes me to want to do something (I mean to do it unconditionally) that can be useful for other human being, for our society and humanity (not mentioning the universe). After all you will understand that this approach will help you to improve not only their lives but yours as well. I think to start a day with a smile on your face is more important than 1000 words. “How can I make other person be happy?” that’s what I say to myself. And when they are happy being around me then I am happy to have the power to make them happy. After all, isn’t the happiness that we all pursue? People of great faith, I am not the person to tell you what to do and how to do, but if you really want to have a kinder world, then help others to meet their needs and we all will have the days of our dreams everyday on earth. Thanks for reading :-)
    • Nov 1 2011: Hi Mr. Edwin,
      Are you selling a book? :)
      • Nov 1 2011: Hi Tishe Hires

        No, I am not selling any book, but if you mean whether I write a book or not, the answer is: Yes, I do.
        • Nov 2 2011: i think your book is related to the title. can you tell us the title
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      Nov 1 2011: Hi Edwin,
      I don't believe we can actually "make" anyone happy. We certainly can contribute to the happiness of others, and whether or not one is happy, I believe is a choice s/he makes for him/her self. If our goal is to function in a way that we think may "make" others happy, is it really unconditional in our own heart and mind?
      • Nov 1 2011: Hi Colleen, Thanks for you note. I agree you said that and the only thing I would add is that people are happy when they meet their needs, you do think that too, don't you? When a parent helps her/his child to meet his/her needs, doesn’t that make the child be happy? I do believe that parents are happy seeing their child’s being happy. Is a mother's function conditional? And we are all parents and children, so we can make each other happy in a way we can, can’t we? Sometimes even your presence can make others happy, isn't it unconditional in your heart and mind? you do nothing but just being there with them. you give them what they need without asking anything in return. Thanks
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          Nov 2 2011: Hi Edwin,
          Yes...I agree..people are happy when their needs are met, when a parent helps her/his child to meet needs, seeing their children happy. Yes...it is unconditional when we ask nothing in return. Is it still "unconditional" when you believe you "have the power to make them happy", as you say?

          Edwin, I'm curious as to why you have two TED accounts?
      • Nov 2 2011: Hi Colleen.
        Let me answer to your last question first. Why do I have two TED accounts? I think when I opened the first one, I thought I did something wrong and I didn’t have time to follow all the way through as I am not good in computing science. And I haven’t finished with filling in the account I use now. I would be glad if someone could help me to know how to delete one.

        Your second question was about whether I help people unconditionally as I say and believe in.
        To me the word “help” means giving-a-hand-to-another-person-who-needs-it (this isn’t from any English dictionary). To my understanding people ask for help when they need a help and not when they want. And here it comes, the helping-others-to-meet-their-needs. Even if it is just a simple smile, a nice word, a piece of advice, a meal or even a place to overnight, I giving without asking.
        I might sound a bit strange in this era, but all this comes from my background.

        What did Jesus Christ, Buddha, Lao Tze, Henry D Thoreau, Ralth W Emerson, M Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. N. Mandela teach us? HUMANITY! HOSPITALITY! LOVE! PEACE! I believe. How many of us live the way of life they showed us?

        I think we went far from asked question. :-)
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          Nov 2 2011: Edwin,
          Yes, help means giving, understanding, meeting others needs, a nice smile, nice words, piece of advice, a meal, place to stay overnight and giving without asking. All of that does not sound strange at all. It is a wonderful thing to remind ourselves to do when we wake up in the morning. I try to live the life you talk about, and I do not believe I have the "power to make them happy". We can certainly contribute to the happiness of others, but we cannot "make" anyone happy. I am not questioning the actions in any way. I don't believe that a feeling of "power" to "make" others happy is unconditional.
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    Nov 11 2011: A quote: "Sufficient unto each day are the problems thereof..." Then the realization that doing one thing well, and then another thing well, and so on is all any human can do. So I pick the thing I'll start the day with and just do it....
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    Nov 10 2011: I want to turn around a little the question. You need to go to bed in peace with yourself and with the people you shared your day. you need to have a peaceful serene and fulfilled environment to be able to have energy when you wake up in the morning. you need to have done things the day before. you need to have love and to have been loved. the morning and day energy can't be without the acts and thoughts of the day and the evening before. :)
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      Nov 10 2011: That is indeed lovely. But what if if did not go as expected?what if your day ended badly. What do you say to yourself in the morning?
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        Nov 10 2011: Eli, you say the same thing Abraham Lincoln said about the future. " The best thing about the future is, it only comes one day at a time". It's a new day and a new dawn, make the most of it.
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          Nov 10 2011: Quite so. Even if your previous day ended badly, you can still make the best of your efforts to turn the tide. (I.E explain yourself, apologizes, correct some things etc)
  • Nov 8 2011: Astra, I admire you and thank you for taking care of the hands that rocked you with lullabies. Now it is our turn to rock them - hang in there. Don't talk about the people that are not coming to join you look after Mum - just thank the Almighty that you can say yes, and he will provide. Feeling bitter about someone can close alot of doors to luck and blessings - just do what you have to do wholeheartedly and with joy. Someone out there is looking and will make things happen for you and Mum. Say BULA to Mum from Fiji - (Bula means hello)
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    Oct 31 2011: Anwar, A friend of mine shared this link with me today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl9puhwiyw&feature=relmfu
    I really enjoyed it and hope others will too. It will be the new way I start my day. It is a beautiful video full of gratefulness.
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      Nov 2 2011: Thanks for sharing this; it's gorgeous and a wonderful message.
    • Nov 2 2011: Hi, Maria Fernandez;
      thank you for sharing the link.
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    Oct 30 2011: I tell myself what I have to grateful for, by way of a gratitude journal. This sounds like a fluffy practice but give it a try. 2 weeks of writing down what you are grateful for will make you aware of the great joys of life at a deep, experiential level. Then there's almost no choice to be energetic and courageous - it just happens!
    • Nov 2 2011: thanks and i will tell you the result after 2 weeks, and hope it will work
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    Oct 30 2011: i'm alive ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    Oct 29 2011: 5 more minutes! :D
  • Oct 29 2011: I always think, "What do you want to accomplish today?" and try to be more creative than simply, "to survive".
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      Oct 30 2011: I bring my thoughts to the belief that I can make a difference. I am passionate about living today even more creatively than the day before. This means that I practice mindfulness and focus on my capacity to change my perspective about things so I can change my reality.
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    Oct 29 2011: Today is the first day of the rest of my life:>)
    • Oct 31 2011: Hi Colleen, I love that quote!
      What would a human say, if today was, the last day of the rest of my life?
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        Oct 31 2011: Hi Tishe,
        Actually, I sometimes say..."this is the first day of the rest of my life, AND it could be the last day of my life...how do I want to live it?"

        It reminds me that I have an opportunity today...in every moment...this moment has never "been" before, and will never "be" again...it is precious:>)
        • Nov 1 2011: Yes and Thank You!! Colleen , how come humans always forget that? Moments are precious. A human blinks and it is gone! They never know, till it is to late? I thought, I was kinda weird, for thinking that way? So, now I know! :)
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        Nov 1 2011: My pleasure Tishe,
        I'm simply reminding you of what you already know in your heart...I can feel that:>) We are like mirrors to each other reflecting information back and forth, are we not?

        I think/feel that humans get caught up in their own heart wrenching stories, remembering the past and projecting the future, and therefor miss the present moment. I think/feel you are correct in saying that sometimes humans never know, till it is too late. While volunteering in a terminal care facility, I observed that those who have difficulty with the dying process, are those who have regrets regarding how they lived their life. Those who lived in the moment and were content with their life journey were content with leaving the earth school.

        I don't think you are "weird" at all...I think/feel you are PERFECT! How am I doing reflecting what you already know??? :>)
        • Nov 1 2011: Thanks Colleen, that was a wonderful pat on the back and you are reflecting pretty much on target!! :)
  • Oct 28 2011: I place my foot on the ground and take a deep breath. I then realize that I am above ground and breathing so this day will be better than the alternative of not being above ground amd breathing. Then I quote Psalm 118:24. "This is the day the Lord has made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it." I kiss my sleeping wife, tell her that I am proud to be her husband and head out into the day.
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    Nov 25 2011: Hello Anwar,

    Each day is a triumph of life, and one more precious opportunity to do the things i cherish and consider meaningful.

    My first words as i wake up are: "i made it one more day"

    cheers!
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      Nov 25 2011: Dear Andres,
      Another good start of the day, and wise words from you my friend:>)

      Your comment reminds me of my mom and one of her favorite humorous practices...
      Every morning, she would sit down with a cup of coffee and the morning news paper. The first page she looked at was the obituaries, and she would usually say with a smile...."well, my name is not in there today, so I think it's going to be a good day for me". She taught me that every day was/is a precious opportunity to do things I cherish and consider meaningful.

      Thank you for the reminder of the humor and joy my mother/teacher introduced me to as a child:>)
  • Nov 11 2011: This is your one precious life. What are you going to do with it today!?
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    Nov 11 2011: today is going to be an EXCELLENT day!
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    Nov 10 2011: I'm not going to live forever, so let's get things done.
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    Nov 9 2011: I rely on emotions to set the pace.

    I believe [and, science has proven that] we have an ability to affect our environment based on the emotions we connect to our consciousness. I feel we have the ability to harness our emotions and guide them in whatever direction we choose. That's to say, for example, that we can consciously choose or alter our emotions simply by modifying the way we choose to perceive a given situation. Perhaps a tad philosophical in nature-- but stay with me. There is a difference between telling yourself, each morning, "today will be a wonderful day", vs, the FEELING of KNOWING that today will be a wonderful day. When you KNOW you are going to have a wonderful day ...when you culminate that statement into a feeling ...when you have seen such idea of this "theory" proven, over-and-over, in your daily life ...when you have seen how emotions can affect your environment in positive ways ...when such feelings resonate with your being-- they become. The first "Law Of ME" proves that every day will be a wonderful day and i don't say it, i feel it, i know it and i live it. Carpe diem !!
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    Nov 9 2011: I can do it
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    Nov 9 2011: I just open my eyes, see the day´s ligth and think: Wow life is precious and full of grace!
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    Nov 9 2011: I just recently saw this quote on Kathryn Budig's Facebook page and I think it's amazing, read what you will into it:

    Be the type of person that when your feet touch the floor in the morning the devil says, "aww sh*t, they're up." - The Rock
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    Nov 8 2011: It is good Astra, that you decided to take care of your bedridden mother now, on her 90th year in this world. I think you are the first ever daughter doing this! Parents are normally abandoned by their siblings when they are sick and helpless. Millions of people all around the world are doing that only. You start changing the world.
  • Nov 8 2011: the first thing i think about in the morning is remembering how happy and grateful i am to have the eyes to witness it all !
  • Nov 8 2011: I ask my self, how much fun I'm having?
    • Nov 10 2011: And if the answer is not "i am not having much fun", do you make it a goal to have a fun day?
  • Nov 8 2011: "Gotta pee." Don't know about ya'll but I gotta go every morning. Something about it just gives me energy through the day. Then I plan everything out in the bathroom. Something about a bathroom that just helps you think. And plus peeing is releasing the last bit of yesterday and starting new. Haha.
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    Nov 8 2011: I tell myself, take it easy, just make the most of every moment. Don't let evil and negative thoughts take over your mind and smile as much as you can !
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    Nov 8 2011: We each have the power to lessen human and animal suffering. We each have the power to alter the future of mankind, and save untold misery and suffering. A hundred million generations of mankind depends on us. What we do or don't do today will have a tremendous effect on the future of humanity.
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    Nov 8 2011: I am going to be the best that I can be and do the best that I can do for everyone today, so help me do my part love.
  • Nov 7 2011: I thank the almighty if I wake up and I can open my eyes to see the light, my limbs are moving and I can move out of bed. THAT GIVES ME COURAGE TO LOOK AT OTHER THINGS

    Secondly, I look for all the members of my family (husband, 3 daughters and 1 son) to check that they are all well, and then I look at what is required to be done for the day. I usually look at what my target is and remind myself of my mission and objective. THAT GIVES ME THE ENERGY
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    Nov 7 2011: "Get out of the bed and drink a bottle of water, you have things to do. No, you won't be able to fall back asleep and there aren't five more minutes, water, now, get up." -something along those lines. :)
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      Nov 7 2011: Hah, it seems that both of us could not get up until the last moment, maybe five minutes.
    • Nov 8 2011: Hey Mr. Donate, you drink water, first thing in the morning? Man, I cannot function w/o coffee. (terrible but wonderful addiction) Then and only then, will I look in a mirror. NOW the pep talk, ( did ya ever smack a mirror?) :)
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        Nov 8 2011: I gave up coffee for tea recently, it is part of a healthier lifestyle change I'm making. It used to be coffee though, straight from Puerto Rico. :D
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    Nov 6 2011: The task is huge.. The day is short. The hour is late. And there is more at stake than most humans can possibly imagine.
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    Nov 6 2011: Tell myself in the morning "Hey! Morning! congratulation, you're facing another day! Make it the best one yet ;D"
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    Nov 4 2011: I tell myself " life is like ice cream eat it before it melts "
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    Nov 1 2011: I don't think of much, until the coffee is started. But on days that I'm really dragging, I think of an old quote by Jerry West: You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good

    Admittedly not as deep as some other answers, but then again I'm not seeking the meaning of life at 5:30am either.
  • Nov 1 2011: When I wake up, I smile, with my eyes still closed. Smiles have an amazing energy and an immensely positive effect on your body - not only when you see them, but when you give them as well. So each morning I give one to myself. That is a good way to start my day. :)
  • Nov 1 2011: I don't really think about anything I would think to myself or say to myself to give myself energy, courage or inspiration when I wake up. This isnt something I thought I did until I thought about it for awhile and realized I do. It's just not in the same sense as the question is posed. What I do Im sure others do as well and just dont realize it.

    I thought about this and what I realized was that my routine in the morning may vary a little but there are a few constants. I have a window in the restroom at home that looks out into my backyard, across the pond and to the wooded area about three hundred feet away. Every morning I will look out at the pine trees and take note if the tree is moving. I will look at the ground for noticeable changes like snow, wetness because of rain, or if it's still dry. I will also make note of the light, is it sunny or cloudy.

    Then I make my way into the living space I will go to front door peer out making same notices of the environment. I will look at the thermometer. I make my coffee, make breakfast and stand on front porch for a bit before I go in and turn on the computer so I can work. My home office is by a window and door so I can see outside all day while I'm slaving away at the computer.

    I hardly tell myself anything in the morning but what effects the rest of my day are those first twenty to thirty minutes of observation and actions. Out of that there are two single events that effect the rest of my day. The first being whether I have coffee. The second is the weather conditions outside mainly being the sun. If it's sunny it's a good day whether rain, sleet, snow and nothing else matters. Just being able to see outside in the morning and doing so makes a huge differece.
  • Oct 31 2011: Serenity Prayer works nicely for me by Reinhold Niebuhr. It reminds me that I am not in control of everything in my world and keeps me in the moment relieving of any regrets from the past and worries of the future. Most importantly, it reminds me to be a steward of Love.
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    Oct 30 2011: Anwar --

    I remind myself of my satisfaction with being awake and alert to life's adventures.

    If that doesn't work, I roll over and doze again for a bit to store up energy for the next adventure.

    Andrea
  • Oct 30 2011: I should be in intensive care. but I get out of bed anyway
    • Nov 1 2011: Oh and my gosh! Are you, that human next to me in a hospital bed? :)
      • Nov 1 2011: i'm never human when I first wake up tishe !
        • Nov 1 2011: Ditto on that one! I slowly turn into a human! It takes about two cups of coffee and a pep talk to my self! It it is a slow process, BUT it works!! (yea!) Oh and then I look in the mirror! :)
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    Oct 29 2011: I tell myself... if I go to bat enough times...some day I might get hit by the ball.
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    Oct 28 2011: Well....look , the start of a new day! Wonder what it is like outside? Then I go out in it.
  • Oct 27 2011: What? I made it thru another night? Seriously though, I'm just happy to wake up. I lay in bed and think about what I may do with the day I have. Then I get up , stumble to the kitchen for a cup of coffee and think about it some more.
    • Oct 29 2011: Yes!! Need the coffee!! (wonderful addiction) I do the same thing, then go talk to the mirror? :)
  • Oct 26 2011: I am glad that today is like yesterday
    • Oct 27 2011: do u always have these gr8 days. hope u share us the mystery
      • Oct 27 2011: I don't know whether I shall call the days great. I don't know really what makes the day great or not so great but I know that no matter what are my daily issues, I am really glad that I do what I do and I am with the people I care. I also know how often they leave for here and there and being able to spend some time with them gives me happiness. That is why usually when I wake up I am glad that today is like yesterday - coz the people I love are still here
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    • Oct 27 2011: hope i understand you wrong. do u think of ur self as sufficient?
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        Oct 29 2011: How could he not?

        Do do you think of yourself as deficient?

        You are all you've got. (What you have relationships with are not you.)
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    • Oct 27 2011: that is interesting shokhista, hope it will help me and others too
  • Oct 26 2011: I say; Brand New Day.

    It gives me alot of courage.
  • Nov 26 2011: There is no future
    There is no past
    Thank God this moment's not the last

    There's only us
    There's only this
    Forget regret-- or life is yours to miss.
    No other road
    No other way
    No day but today

    There's only yes
    Only tonight
    We must let go
    To know what is alright
    No other course
    No other way
    No day but today
    There's only now
    There's only here
    Give in to love
    Or live in fear
    No other path
    No other way
    No day but today
  • Nov 22 2011: "Dwell in possibility" and "It's a beautiful day to ______" (Whatever I've planned at the moment.. write a research paper, study hydrology, GIS, whatever my work is for the day, it's a beautiful day just to be able to do it.)
  • Nov 11 2011: Every morning I remember it will all be over soon - globalization, war, environmental destruction, global fiscal collapse, rule by Fascist Plutocrats - and that if it isn't over soon evough, I can always end it by my own hand. This provides me tremendous freedom and control over my own life. Remember: "Life is a shit sandwich and it is always lunchtime." Enjoy the shit today because it will only be shittier tomorrow.
  • Nov 11 2011: HI.I am a lucky person who has the best day.
  • Nov 11 2011: HI.Tomorrow I will have TOEFL exam!
  • Nov 10 2011: Even with the stresses and burdens we face when we wake up for the day, worrying about failures and how to make a living, there is one thing I can say:

    Don't worry about the future just wake up and continue what you are already doing, if something happens, it happens, just go along with it with a smile.
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    Nov 10 2011: when i go out of bed, i always say to myself. Niek it's a new day, let's go!
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    Nov 10 2011: I might meet someone interesting today, and I will expose myself to something interesting for sure
  • Nov 10 2011: if u love it, then do it.
  • Nov 10 2011: I remind myself that no matter how bad I might feel, theres an equal amount of people who feel the same way, and many who will always be worse off than I am. I wouldn't say I'm the most privileged person alive, but there are individuals who would give anything for a chance to live a relatively comfortable lifestyle. I remind myself that working towards positive productivity will ultimately be more satisfying than not pushing myself to at least try.
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    Nov 9 2011: In my small spec of time amidst the massive universe, what am I going to do? Then a cold shower.
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    Nov 8 2011: Each day and not only when I wake up but also when I take a moment to chill my mind I just repeatedly for a minute or so tell (silently to myself) three words: Light, Love, Peace..breath..look down and smile! I just try to see those words and let feelings associated come along...

    It is kind of an exercise! Long term one!
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    Nov 8 2011: Thank God for giving me another beautiful day in this wonderful world.
  • Nov 8 2011: I am a realist who knows life is short, and choose to be smarter than the average Joe hence I ask myself 'what did I learn today'. Though it's a simple, I found it quite effective.
  • Nov 8 2011: I am thankful for my existence & a beautiful family so i have every reason to be happy & the energy to get all things done. If i have a problem i know i have friends i can share it with.
  • Nov 8 2011: ''lets see what happen''
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    Nov 8 2011: I dont need it its already there. If i had to tell myself stuff to get courage i would be worried.
    The years have given me courage.
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    Nov 8 2011: Allways......VIR DIGNITAS....more or less in english: dignity and strenght, for all in all. Being Roman citizen IS a dignity....and goes beyond the simple citizenship.....is more than a pride.
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    Nov 7 2011: When I wake up I say myself *TODAY IS YOUR BEST DAY* and SMILE:)
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    Nov 6 2011: To be honest, when i wake up everyday, i feel so sad, because i like to sleep, the night is not enough for me. But i have to work, i have to make money to live, so, i just tell me, hey u, do you want to have delicious lunch and beautiful dress? now, get up! A miser, hah.
  • Nov 5 2011: I open my eyes and since the sun is shining I will tell myself: "This is going to be a beautiful day". I lay still and think about all the things that I would like to do on this day and portray myself doing all of them. One by one. Sometimes a whole conversation develops with a person I am going to talk to that day or sentences I want to write in my book. Eventually I become so involved im my own thoughts that I have to wake and make it happen.
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    Nov 4 2011: I don't particularly have a determine thought, I mainly think about the commitments I have that day, but overall I guess I think "Let's learn something and live today like the last"
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    Nov 4 2011: .
    I rely on emotions to set the pace.

    I believe [and, science has proven that] we have an ability to affect our environment based on the emotions we connect to our consciousness. I feel we have the ability to harness our emotions and guide them in whatever direction we choose. That's to say, for example, that we can consciously choose or alter our emotions simply by modifying the way we choose to perceive a given situation. Perhaps a tad philosophical in nature-- but stay with me. There is a difference between telling yourself, each morning, "today will be a wonderful day", vs, the FEELING of KNOWING that today will be a wonderful day. When you KNOW you are going to have a wonderful day ...when you culminate that statement into a feeling ...when you have seen such idea of this "theory" proven, over-and-over, in your daily life ...when you have seen how emotions can affect your environment in positive ways ...when such feelings resonate with your being-- they become. The first "Law Of ME" proves that every day will be a wonderful day and i don't say it, i feel it, i know it and i live it. Carpe diem !!
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    Nov 3 2011: I tell myself that everyone else I know has that "play it safe" type of lifestyle covered, and that its my duty to experience the other side of life and describe it to others in a rather insane, poetic manner
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    Nov 3 2011: God : Thank you for a great night of sleep. This another that you have make, I choose to rejoice and be glad in it and I pitch my tent in the land of hope today!

    Bless all the members of my family, provide and protect all of them today and bless me in all I do today and may it give glory to your name.

    When a bad thought come during the day, I said to myself; I hold captive these thoughts and I release them to you God, and I ask it to be change by a positive ones...

    Cheers!!
  • Nov 2 2011: Hi Anwar Kamal

    what I write has nothing to do with the question you have asked. my writings are about "everything" - Living a life of everything, it come because of living in different cultures, such as North European and South Eurpean, (and others in between). I compare the differences between them and me as total stranger for them. I haven't though of a title, maybe one day when I get all of them together, it will possibly be about how to be mentaly flexible to live in defferent culture and be loved by them.
    • Nov 4 2011: then let me recommend you chammamenda adiche's talk on single story. it will help for you to be loved and accepted by different cultures.
  • Nov 2 2011: I say, "Estoy fuerte, sana y feliz." In other words: I'm strong, healthy and happy.
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    Nov 1 2011: I like to wake up with the idea that today I will work hard to do everything better then I did the day before. A Japanese word comes to mind, Kaizen, which means that it's okay to make mistakes, as long as you correct them and do it better the next time. After all life is journey of learning and improvement.
  • Nov 1 2011: I'm living for my children
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    Oct 31 2011: Well when I first wake I think on my dreams and recount what i can. Then I clear my mind and focus on breathing. I keep a clear mind for as long as i can or until i am engaged in conversation.
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    Oct 31 2011: Every morning I wake up, I tell myself that I am awesome, that I am smart and that I am the best around, and nothing that happens today is going to bring me down.

    "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." Walter Bagehot. :)
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    Oct 31 2011: that this will be my day ... i will b the business in the business.....
  • Oct 31 2011: "Satisfaction is the death of efforts", so strive with a smile and go an extra mile.
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    Oct 31 2011: I wake up and immediately immerse myself in morning ritual....

    The smell of brewing coffee wafting up the stairs... Warm shower... thick towels... brush teeth... first cup with reading material.... second cup and planning... third cup and a burst of creativity and energy.... And then the day takes over. But the first 2 hours as the sun rises are mine.
  • Oct 30 2011: Maybe you would like to include Steve jobs video in your conversation - If today were the last day of my life , will I want to do what I am about to do ? -
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    Oct 30 2011: I remember what Abraham Lincoln said, "the best thing about the future is, it only comes one day at a time"
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    Oct 30 2011: I wake up as myself, without any particular self-talk to launch my day or to remind myself of my fundamental values.

    I wonder if I might ask of those who wake with a particular quote or question to start your day, how do you feel that practice changes how you spend your day compared to what you did before you started your day in this way?
  • Oct 30 2011: What do I want from life?
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    Oct 30 2011: More often than not I find myself lying there for a bit sort of day dreaming. I found my passion that way. What you day dream about a big part of the time is probably your passion.
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    Oct 30 2011: Nothing really I just get up lol.
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    Oct 30 2011: "This too shall pass" and "Be thankful you are alive."
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    Oct 29 2011: A shot of adrenaline hits me like cold water as my alarm clock blares at 6:15. I rush out of bed and scramble to turn it off. I turn on the light, play my favorite most up-beat music, and get ready for the morning. I always say to myself, today is a day to do something great, to change the world, to change myself.

    P.S. The music usually lifts me from a bad mode or any groginess left over from my 8 hours of hibernation.
  • Oct 29 2011: I say "People count on you. You gotta do it"
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    Oct 29 2011: I just open my eyes, imagine myself as the most successful man on Earth,imagine what all i want,feel it and feel i will get everything one day. So I feel happy and so does my day starts with a big smile on my face :)
  • Oct 29 2011: Thank God for this new day (think of the opportunties that will bring).... Now, what to make for lunch bags? what will I wear?... coffeeee
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    Oct 29 2011: Today should be better than yesterday
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    Oct 29 2011: in the morning as a self motivator ,the first ever message i convey to myself is" today is another wonderful day,and thanx to God having me another chance ,let enjoy it. then i take a glass of water and inhale deep breathing.
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    • Oct 29 2011: at least recognizing ones mistake is one step move ahead from not identifying it. but taking it as a fate and hating oneself is not important. what is required her is to make action to change those depressing mistakes.
  • Oct 29 2011: Hi anwar!
    Well, I ain't no Steve Jobs!
    I wake up as a human, not knowing my fate. (unless of course, I have a deadly disease) I cannot relate to the "Steve Jobs" scenario. I know i feel like shit in the mornings, sometimes. I pretty much, give my face a talking to. "Do not let anyone give you shit and do not let anyone, take advantage of you!" Then I remind myself, to be a nice human.
    So, to answer your question, I don't know what I would ask myself I am too busy telling myself off! (does all that make sense?) Steve Jobs was an amazing human! ( i still do not understand why he died?) :)
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    Oct 28 2011: these days a Mantra: Sri Gurudeva dutt
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    Oct 27 2011: COFFEE

    *zombie walks to the carafe*

    sorry i'm not sure what you're looking for here, but i don't think anything deep or insightful the minute i wake up. i meander in contemplation, thought and prayer during the morning, but the very first thing i think (truthfully!) is COFFEE.
  • Oct 26 2011: The hardest thing today is going to be lifting off these covers. All gravy after that!
  • Oct 26 2011: "Let the dog out!"
    My mind is too fuzzy at 6 a.m. to think of quotes.
    Later, when I have my act a bit more together, I sit on front porch & enjoy sounds of nature before the noise of a small town awake. Then I think of quotes about sun rises/nature etc.
    • Oct 27 2011: if there is something to tell ur self no need of quotes. dont u think so
  • Oct 26 2011: me i say what value did i added yesterday to myself ,specially knowledge, from the day before yesterday and what should i add more for today