It’s worth it when you are absolutely suffused with peace for however long that peace is granted to you. It’s worth it when you hear the sound of an airplane above, a single engine plane, and smile. (My used- to- be- hobby till I had children. Then work got very much in the way.)

It’s worth it when the sun is brilliant in the sky and the blue of the sky reminds you of eating a little oblong shaped lemon pie for lunch dessert so long ago in school. Gazing out of the classroom window at the deep blue sky waiting for the teacher to tell us it was lunch time was torture when you were hungry AND had a TastyCake brand TastyPie lemon pie in your lunch bag. Oh, the mouthwatering wait. Those pies of dreams were made in Philly. My favorite pie except for the blueberry TastyPie. I used to beg Daddy to get them for me.

Getting up is worth it when you sleep well enough that when your eyes open, you greet your room with a smile and that means you feel alright and that you are grateful for the safe passage through the night. It’s worth it when you walk through the quiet and ordered stillness of your home, making your way to the kitchen to feed your pet who is patiently waiting. And then, it’s worth it when you smell the coffee brewing.

It’s worth it to walk easily and swiftly throughout your home attending chores and that work done with a smile. The smile is because it’s a privilege to have a home and the means to maintain it.

It’s worth it when you drive past the elementary school and in the distance the children are on the playground shouting and playing. That is music to me. And it’s worth it to smell the freshness of the air on setting foot outside first thing on the way to work out.

That small drift of aroma that is fresh roasted peanuts that appears somehow and someway through your car window when you are lucky. The smell of fresh tar and asphalt too as it brings strong memories.

It’s worth it, that getting up in the morning when you are out in the quiet of a hot and summer scented wildflower meadow. Or on a fresh smelling slightly damp dirt road winding through the woods with green perfume all around you to absolutely get joyful about. And it’s worth it to hear bird wings and bees buzzing, and to look upward and see the leaves beautiful greens almost appearing to be etched onto the blue of the sky.

These are some things that make it worth it to me to get out of bed. Each person has their own personal ingrained list and I would love to read what yours is.