My Golden Hour

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.
You have to catch it yourself.”
Benjamin Franklin

As a disclaimer, let me now admit that my Golden Hour is usually more like a Golden Half-hour, but I do start my day with it.

I feel it’s very important for us to kick-start our mornings.  Same as nutritionists will tell you the most important meal of the day is breakfast as it will “fuel” the remainder of the day,   I also believe it’s just as important that we “fuel” our mental day.

I try to time my Golden Hour by awakening before sunrise, and greeting the sun.  It the weather is obliging, I often use my own version of Tai-Chai to stretch my body and my mind, all while the sun is rising. If at home, this is usually on my front porch which faces the sun.  I watch the horse and sheep as they peacefully graze.  If at the beach, or on a cruise, I usually do this at the shore.   As always, I greet the sunrise with “Gee, it’s going to be a beautiful day.”

I then do into my devotions, either Bible reading, or a series of prayers, and at times, worship through silent songs.  I often follow this with silent meditation, not of the chanting kind, but more of the reflective, what do I want to accomplish today, kind.  This is more mental, than physical, so I’m not writing anything down at this time.

From this, I ease into my morning.  I now begin writing down my goals for the day, until it’s actually time to start to work.

I know everyone’s not a morning person, but I certainly find my mind clearer in the morning.  If you are more of a night person, then you can do this later in the morning, or even at night, in preparation of a good night’s sleep.

I hope you’ll let me know when you begin your Golden Hour, and what it rewards it’s giving you.  I promise it will bring you hope and happiness.

my Golden hour

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About Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

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