Why Do You Get Up Each Morning?

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.

Richard Dawkins

I love this quote. Puts things into perspective.

Why do you bother to get up in the morning? Is it because the alarm goes off? Or is there some deeper drive, some desire, some purpose that fuels you and inspires you to get up?

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      3 Responses to “Why Do You Get Up Each Morning?”

      1. Lydia on August 1st, 2007 10:29 am

        I don’t get the article at all…..That quote must have been written a century ago, when the planet still had much of it’s beauty left (and untouched by man). Each morning I wake up to see an increasingly polluted, toxified, overpopulated planet, horizons rendered invisible by smog, lakes and rivers that if they’re not polluted are drying up (and is getting more so by the day)…… I don’t know WHY I get up in the morning!! It’s out of necessity to find work (which I haven’t had for over a year). Every day that passes without even a hint of a lead towards a job makes my search feel that much more futile, and makes getting out of bed that much more difficult. Actually, it’s become a struggle for me now. Being out of work and stuck at home, my husband is starting to treat me like Peg Bundy (though that’s the last thing I want to be). It’s not even about finding a job I’d LIKE to do anymore…it’s about finding a job that will CALL ME BACK, even if it’s a job I know I’ll hate (like Wal-Mart or McDonalds but THEY haven’t even called me back!!!) This “Law of attraction” confounds me. I no longer have any hope or belief in it. Everytime I read about it and put it to work (following the instructions) it goes great for a while….then, just when I’m really starting to see things come together and I’m starting to get happy…all of a sudden -flatline-
        Either everything comes to a standstill and stops OR (worse) things backfire and everything that CAN go wrong comes to pay me a visit. I don’t know how much more disappointment my heart can take, so you can see how I won’t go NEAR the “law of attraction” or anything LIKE IT anymore. It seems the only thing that life provides me IN ABUNDANCE WITHOUT FAIL is whatever I hate the most….Maybe I should start hating the things I want so I can trick the dumptruck of life to back up and pile on (in abundance) things that would make my improve the quality of my life or at least make life easier to tolerate….

      2. Edward Mills on August 2nd, 2007 1:20 pm

        Hi Lydia. Thank you for your honesty. I hear you. I have felt that same sense of hopelessness that you speak of. And I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you’re going to snap your fingers and get out of it. But I will tell you that if you take steps, however small, each day to shift your focus that your life will begin to change.

        I know it’s hard in this place to find something for which to be grateful. But see if, each day, you can find one thing, one tiny thing to appreciate in your life. And as you continue to do that, and it becomes easier, then look for two things to appreciate.

        The more that you do this, the more your life will change for the better.

        Don’t think of it as the Law of Attraction. Rather, think of it as Your Life.

        If you can find something to appreciate in the midst of a seemingly hopeless situation, you will begin to find more and more strength and the courage to continue to take small, steady steps towards a better life.

      3. Sandy Murphey on September 9th, 2007 7:04 pm

        When I had my own business, someone from
        SCORE, asked me the question “Why do you get up in the morning?” My answer was “To use my creativity”. He said it “should be to make money!!!”

        I was very disappointed, and immediately dismissed much of what he said after that. I realized that because he was a “retired executive”, it didn’t mean that he had ever been an entreprenuer.

        It’s something that I’ve never forgotten, and by the way, I still wake up each morning to “use my creativity” in whatever I’m doing that day.

        Sandy Murphey

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