Tuesday, 8 January 2019

On getting up in the morning (there could be, and is a better routine)

I am a man who is comfortable with a fixed routine.  This has pluses and minuses.

I usually rise at 4:00 a.m.  I like the quiet of the early morning.

After a visit to the necessary room I greet my dog with "Good Morning Mr. Zion" as I stroke his pate.  He barely stirs.  Then I make my first coffee of the day.

Coffee made, I fire up my computer and check my e-mail and my Facebook page.

Next I look at four or five newspapers  (U.K. and U.S.A.) on the web. This part of my routine is a mistake. It means that I begin my day by spluttering and fuming at the news of the day;  be it the BREXIT nonsense in my mother land, or the worsening and dangerous news from the White House in my adopted land.

Spluttering, fretting, fuming and getting angry is not a good way to start the day.

I'd probably be a happier and more whole person if I began each day with beauty.

In my case that beauty would involve music.  Here's a starter.  It's the worthy and most beloved Laudate Dominum by Mozart.  

Could there be anything more sublime to the western Europe "christian" ear than this, (and his Ave Verum Corpus).

Enjoy with me this version from Vilnius.  What a magnificent soprano.  What a superb choir.


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