Back in the day this phrase would typically read “Rise and Shine” but in the age of gig economy, booming entrepreneurship and just a culture of maximized productivity, we tend to see Rise and Grind. It’s popular. You see it everywhere. One morning I woke up and thought to myself “Rise and Shine” and then I also thought of the popular “Rise and Grind.” There is nothing wrong with Rising and Grinding, but I think I want my emphasis when I wake up to be Rise and Shine as my key purpose. Interestingly enough to know me is to know that I am the queen of being productive. I like efficiency, time management and accomplishing what I set out to do. The thing is that I am realizing that when that is my focus, I sometimes forget miss the opportunities to shine my light. I sometimes neglect relationships. Rise and Grind could cause us to prioritize the work, the tasks, our to-dos and accomplishments over connecting and remaining connected to our relationships — at least for me. Instead I want to make sure that I focus on continuing to Rise and Shine. I want to make my key focus each day my relationships, interactions, opportunities to share with others and generally speaking letting my little light shine. I will of course manage to “grind” (accomplish, complete and do) but I just will be mindful to not let it overshadow the thing that God wants most of us – to connect with others, bless others and support Him in the great co-mission.
Well – Happy Friday guys! Rise and Shine!