The Heroic Minute refers to these encouraging words from St. Josemaría Escrivá: conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a fixed time, without yielding a single minute to laziness.
Disclaimer: save this post for a later date if you are currently in a season of transition with pregnancy or a new baby and you are catching sleep when you can.
The Heroic Minute gives us the opportunity to make the first decision of the day to conquer ourselves and our selfish inclinations. I find if I can do this well first thing in the morning, it sets my day on a positive trajectory.
I was first introduced to the Heroic Minute when I was in college. At the time, I believed I had trouble waking up on time and it felt heroic to get up immediately when my alarm went off.
As a mom now, getting up with my alarm sometimes feels like off-the-charts heroism but I have found that it is necessary to get up with my alarm before my children wake up.
I am able to take time for myself during that first hour of the day. I drink a cup of coffee, pray, write and review the plan for the day and upcoming week. This time of the day helps me to keep the chaos at bay.
To be honest, I haven't been great at doing this lately. We've had guests in and out of our home lately and irregular schedules. We are getting back to normalcy now and I am recommitting to the Heroic Minute. I know it will be worth it.
Thanks for being here! We are in this together.