April 16, 2013 — Early morning is my favorite time of day. I like the sights, such as the mist that sometimes hovers above Walker Lake; I like the stillness and solitude found before the world begins to move; and the taste and smell of rich coffee.
In Psalm 5, King David says he met with God in the morning and so do I. Like David I can say, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up,” (Psalm 5:3). It is what I do first.
Mornings are hopeful, mornings hold promise. I wake with a heart of expectancy.
While many share my passion for the start of the new day, there are some that find their inspiration late at night and there will be light shining through their windows long after neighbors have gone to bed. My Uncle Paul liked nighttime best. He played piano in the nightclubs of Southern California and when he got off work he would stop at a 24-hour supermarket to shop. I think the wide, empty isles were similar to the paths of a park, but safer in the dark.
My uncle would be classified a “night owl,” and I guess morning people are often referred to as “larks.”
Oddly, I found lots of other writers have chosen the topic of sleep preferences for columns and articles. Reading their stories, I have come to the conclusion people get up early or stay up late for the same reasons.
Columnist Bonni Brodnick described herself as nocturnal, stating she found her solace from the quiet of the night. She said nighttime was filled with mystery and magic.
In a column posted on fastcompany.com, writer Lydia Dishman wrote that Laurie Tucker, senior vice president for corporate marketing at FedEx, stays up late to read, think and unclutter her mind. She uses the time for regeneration.
The night owls seem to find the hours after most of the world is in bed the most refreshing, while morning larks reflect before everyone is up.
These hours are also productive. Dishman’s column was titled, “What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed.” She wrote, Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, edits magazine articles, writes non-fiction books and blogs. Frank Aldorf, chief brand officer of Specialized Bicycle Components, “turns notes and ideas drafted on the fly into concepts and future projects.”
Morning lark Steve Jobs, as CEO of Apple, would work a few hours at home before arriving at the office at 8 or 9 a.m. Via technology, he had access to all his work files.
Of course research has been conducted on sleep patterns with some results indicating a person inherits the tendency to be a night owl or lark. This might be true because my father is a morning person and my mother and her family (remember my Uncle Paul?) are night people. However, researchers also find people can teach themselves to be productive late at night without a natural inclination to do so, and vice versa.
Whatever the reasoning, certain hours of the day provide opportunities of solitude without interruptions and should be treasured. I treasure the early morning hours.
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