Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)
When I wake up it’s dark. I’m not really in to checking out my senses at that time of day; just glad to be able to get out of bed, sort of. Things pretty much work on autopilot at that time of the morning. It’s taken years of stumbling into walls, dressers, and closed doors to hone my morning routine without interruption. Reasoning skills are for much later in the day.
I start the process of making coffee. Even though not completely awake it’s right every time: fill with water and add five scoops of coffee. I toss my bagels in the toaster and hope I can make it to the bathroom in time. Everything is timed and measured to precise degrees. If one thing goes wrong or if there is a moments hesitation I wet myself. It hasn’t happened, but the day is coming I’ll have to remind myself to build in some contingency timing.
When the coffee is brewed the bagels are pushed down into the toaster. I pour the coffee and read the emails. By the time I have two sips of coffee the bagels are ready. A generous portion of cream cheese is added to the bagel. I enjoy the coffee and bagel with cream cheese while reading some news.
Now I’m ready to open my blind and see the day from my window.
It is peaceful and calm. Not one leaf moves. Not one bird chirps. The suns rays have just found their way over the mountains to the east. I find that is the best sensation of the day.