I was awakened this morning by a bird singing outside my window. Did I say singing? I meant loudly squawking at 4:00 AM without any pauses for air. What in the world is a bird doing up so early in the morning? Are worms even up yet? I think the worms are still asleep, which means this early bird isn’t going to get a worm for a few more hours. It would be nice if he would just go back to bed and let me sleep a little while longer. What is he so cheerful about anyway? It’s not like he won the lottery or something. Whatever the reason, he woke up with a song in his heart and he is making sure everyone knows about it.
I had a friend like that. When she woke up in the mornings, she didn’t pause to collect her thoughts or to plan out her day, she was just immediately cheery. It was super annoying too. I don’t wake up well to someone singing,
“Wake up, wake up you sleepy head
Get up, get out of your bed
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red
Live, love, laugh and be happy”
I would think, “Yeah, you’re going to live, love, laugh and be happy when I whack you upside the head with this toaster.” But you know, I never did hit her with the toaster. I always made it through the morning, and so did the toaster.
I did notice that the song she would be singing, I would eventually be singing too. It wouldn’t happen right away, but eventually I would be eating my cereal and catch myself tapping my foot and humming along. Then, as I would be getting ready for my day, a song would come out. Before you knew it, I would be belting out a song from a movie or singing along with the radio. It’s kind of like when you hear a song in a commercial and you find yourself singing that tune everywhere you go because it somehow got stuck in your head.
Cheerful people can be super annoying in the wee hours of the morning, but you know, no matter how annoying they are, we could learn a lot from someone who wakes up with an instant song in their heart. The world could be crashing in all around us, storms could be blowing, tsunamis could be washing everything away, flood waters could be rising, yet there’s still a song to sing. No one or nothing can take your song away, not even Multiple Sclerosis. That’s something you own. You and you alone.
So this morning, find your song and sing it. If you need to collect your thoughts first like I do, that’s okay. Take the time you need to wake up fully, but once you are up and at em’, sing…sing your song with all your heart. Cut loose and let out the song that’s hiding deep inside you. And if you can’t find your song today, that’s okay too. Get around someone with a song to share. Before you know it, you will be singing it too. You might even find yourself dancing a step or two. Find your happy!