This IS the day … 6 Tips Help You Love Mondays

Codrington College pond
Photo by Nathan Weithers

 

“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

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It’s Monday … again … a day most of us love to hate. Well, hate may be a strong word but I don’t know of many people who like Mondays far less love them.  Most of us want the weekend to last at least one day longer.  We are disappointed with the things we didn’t get to do over the last two days and are depressed over the things we will have to do over the next five.

Personally?  I need a 3-day weekend.  Saturday would be spent running errands, grocery shopping and laundry.  Sunday would be spent going to church, cooking and doing any household chores left over from Saturday.  Monday (my new 3rd day of the weekend) would be MY day, spent doing the things I want to do: like reading a book, watching a movie, writing a poem or short story or blog post … the possibilities are endless.  Of course I’d still want to be paid the same salary if I was yet to retire … but that’s another story for another day.

What I’ve decided to do however is motivate myself (and my fellow Monday discontents) into changing our mindsets towards this first working day of the week.  From this point onwards I am suggesting we start the ball rolling by asking ourselves WHY we dislike Mondays so much.

  • Is it to do with the fact that we have to go back to work after two days away from the office?
  • Or maybe it’s because of those boring weekly staff meetings our executives insist on having at 9:00 a.m.?
  • Could it do with having to leave home extra early to avoid sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic or more likely the 2 hour commute just to make it in on time?

After we find our why, let’s see how best we can adopt a more positive mindset.  Here are 5 initial thoughts plus a bonus but I want to hear any others you may have – because we are all in this together:

  1. Meditate as soon as we wake up on Monday morning; think positive thoughts e.g. Today IS going to be a great day!
  2. Enjoy some upbeat music on the way into the office to put us in a good mood.
  3. Plan to do something totally different e.g. take another route to work if possible, drink tea instead of coffee, do squats instead of push ups during our exercise routine, wear pink instead of black … you get where I’m coming from.
  4. Consciously plan to make our Mondays matter e.g. schedule something exciting on our calendar for Monday (lunch with a friend, a quick trip to the mall, a random anonymous act of kindness for a co-worker or family member).
  5. Write a To Do List which targets getting the ‘yucky’ tasks out of the way first thing on Monday, in order to leave room for the not-so-yucky stuff.
  6. Bonus thought: Count our blessings and thank God for allowing us to see another Monday, because some of us did not make it to today.

So can we do this?  More importantly, can we do this starting today?  Who’s with me? Let’s go out and rejoice and thank God it’s Monday!

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

For those days when life weighs you down

Photo by Gale E
Photo by Gale E

The WordPress Photo Challenge Task: This week, share a photo of something marked by its weight — or its air of weightlessness. Show us gravity at its most unforgiving, or most generous. Bricks or feathers. A collapsed ruin or a plane taking off. A heavy piece of old furniture or the flying buttresses of a cathedral. Keep in mind that weight doesn’t even have to be physical: emotions and memories can weigh on us (or lift our spirits) at least as much as real objects.

My Take: Living in a Caribbean island I immediately thought of swimming in our endless blue clear sea as being the ultimate example of weightlessness but then I thought about my life, especially on those days when I am weighed down by decisions and deadlines and drama. Why? Because those days are hard. That’s when I want to give up, to curl up in bed under the covers and let the world go by without me but on the other hand, that’s exactly the time when the prayers, worship and fellowship at my church lift me ‘weightlessly’ up to an amazing place high above whatever’s going on – and for me at the end of the day, it truly is the best place to be.

Can you relate? What lifts you up when you feel most down and out? Would love to hear from you and thanks for visiting 🙂

 

 

One of my favourite weight-lifting songs …

… and one of my favourite weight-lifting bible verses

“Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

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Because I’m Grateful for Another Year

 

Photo by Gale E | garden love
Photo by Gale E | Trinidad garden love

You are my everything

(a prayer of gratitude to God)

O Lord,

Were I to count the ways your love has worked in me,
There’d be no time to list them all, for each day you have been –

A gentle breeze that’s shaped my life.
A fragrance to enjoy.
A seed that’s born spring leaves and shoots
That makes my journey full.

Your words have helped me climb the peaks
And lit the valleys dark,
And always I have found the light
Of truth to guide my path.

You’ve given me the very gift
My heart was yearning for,
And blessed the work my hands have done
To make my offering more.

But more than this, as only you see
You’ve known my tears and smiles.
To walk so close to a loving friend
Is how I was designed.

And so I am so privileged
And inherit such a prize.
My heart is full of gratitude
And always open wide.

To drink in the beauty of each day
To run and dance and sing,
Because I live within your grace
You are my everything.

Amen.

 

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