Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is “I didn’t get enough sleep.” The next one is “I don’t have enough time.” Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of… Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds are racing with a litany of what we didn’t get, or didn’t get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack… This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.

― Lynne TwistThe Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life


Notes: Quote Source: In Your Head. Painting by Rafael Sottolichio (Montreal) with Engloutis_19 (via Mennyfox55)


  1. Hits me between the eyes – how such thoughts intruded regularly until I grew up sufficiently to realize that the one thing we truly don’t have enough of is time…time to cherish time.

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  2. this is so spot on, and all we do when we do this, is to lose even more time.

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  3. Watching my very good friend dying at the moment, she has cancer. She is 57yrs. She has had cancer for many years and has been very sick for about two years and I can’t bring myself to think about lack of sleep or difficult days. I leave her side at the hospital like today, and remember to do everything better. To eat, drink, and to live with more mindfulness and to appreciate this moment that I am healthy. The rest is just not important. 🙏🏻

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  4. Stopped me dead in my tracks.

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  5. Relax... says:

    Or, for those of us who don’t live as artists, work sucks. With or without children, a nation’s 9 to 5 madness eats up our vibrance and the light hours of an otherwise good NEW day. There was no boss-clock in Eden. At the very least, we need to embrace siestas in this country!

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Such a true and precise thought … ‘ This internal condition of scarcity, this mind-set of scarcity, lives at the very heart of our jealousies, our greed, our prejudice, and our arguments with life.’ … Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.

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  7. Nan Heldenbrand Morrissette says:

    Dear David,
    Excuse me. I just wanted to know if YOU read your post this morning.
    I often read your details about dragging yourself to work… finding a seat in the subway where, with luck, no one speaks to you… being squeezed into a middle seat while flying to yet another distant meeting…
    You and I may be friends who’ve not met, but I do worry about you. Is whatever you’re chasing really worth it? Is it really necessary? Are you trading the things that truly matter – the things that heal you and fill your heart – for the things you are chasing?
    None of my business, I know. Just concerned for you.

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  8. Not quite my experience. More like. “What day is it?”, then, “Shit, this is my life. “

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  9. This is a great book.😎 I used to share it with clients who felt they were not good enough, had enough or made enough. Shifting from scarcity mindset to abundance is a practice that is life changing. It starts with noticing habitual thoughts that keep us stuck and fearful, and then choosing a different perspective.
    David, may you find more than enough of what really matters today 💕

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  10. What I acknowledge every day is gratitude for all that fills my life.

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  11. I’m one of those weirdos who loves Mondays. If the slowest day of the week is Friday, then by default the fastest day of the week has to be Monday. Traffic’s usually lighter because people are hungover or just want to call in sick anyway to extend their weekend, and my management is usually too wrapped up dealing with what happened over the weekend instead of getting on the phone and bothering me all day. It’s almost always quick and peaceful.

    Every morning when I wake up I say to myself this little statement “wake up, work hard, have fun.” By the third time I’ve said it I have to get up no matter what because my mind has received the order to simply get out of bed. Years ago when I wasn’t a morning person, I’d lie there and go “I don’t want to get up, five more minutes.” I’d eventually get up of course , but, my mind would be programmed all day long with “I don’t want to get up” and I’d suffer subconsciously as a result. For the most part the body does what we tell it to. We just need to be careful (and aware of) what we tell it.

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    • Daniel, if you are a regular here, you know that certain ppl take over Dave’s blog….
      You have a gr8 approach to life, and obviously you’ve come a long way – I stopped being an absolute morning person by marrying my husband. He would have killed me had I stayed my former self, getting up whistling, singing and chirpy – I now chirp much later – but also sadly go to bed much much later.

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    • I so love your Monday attitude! I want that! Thanks for sharing Daniel.

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  12. My heart was racing reading this…. and not in a good way
    But to give you credit; the combo painting and text is ‘top shelf’…..

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  13. Yesterday was Sunday, a glorious, beautiful, perfect temperature Sunday. I am not retired yet, so I had a list of things as long as my arm to do that day. And you know what I did? Nothing. Sewed beads on a t-shirt. Read. Took a nap. Walked the dog. Sat on the deck and closed my eyes to the sun and felt the breeze on my face and listened to the birds everywhere. Did I accomplish anything worthwhile? Yes I did. Nothing is a perfect goal to strive for. We all should do it more often.

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  14. I did not want to drag my body out of bed this cold ass morning

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  15. Christie says:

    Love the painting…the painting speaks volumes…which I’m not elaborating on…you sure love red-haired women…/// ” This internal condition of scarcity, ” so many people are self-centered…I woke up knowing what the reality of my day would be…not a day that one other person in this world would want to face…I was brave…life is scared, precious, a gift…each breath is a gift and each breath takes us forward towards a completeness…

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  16. Christie says:

    As to not forgetting anything..a few things slip on by and sometimes I use discerning restraint…somewhere out in public last week my husband said to a stranger oh, she doesn’t forget a thing,,,years ago while taking a 3 term class at night at the local community college I asked a retired, gray headed man his first name, he told me and I said hmm,,,I recognize you let me think and get back to you before the end of the break…I looked at him and rattled of an address he looks at me and said how did you know my address…I said I live three blocks from there and I saw you go up the driveway on your bike, one day…

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  17. LIke almost everyone here… this was a sucker punch and a “this is me” moment.
    I shall be adding this book to my list as well…
    Course, I am in the middle of a mountain of boxes and feeling extremely overwhelmed and when I do get my head to hit the pillow, my body hurts while my mind tries to tell it, that it doesn’t while also thinking of all that needs to be done.
    I think I’ll go for a siesta before work. To hell with the boxes. They’re going nowhere.

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  18. I thank you, David. Did not happen today but am almost done work. A shorter shift will do me good.


  19. This is one of the times, I commented directly on the ‘announcement sign (bell)’ where I only see the post but not what others have written. It has now taken an even more profound impact after today’s post and some of the comments are hard to ‘stomach’. I realise that my life is sheer bliss with all its blows and disappointments, compared to my friends I made here on your blog.

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