Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Times, They Are A Changin'
I've joined in with the occasional complaint about the early darkness. In my cushier days of working for the government (although, I guess you could say I still do), I could amend my schedule and leave work at 4:00p.m. once the time changed so I could enjoy a bit of sunlight in the afternoon. That is no longer an option with this new job, so I leave in darkness with the rest of Huntsville at 5:00 p.m.
Still, for me there is an upside to the time change and it has to do with the fact that I am an early morning runner. As summer ends and the days grow shorter, the darkness of the morning grows longer and I end up starting and finishing my run in the dark. When the time changes, however, I am suddenly met with a sunrise much earlier than before and I love that.
This morning was particularly nice as Kristi and I were running directly into the sunrise. As the line of pink and orange began to appear on the horizon, I thought, "How nice is this?" Not only is it nice to be able to see where I am going, it is nice to be greeted by such a lovely sight! I can say with honesty that I love starting my day this way. Sure, it is sometimes grotesquely early, but so very worth it. Those first few moments of being awake may be a little tough, but once I get up and start moving, I'm always glad I did.
Friends have said I am disciplined and dedicated, but really, I'm getting so much more than the hour of sleep I gave up. Good exercise. Good conversation with a friend or two or seven. And many mornings, an amazing sunrise. It feels like God is saying, "good morning" as he presents his beautiful gift. I want to be awake to see that. I want to be outside running, seeing, and experiencing before I start a day of sitting, staring at a screen for 8 hours.
So even though times are changing as they always have, it is not all lost hours and darkness. There is light and beauty to be found as well. I mean what better way to spend that extra hour?