I try not to say I am tired when I feel tired, because it just amplifies the feeling, but for the sake of this blog I will violate that rule just this once. This week has been our “Five Days of Prayer”, and most mornings I have been getting up at 4 am and getting to bed about midnight. Tomorrow morning, Friday I am getting up at 3:30 am and driving to Portland to catch a plane to Sierra Vista, Arizona where I will be speaking over the weekend. I am sitting in my recliner writing this blog and it is 10:20 pm and I have a goal of getting to bed by 11 pm though I still have to do some packing. So, as I sit here, I let out a nice long sigh and say, “whoooeeee I am tired”. The best way to conquer the mental side of tiredness is to have a plan. So my plan is to ask Patty to set the coffee pot to go off at 3 am, pour it into my thermos in the morning and take it with me and drink coffee all the way to the airport, sleep on the plane, get to my motel room by 5 pm and read a bit and do my “disciplines” and be in bed by 8 pm and sleep in until 8 am. I don’t sleep for 12 hours very often, but I think I will do it this time. Nice plan. It is quite amazing how a good plan energizes my thinking and my attitude. I can sit here and say, “Whoooeeeee, I am tired”, but I say it with a smile because I know it is just temporary, because I have a plan!!