“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:
Meditate as soon as we wake up on Monday morning; think positive thoughts e.g. Today IS going to be a great day!
Enjoy some upbeat music on the way into the office to put us in a good mood.
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.
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).
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.
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!
There are so many of us in the world today who lack something. We don’t have jobs, meaningful relationships, houses or cars, food or clothing, children or grand-children; a lot of human beings do not have love, protection or even the right to life (think of the many refugees who are victims of war and have nowhere to live).
When I took this photo one evening, our lime tree was literally into overdrive. Even though we lacked more hours in a day or a little more cash in hand, we definitely did not lack the ability to make lemonade, season fish/meat or add flavor to a drink (mostly alcoholic, admittedly). ‘Bestest’ of all, we did not lack the opportunity to give to others.
Over the past few weeks we have donated limes and more limes to neighbours, family and friends. Yet the tree bears on even though we can tell the harvest will soon come to an end. We have had a few financial challenges lately and the struggle is real in trying to make ends meet but the greatest lesson for us during this time? In the midst of lack there will always be lemonade and the potential to strengthen relationships – because God is still with us.
Today I am therefore enjoying a grateful state of mind … for limes, lemonade and love; rock on dear lime tree, rock on 🙂
What’s your story? Are you grateful for something today even though you may lack something else? Don’t forget to leave a comment and thanks for visiting!
A WordPress Photo Challenge post – State of mind: “Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it. So this week, share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.”