I am grateful for little rituals. Pretty much every morning I start the day with a cup of joe and the crossword puzzle from the post. Because the post puzzle must be on the easier end of the spectrum, I am usually able to finish it. (That’s not to say that there isn’t sometimes creative license – 34 down MUST be SPLORB since those are the letters that will fit there.) This gives me a sense of satisfaction because some days it feels like the only thing I might accomplish. It can be the calm before the storm.
I would say that I am a person who likes a certain amount of routine. On days that I work, there is a certain order and structure to things. I definitely like to have an idea of where my day is heading, but if the schedule changes I don’t go into a tailspin. With a fair amount of uncertainty in our lives I would say these little routines have become more important – almost grounding exercises. I might not read more than a paragraph or two of the rest of the newspaper but for me it is well worth the subscription cost to have that fifteen minutes each morning.