Written by Suraj Shah. Inspired by greatness.
There are some days that I just don’t want to get out of bed, but I’ve chanced upon something that guarantees I arise in the morning with zeal.
The warm comforting trap of the duvet
For some reason there are mornings when I feel shitty about myself yet all safe and warm wrapped up in the duvet. I tend to indulge in the comfort and can’t bear to face the world.
Perhaps I’m dissatisfied with who I am or the way I look. Perhaps I’m not challenged enough at work, or I feel disconnected from the people who matter to me. Perhaps I’m not keeping the promises I make to myself and so letting myself down and disappointing those around me.
Whatever the reason, on those days I feel horrible and just don’t want to get out of bed.
But here’s the thing – it turns out there’s a sure-fire way of shaking off that funk.
What I’m about to share with you, I don’t manage everyday, but when I do manage it, it makes the world of difference.
Arise from the delusion of comfort; Live to serve
There comes a point while I am gradually waking up that I start to think about the people in my life – those around me who I care about and who deeply care about me.
I think about who they are, where in the world they live and what they need the most.
I think about what they say and what is left unsaid. I recall the expressions on their face and the things they do.
It wakes me up, literally, to the important needs of the people around me.
It reminds me of how everyone is the same. How everyone craves love and how everyone has fears.
Then I think about who I am and what I have, right now, to offer that love, to heal the pain, to pacify their fears.
Magically, as my delusion of comfort starts to shift, my heart fills with energy and I look forward to waking up.
As I arise from my slumber and push my own dissatisfaction to the side, I realise that I ought to get out of bed.
Only then can I offer love. Only then can I pacify fears. Only then can I heal pain.
It’s only then that I can serve and only then can I truly live.