While driving into work this morning and listening to the CBC the host referenced a quote from a U.S. Navy admiral given at a commencement speech at the University of Texas.
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another."
~ Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command
Having recently posted a "Words to Mull & Cull" cartoon on this topic back in May it sparked my curosity.
I looked up Admiral McRaven's speech and was surprised how many posts came up about it. When I read his full speech here I can better understand why. I don't think many people would expect a four star Navy Admiral and SEAL to lead off a speech on how to change the world by leading off with the importance of making your bed.
If you would like to know how to make your bed the military way, here is a great post from one of my new favorite sites, "The Art of Manliness".
Of course the military bed is a minimalist one. For some making their bed can be a very large accomplishment.
Here is a bit more from his speech:
"Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."