Restored to Life, and Power, and Thought
Skipping means taking on a life of responsibility, and the truth is, anyone can do that. After all, there’s no become-a-father license. The key to successful skipping is to take those responsibilities and show yourself worthy of them, to not merely complete tasks but to love your family in the process. A special opportunity for skipping comes with the dawn.
English poet John Keble sees the unique glory of the morning, and he explains it thus:
New every morning is the love
Our wakening and uprising prove;
Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
Restored to life, and power, and thought.
To Keble, a churchman and Oxford don as well as a poet, each day was a gift from above, and with that gift come responsibilities. And, because of the previous night’s sleep, the man of morning (that’s you, skipper) now has reserves for his actions, his “life, and power, and thought.”
The First Half-Hour
To cash in on what Keble hints is a providential opening for improving your skipperhood, take advantage of the first half-hour of each morning to be a good husband/father. The key to doing this well is pretty tough, because it’s not just the first half-hour after you wake up, it’s the half-hour before anyone else in your house does. That’s right, early bird; rise and shine.
Think of it: no one’s up. Nobody expects anything of you, except maybe that you’ll be sleeping. Impressive action has never been easier.
Now That You’re Up
Once you’ve managed to pull yourself out of bed at this unholy hour, you’re supposed to find a way to be a good husband/father. Surely you have some experience in helping out your wife, but if you need Skipping Bachelorhood to swing a broom at the ol’ cobwebs, take these ideas.
While you’re awake, you can:
- Cook your family breakfast.
- Write your wife a nice note.
- Workout (Don’t think you can do it in half an hour? Maybe you haven’t heard of the seven-minute burpee challenge.)
- Work on a project–your novel, your photography, whatever you’re doing that you hope will one day benefit your family.
- Do a couple quiet chores (see the picture above for a hint.)
- Get some motivation for the less exciting tasks ahead.
- Get on Facebook/Twitter/Skipping Bachelorhood/etc.
- Read or watch the news.
- Stare out the window with your cup of coffee (You know you’ve done it.)
- Stay in your blanket cocoon.
- Wake your wife.
- Seriously, don’t wake your wife.
30 minutes. You can spare it. If you feel tired by lunch time, try a lunch hour workout.
Give some other skippers a hand. Let us know what you do with your first half hour.