First Thing Every Morning~

Start each day right by beginning each day with a short reflection to lift your spirits and lighten your load.

Turn your life around, one day at a time... First Thing Every MorningIf you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.

Here's a story that drives the point home.

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Arthur Berry was described by Time as "the slickest second-story man in the East," truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, "I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn't. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don't leave out the biggest one of all... Don't just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry."

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time...pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

What you've just read is an excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake. This book has everything you need to energize your life—reflections, stories and quotes that'll lift your spirits and lighten your load. His insights on more than 50 topics will help you to turn your life day at a time.

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First Thing Every Morning

If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late. ~Henny Youngman

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. ~Richard Whately

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible. ~Jean Kerr, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1957

I'd like mornings better if they started later. ~Author Unknown

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? ~Thornton Wilder

Through the blackest night, morning gently tiptoes, feeling its way to dawn. ~Robert Brault,

Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. ~Elbert Hubbard

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning - and the younger generation doesn't think much of it either. ~John J. Welsh

Morning is when the wick is lit. A flame ignited, the day delighted with heat and light, we start the fight for something more than before. ~Jeb Dickerson,

If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. ~Author unknown, attributed to Jim Davis

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. ~Monica Baldwin

The sun is but a morning star. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast. ~Author Unknown

There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock. ~Author Unknown

I can see the orange haze on the horizon as the morning exhales a yawn, and seems to be ready to rise. ~Jeb Dickerson,

You can only come to the morning through the shadows. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

I have a "carpe diem" mug and, truthfully, at six in the morning the words do not make me want to seize the day. They make me want to slap a dead poet. ~Joanne Sherman

There would be a lot more optimists if it weren't for the rise-and-shine requirement. ~Robert Brault,

Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first. ~Josh Billings

Slow buds the pink dawn like a roseFrom out night's gray and cloudy sheath;Softly and still it grows and grows,Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.~Author Unknown

The plans that I made when horizontal are working out now that I'm vertical. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon,

Luxury is an ancient notion. There was once a Chinese mandarin who had himself wakened three times every morning simply for the pleasure of being told it was not yet time to get up. ~Argosy

One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast. ~Robert Brault,

The day shall not be up so soon as I,To try the fair adventure of tomorrow.~William Shakespeare

Find peace in the morning rush and you will have a good day. ~Mike Dolan,

The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years. ~Thomas Jefferson

I'll tell you how the sun rose a ribbon at a time. ~Emily Dickinson

To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. ~Henry David Thoreau

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed. ~Ambrose Bierce

No human being believes that any other human being has a right to be in bed when he himself is up. ~Robert Lynd

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. ~William Feather

Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience - unless they are still up. ~Ellen Goodman

I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in mornings. ~Terri Guillemets

I don't think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups. ~Rita Rudner

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