When I wake up in the morning, I spend the first hour and a half of my day by myself. Some days, this is the best time of the day for me. My mornings in solicitude are an essential and sacred time to me.
I wake up at 5 AM and immediately start the coffee.
Coffee in hand, I sit down and read a chapter of a book of the Bible. After that, I journal and pray. With my spirit and soul fed by my Bible time, I launch into writing. Once I’ve done some writing, I plan the rest of my day.
And then my daughters wake up and the busy day begins.
This is the same routine I do nearly every morning. And when I don’t, well, it can be pretty terrible. As Ryan Romeo says in his book: Head in the Clouds Feet on the Ground:
“And without my time, I become a shell of a man. All work and no quiet time make Daddy a dull boy.”
This rings true of me too. Over the last few years, I have really dialed this time in too. When someone asked me about my morning routine, I shared what comes out of it. And I have boiled it down to these benefits.
5 Benefits of Solitude
These five benefits seem to be true for everyone. No matter who I talk to or what I read, these benefits keep coming up. And I want to encourage you to think about these benefits for your life and start considering making specific time to spend alone.
I have found that my time in the morning, by myself, uninterrupted brings an incredible amount of peace and centering to myself. It helps remind me of who I am and what is really important. It takes away all of the stress we deal with in the world and brings focus.
Once I come into focus, it helps provide clarity to what is going on in my life. With a family, a day…