OK, my alarm goes off at 6 AM. Then I hit the snooze button. Nine minutes later, I get up.
Usually. Sometimes, it’s a two-snooze kind of morning.
Then I head downstairs, get the coffee going, get the lunches made for the kids, get the breakfast going, get me going… and so on.
It turns out that it takes nine minutes for my coffee maker to brew a pot of coffee: that’s the same amount of time it takes me to pretend it’s not really morning and roll over in bed.
One of my themes for the year is to monotask more. So today’s experiment in simplicity is going to be as simple as it can get. I am going to sit for the nine minutes it takes to brew a pot of coffee.
Big accomplishment, right?
Call it a morning meditation if you wish, but that’s my goal. Nine minutes: not for planning out the day, or making out a mental to-do list, or previewing/rerunning various real and imagined conversations in my head.
And then, when the coffee is finished brewing, I’m going to pour a cup and sit some more… maybe six whole additional minutes to smell and taste that first cup of coffee, alone in the kitchen before anyone else is up, and before the rush of the day sweeps me along.