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The moment you
wake up each morning,
all your wishes and hopes
for the day rush at you
like wild animals. And the first
job each morning consists in
shoving it all back; in listening
to that other point of view,
letting that larger, stronger,
quieter life come flowing in.
C.S. Lewis

I'm a morning person and love getting loads done before the day's officially begun (don't expect much from me after around 7pm though!). So it suits me to wake early, make the coffee and settle into my favourite chair to spend a short time reading the Bible and praying each day. However, I wake up "fully awake" (very annoying for my family!) and thinking about the day ahead. So I find the early morning is also a great time to get a load of washing on; write emails; send texts; sort washing; and do endless other "jobs".

When I read this C S Lewis quote I identified with the "all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals" and I thought "yes, that's just the way it is", and got on with my various jobs.
Then I took note of this : "the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back". That looked like I'd have to work at it - it wasn't going to come naturally! But the rewards looked worth it "listening to that other point of view, letting the larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in". So I've been working at that...and before I do anything else in the morning I consciously call to mind Bible verses, lines from worship songs and promises of Jesus. I remind myself that God is for me, He loves me and has plans for me. It puts everything - all the "wild animals" in perspective. 
It's a much calmer way to begin my day.

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