My grandfather used to get up early every morning and go downstairs and sit quietly. After he died my mother gave me a series of small cards that he used to read to himself. It turns out he would repeat these every morning. Here is one example.
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind… let it be something good.”
— Author Unknown
Obviously it was quite moving to find this out. It was also a really poignant as I had just begun another round with meditation myself, which grew into the daily meditation I have kept up since (see Five Things I Learned from Meditating Every Day of The Year). I still have a think about this now and then.