Do you remember the book “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins? It’s a fun book about a batch of tasty chocolate chip cookies that has to be shared by more and more people every time the doorbell rings. This book actually has nothing to do with this post other than the title “The Doorbell Rang” inspired the title ‘The Alarm Clock Rang’. So I’ll put in a plug for this fun book. Check it out!
Now back to alarm clocks. We all have different relationships with our alarm clocks. I’ve had this white one since high school and maybe even junior high. I was in charge of getting myself up and ready for school. And I was pretty good about making it happen but I was thankful for a reliable alarm clock, especially for those early morning swim practices.
Fast forward to Papua New Guinea. I often used an alarm for days when I needed to be on western people’s time. But many days I just woke up with the sun and the rest of the village. It’s easier to wake up early when you go to bed when it gets dark and are able to get a good night’s sleep.
I now have a very different schedule and do my best to not use an alarm clock unless I have to. On days when I wake up early to teach online, Ryan is my alarm clock. Since he’s up at 4:10 anyway, he makes sure I get up too. But since we often go to bed early, many days I find my eyelids fluttering around 4am. However, on the days I don’t have to get up, I happily roll over and go back to sleep. Other than Ryan waking me up, I generally don’t use an alarm clock. Even on days when I teach at the school, I only set an alarm just in case. But i’m usually up and moving before it ever makes a peep.
Whether it’s an actually alarm clock, a setting on our phones, a crying child or something else, many of us have a love/dislike relationship with this noise that usually gets us up and out of bed in the morning. Mornings are often a struggle for me but recently i’ve been trying to think about my mornings differently. I want to look forward to each day and the possibilities that it brings. Some days are more difficult than others but each day can be the start of something new.
So I’d love to hear from you. What gets you out of bed in the morning? What do you think when your alarm clock rings?