Why the early bird gets the worm and what it does for our hapiness

This morning there was no burn’t toast eaten stood in the kitchen whilst nervously clock watching, and wondering how late I would be for work. This morning was mine.

As the old saying goes, it’s the early bird that get’s the worm and this morning that saying held true. When my alarm went off at 5:45 I woke with an ease of optimism and drive. The red sunrise was starting to crack through the gaps in my blinds and the cold winter mornings have now been replaced by a very welcome summer warmth. A quiet drive up the coast rewarded us with lines of fresh swell for an hour of surfing. There’s something about being by the ocean at sunrise. The distant horizon, the movement of the waves and the early morning sun fill you with a wild sense of optimism and opportunity. So much of the day is there to be seized and here you are, at the start of that journey. Driving back, I didn’t want the morning to end. “If there’s a park outside the cafe, we’re getting a coffee” I said with my fingers crossed and eyes darting ahead to scour the road. Fate was on our side. A park! Right outside the cafe, it secured our decision without hesitation. The morning was completed with breakfast and a coffee. This morning the early bird definitely got the worm, and I got a chocolate croissant. Besides, I don’t like worms.


One of the best books I’ve ever read on making the most of life is by Seneca, aptly titled ‘The Shortness of Life’ and is also…conveniently short. Here are some good quotes from it, but I’d highly recommend you go and read the full book.

“It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”

“They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.”

“Life is long, if you know how to use it.”

“Whatever can happen at any time can happen today.”

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