“To have reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle, a belief of some kind, a bumper sticker, if you will.” – Judith Guest
What is my reason for getting up in the morning? When I see a statement like this, I always ask myself, “Do I have such a guiding principle?” Most of us are content with having to use the bathroom as our reason to get up in the morning, or having to be at work or school. But do you ever feel that there has to be more to it than that? Is the threat of losing our jobs enough to actually get us up in the morning, ready to face a new day?
I think that what Judith would argue is that if your only reason for getting up is to use the bathroom or to get to work on time so you are not fired, then you really are not making the most of your life. You really have not figured out what your purpose here is, what you are doing on this wonderful planet that offers us so many opportunities. Perhaps it is time that we all adopt what we would call a guiding principle, something that would give us direction each day of our lives. My main guiding principle is service. I look for ways each day in which I can serve others–my children, my relatives, my colleagues, friends, and strangers.
As Judith suggests, it is both important and necessary that we have a guiding principle to give us a reason to get up and start each day as it comes. It is up to us to define that principle, though. And once we do we will find that our lives brighten from the moment we awake each morning until the moment we close our eyes each night, and the fulfillment that we experience will be worth the time it takes to work out in our own minds and hearts just what that principle is.
Take a moment to reflect upon your own guiding principle in life.
Questions to consider:
What gets you through each day? How could a “guiding principle” make each day of yours richer and more fulfilling?
How do we tend to go so long through life without any sort of guiding principles?
What are your major reasons for getting up in the morning? Are they enough?
For further thought:
“Purpose serves as a principle around which to organize our lives.” – Anonymous