!punctuate the beginning

This morning it was 45 degrees at sunrise.  That's too cold... it really is.  But, I decided to make the best of it and headed out for a 4-mile walk/jog/hike, during which I most definitely broke a sweat.  While I was making my way up and down the hilly terrain that makes up my route, I found myself in communion with the Creator and fully aware of the moment.  Even the random shirt I grabbed in the dimly-lit morning didn't seem so random.

The exclamation point is used at the end of a sentence to express passion, excitement or energy.  Whatever has been said is said with gusto.  I recall hearing this used as a cliche when someone does something with passion, excitement or energy: "they really put an exclamation point on that!" 

And here I am... starting my day with an exclamation point!  At the break of dawn, even though I totally disagree with God's decided temperature, I made the decision to punctuate the start of my day with an exclamation point! 

What if we did this every day?  Not the 4-mile walk/jog/hike thing... well, not necessarily.  What if we began each day with an intentional exclamation point?  Maybe it's exercise, or maybe it's prayer or meditation or Scripture reading or a conversation with a spouse or friend... or maybe it's a great breakfast or a call to the kids... or the grandkids... or maybe it's a dip in the Ocean!  Whatever it is, and maybe it's supposed to be something different every day, do it with an intentional exclamation point!

And now it's almost 70 degrees and I'm going to play with my kids in the back yard!


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