Where did the term Rise and Shine come from? Unless you’re from another planet, I don’t know anyone who shines in the morning let alone during the day. I haven’t looked it up, although you might think I was curious enough to do so. But sometimes I like to live in my questions.
Waking up with an attitude that exudes ability and the happiness to do so. Could this be the meaning of the well-used term? I don’t really know but what I think I know is completely different from it. My take on this term is that it forces you to believe that it’s how you’re supposed to feel or act. Like when someone says Have a Nice Day, some would say that this would now put pressure on you to do just that. Others would say that it’s just a nicety and being polite.
So how am I supposed to rise and shine when I just feel tired and dark? We as humans have a built-in want to please others so we do our part and slap a smile on for the very person that put the pressure on us in the first place. Do they know that they just added another layer of bricks to my already heavy load for today? Are they sincerely just trying to be nice? I don’t know but I don’t know if I’ve ever shined in the morning ever unless it involved sweating after running when I was younger.
Am I missing something? Do people really Rise and Shine and maybe it’s just me that’s never experienced it? How does someone reach such a place in life that it’s at least possible?
Don’t get me wrong, I have experienced waking up and feeling joy or happiness. When you wake up to a little face still sleeping in the bed beside you, you just can’t help but stare in amazement that such a little thing could love you so unconditionally. That is what gets me through my day, the uncorrupted view of a 5-year-old. She loves me no matter what I mess up or what bill I can’t pay that month. Even though I put pressure on myself because of her being in my life, I would never change it for anything. Maybe she is my shine? Do you think that everyone’s shine is different? I mean, hopefully, we all rise, but do you think it takes something else to make us shine? We still need something on the outside to make us shine on the inside? What did we use before that one thing or someone came along?
I’m still a little lost on the whole thing but I do see some things that can fit into this. But please, don’t put the pressure on someone else by telling them this. Maybe try a nice Hi, the sun is fantastic today or Wake up, breakfast is ready (that would be nice). I know there’s more that I’m missing but the pressure is just too much sometimes to live up to. Maybe, for now, I’ll be content with the rising but not shining unless someone tells me really how to do it.