Good Morning!

On the way to work yesterday morning, everything I encountered reminded me of "On the Pulse of Morning," one of my favorite poems by Maya Angelou. One thing I love about mornings is that it seems that there is a peacefulness inherent in it. Everything looked bright and new. Looking up, I saw the mountains clearly on the edge of the land. The trees had this fresh look on them. The air felt cool and refreshing. It was as if every part of nature woke up to greet me to say, "Good morning." And it was a good morning.

In the last stanza of the poem, Angelou writes:

Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes, into
Your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

What I love about the ending is that she signifies how powerful saying, "Good morning" is. This simple sentence and simple gesture is immeasurably impactful. It's something we say to our family when we wake up. It's something that strangers say passing each other in coffee shops, bus stops, and on sidewalks. It's a simple way to wish someone that they start their day in a positive way. It's an easy way to spread joy to all those you encounter.

So this morning, I plan on saying,"Good morning" to everyone I see.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

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