A good morning routine can really help you slam dunk the rest of the day.
You can write a ‘to do’ list.
Make a good, strong coffee.
Walk the dog or get a workout in.
Say prayers or meditate.
Read 5 pages or maybe journal your thoughts.
Perhaps avoid social media.
I don’t do any of these things, although coffee is high on my list.
I used to have a complicated, overloaded routine which, if wasn’t completed, made me feel like a failure.
Stretching, lifting weights, gratitude journal, wrestle the dog…and on and on.
My new morning is now, way more simple.
By complete accident I found this site on Twitter…or maybe it found me.
Each morning I read the tweet. It begins with a small photo of a Lazlo, a Paula, a little Monika, the entire Zimmerman family….
In haunting black & white I see fathers, mothers, young men & women, children, babies.
Scrolling, I read: 1st February 1930, a French Jewish girl, Maria Zameczkowski, was born in Paris.
In August 1942 she was deported to #Auschwitz and, after selection, murdered in a gas chamber. No. 25266.
In each daily post the story is the same: a unique, unfurled life, brutally extinguished.
In that moment, in my own ceaseless silence of morning, I gaze into their eyes – scared, distant, defiant – and I say “Today, I see and remember you…..”
I start each day not by remembering a routine, but by remembering others.
Others who never had a chance.
It is by no means a pleasant practice but I feel it my duty to honour their life and not to forget them.
And not to forget how lucky I am.
Auschwitz Memorial @AuschwitzMuseum on Twitter.