waking up to the sound of love.

2010 September 21 § 3 Comments

It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to a goal.

It used to be that I would go to sleep every day sometime after 2AM and wake up sometime in the ballpark of 10AM, 11AM, or 12PM… or later, if I had indulged myself the night before and decided to watch a veritable marathon of Asian dramas and movies. I still do this once in a while, these days, though more often the late bedtime can be attributed to homework, Illustrator, and Photoshop, rather than movies and dramas.

College was filled with it’s too early and i couldn’t possibly wake up before noon; volunteering was “impossible” because it meant meeting on campus at (gods forbid!) 8:00AM in the morning.

This summer, I’ve slowly tried to make the effort to wake up early to do work, instead of staying up late. I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, but even waking up at 5AM in the morning felt great. It felt greater after I physically stood up, walked around, and ate something.

That’s the power of breakfast.
That’s the power of the human mind.
That’s the power of… me!

An aphorism by Master Cheng Yen of the Tzu Chi Foundation is attached to my lunchbox bag that reminds me of this every day:

Do not underestimate yourself, for humans have unlimited potential.

When you tell yourself you can’t do something, you’ve already accomplished 90% of the work in convincing yourself that a task is impossible. Thinking positively is the best encouragement you can possibly give yourself!


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