Day 7 – Encourage Yourself Out of Bed

Day 7 – Encourage Yourself Out of Bed

Exactly!  Encourage yourself out of bed.  You know those days when you don’t feel like waking up?  When you didn’t sleep well the night before, and the alarm clock sounds like a foghorn?  You are mad at the world and it’s not even 6 am.  This is the perfect game to play!

I must begin by saying, you will be talking, to yourself…out loud.  So, if you don’t live alone, people in your house may think you’ve lost your mind.  You may be spending your day in a psychiatrist’s office instead of going to work or school.  I’m sorry, but that is the price you will have to pay.  You signed on to play, and play you must!

The game starts even before my feet hit the floor.  Picture me, all snuggled up in my bed, just talking away… “Mom, did you call me?” Mya yells from her room.  “No!  I’m talking to myself.” I respond quickly.  I’m sure this occurred very strange to Mya when she first came to live with us.  Now she knows my games all too well.

I’m about to tie something together, so stick with me.  Did you ever see the movie The Help?  Such a great movie.  The entire movie is phenomenal, but my favorite part is when Aibileen speaks kindness to Mae Mobley.  In case you haven’t seen it, the movie takes place in 1960’s Mississippi, and Aibileen is a maid who spends her life caring for a wealthy white family.  Mae Mobley, a homely little girl in her mother’s eyes, is the child Aibileen is hired to raise.  The movie sadly depicts the disgusting nature of humanity during that time in our country’s history and simultaneously captures the unwavering kindness that defines so many of us.  There is a line in the movie where Aibileen lays the foundation of Mae Mobley’s self-esteem.  “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”  Aibileen continuously feeds Mae Mobley’s soul.  “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”  Over and over throughout the movie, this sweet interaction is repeated.

Now, I bet you are wondering what The Help has to do with me talking to myself in the morning before I get out of bed?  I promised I would get to that, didn’t I?  I steal the line.  I say it to myself on those days when my bed feels like my best friend.  As many times as necessary.  “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”  Then I get the heck out of bed!  I’m a sucker for a good movie line.

On those days when you just don’t want to get up.  When sleep is the only thing on your mind.  Encourage yourself out of bed.  Show yourself the same kindness that Aibileen did to Mae Mobley.  You can use Aibileen’s words if you like, or borrow a line from a movie you love.  I like to change it up sometimes.  The most important thing to remember is to let the first words you say to yourself each day be encouraging.  After all, you are smart, beautiful, and important.  Say it loud and proud!

9 Replies to “Day 7 – Encourage Yourself Out of Bed”

  1. Love that movie! Love this concept and shall put it to work, though it doesn’t mostly apply to me given my morning nature!

  2. Girl, you sooo should be a writer! I will try this one starting NOW! As I lay in my bed reading this trying to talk myself to get out and wake up kiddies to go to school. Have a great day!

  3. I have alot of those want to stay in bed days But I know it won’t change things that I don’t want to face. However, my latest words of encouragement come from Cinderella, “Have courage and be kind”. Life isn’t happily everafter, however it is what we make it. My dear Tom gave me this verse to help me when we first met. ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Encouragement is a gift, yes let’s remember to start with us first. Rise and shine, have a Blessed day!

  4. Mother this is awesome especially because today I had the hardest time getting up. It was literally angels and devils, telling me go back to sleep and turn the alarm clock completely off and the other saying come on get out of bed pretty girl, like you tell yourself in the morning. But guess what I did I turned the alarm clock off, haha and went back to bed because it was a snow day. I think I’m allergic to school anyway.