For most of you 4:56am B.S.T will have passed by without any fuss.
The majority of non shift workers will still have been soundly sleeping in this time zone. Travelling East around the globe the world of business and commerce will increasingly have been in full flow.
As my day began, in the West it was coming to an end. The candle burners would be closing their laptop spreadsheets and sloping off for a short fitful sleep. The determined mid-week party people would be trying to make the night last just a bit longer.
As for me? 4:56 am marked a special point in my year, a landmark line in the sand kind of a moment, if you will, that I have been counting down to in that quiet mental callender. It was for me the last time that I switch off the alarm clock for 19 days. It is now officially on garden leave.
The sands of the last six months have poured through my hands at an alarming rate, there has an extensive range of achievements chalked off in that time and while the days dragged, the weeks flew.
I am aware that from the title of this it could be misconstrued that I am one of those who celebrate Wednesday and 3pm and finishing a meal. Not so, I despise the celebration of mediocrity. My son is having a similar difficulty with his new sports teacher who is of the’ no winners’ camp. This phrase applies only to wars and arguments in my head.
All the way through his junior schooling the head teacher celebrated achievement. At sports day the first three in each race were handed a banner on a pole and did a victory lap. That is preparation for real life!
On a side note, I am all for including a range of sports in the Olympics, but can someone please explain how boxing fits the ethos? By sheer default the last man standing is the winner, we should not be giving out medals to anybody else. Maybe it’s just me?
Anyway. As I watched my eleven years old collect her trophy last week and pop the cork of the fake champagne I did think that these are the moments to magnify. Not the plates under the couch, not the socks behind the bed or another broken cup, all of this is just people living together.
But to make much of childhood achievement is building confidence, it strengthens resolve to do well and go further. It builds into the fabric of their being a confidence and confirmation of who they are as people that they can build upon. Not everybody gets that in childhood.
To be fair a lot of people don’t need affirmation to keep going, but there are far more who do. It isn’t a hard thing to encourage someone, it takes but a moment and a can change a whole day for the person. Too many of us continually look for a reason to complain or be compensated for some reason instead of choosing to complement the good.
So 4:56am for me was not a negative today. It was the start of a good day that will end even better and to celebrate I am off to have my first coffee.