Every weekday I wake up at 4:45am, workout for an hour, shower, get dressed and then eat breakfast and enjoy coffee with my wife for about 30-45min. For years this has been a ritual of ours, which I’ve come to appreciate more and more as our schedules have become increasingly busy throughout the week.
Typically, I’m gone for about 11 hours a day, since I commute from North County to downtown San Diego for work. After a long day, the evening is mostly used for eating, decompressing and getting to bed early so we can do it all again the next day, and that’s assuming a “perfect” afternoon without pervious commitments or surprises in the day.
As a result, the time my wife and I spend in the morning has become my favorite time of day because it gives us the ability to connect before the day takes hold. Between the natural stresses and general fatigue that accompany each day, I find that mornings offer one of the best environments to be present and enjoy the company of your significant other.
I also find it can help ensure that regardless of what each day presents that we’ve had the opportunity to connect, which I believe has been important for the healthy maintenance of our relationship.
It’s been so special for us that I even choose this time on Christmas morning one year ago to ask the smartest, most caring and beautiful woman in my life to marry me – making it even more special than before.
As I look towards a future with kids and the increasing complexity of our schedules, I can see even more clearly how important this time will be for us, and I look forward to doing our best to continuing this morning ritual.
Do you have a special time that you use for connecting with your significant other? I’d love to hear in the comments below.