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My Journey To An Early Morning Schedule

As Friday was winding down, my wife and I were planning the next day. We knew Saturday would be busy, so we decided we would wake up early. Knowing my wife so well, I knew it would not be an easy task. You see, my wife can go to sleep at 3 AM, it won't bother her. Waking up early? That is not her thing. She operates on a schedule so different from mine.

And here we were, Saturday morning. As usual, I woke up very early. I knew it was a difficult task to wake my wife up. At 8.30, I thought it would be time for her to wake up. I tried and tried, but she would not even open one eye. At one time I even wanted to throw cold water on her face for her to wake up. It came down to that. But nothing could help. She was coming up with excuses not to wake up. At one point she said to me: “Please don't keep on waking me up. I am already up. I am just praying!” Her “prayer” went on for forty five more minutes. God must be really pleased with her lol. I told you. Any excuse would do for her to sleep some more. The funny thing is that she doesn't even remember telling me all of that. I guess her prayer was very private lol.

Our sleeping habits are not the only thing that we don't share. Her TV watching habits used to drive me nuts. Talk about multitasking. My wife can watch three shows at the same time, text with her sister while sharing with me how her day went. How in the world can you do that? When I am watching a movie, that is the only thing I do. I cannot talk to anybody. I want to hear everything. How about watching NBA? Not only that is not her thing (at least for now! Lol), but every time there is a time out, she changes the channel and I just want to shout: bring back my game please!!!! To which she says: “What's the deal! They are not playing now!” It takes me a while to explain to her that it is only a twenty second time out.

In almost three years of marriage, I came to understand one thing. My wife and I think and do things differently. There is nothing wrong with that. We are just different. But I learned it the hard way. At first, I wanted her to be like me. Guess what! It cannot work. That is the truth with everyone of us. Each one of us is unique. That's the beauty. But for us to understand each other, we have first to acknowledge that we are created in such a way that each one of us has his or her own way of doing things. Once we understand that, and give others the space to be themselves, life becomes easy. It is hard to do at once (our own ego being in the way) but it is fun once it is fully working. Something to think about.

Moral of the story? Do you want to have more sleep in your life? Just pray for forty five minutes and you will change the channel on your TV


Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


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