Happy Monday

Since retirement, I still sometimes have an American style Monday. Of course I always have calendar Mondays; but now most of them are pleasant.

This early morning has been inauspicious. It looks like it will be an American style Monday. First, I woke up too early and too alert to go back to sleep. Second, the coffee maker was on the blink, so I had to use instant crystals. Third, the obsolete laptop computer took longer than usual to boot up. Then once it was booted up, it ran slow, so it required a reboot so it could run normally.

Thankfully, I don’t need to commute to work anymore so there are no more encounters with workers feeling resentful about having to go back to their Monday through Friday job routines. It’s been awhile since I’ve had an American style Monday on a Monday.

There are drawbacks to not having American style Mondays anymore. I must be careful not to be too chirpy while running errands to avoid the ire of working people struggling through their traditional Monday moods. There’s also a feeling of a lack of solidarity with the rest of America due to America feeling foul and me feeling wonderful.

I realize that Americans are not the only people who experience American style Mondays. My overseas friends complain about Monday’s too. Is it just my parochial American point of view that causes me to think that Americans invented the conditions for American style Mondays?

A friend in Russia says my attitude springs from American exceptionalism. He says Russian style Mondays predate American style Mondays because of their history of not being like America. His sense of ironic Russian humor is one of Sergei’s most endearing traits. Sergei says that he goes to work every Monday having to apologize for something. However every day at work is like taking care of his cat who doesn’t know any difference between weekdays and weekends. He says every day is Monday in Novgorod.

Tuesday used to be my day away from work–sort of a weekend that fell during the week. This meant that my Mondays seemed like everyone else’s Fridays. This is probably why I don’t dread Mondays so much. This is probably why I feel indifferent about Wednesdays.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about Mondays is that so many of us just get up on Monday and go through the same routines as if we’re on automatic. There’s no meaning to life in that.

The remedy to automatic is to do something special for yourself or someone else. Monday is a fact of life. That’s just the way it is. Why not enjoy it?

Ciao
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Brazilian industrialist Ricardo Semler. “A high percentage of organizations develop a military rationale, whereby only a very small number of people make all of the decisions. There is little wonder, then, that people aren’t keen to get out of bed and come to work on a Monday morning.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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