I mowed the yard on Friday. I ran errands and completed a few household projects on Saturday. I took a walk and enjoyed an easy meditation yesterday. Orange has already had his cat nibbles and my coffee is ready for sipping this morning. Yay, it’s Monday and I’m in a good mood.
Yes, I’m one of “those” people who does not buy into the popular rag on Mondays meme. I get it, many folks dread returning to work after a refreshing weekend. However, Mondays to me are a time of energy. This is especially so when my weekend plans have been mostly fulfilled. Monday, and the other six days represent another week of my precious life force.
Monday is also another good day to practice mindfulness. My friend José calls it “Mindful Monday”. He came to mindfulness and gratitude by accident–literally. As a teen, he had been a passenger in a car that was involved in a multiple-fatality freeway pileup in Los Angeles. José recalls that he barely escaped death by fire by only moments. The nightmare accident shook him to his very core. José became a man who never takes a day for granted. To him, every day, even Monday, is a blessing and a gift.
One need not have a close call with the Grim Reaper in order to understand the preciousness of each day. It can come as a benefit of growing older and hopefully wiser. When I pair mindfulness with gratitude, loving Mondays comes naturally. In all fairness, I can be curmudgeonly–but this can happen during any of the seven days of the week. This is something to improve on during my life-betterment journey. I don’t suffer fools gladly–but I’m working on allowing people their faults in hopes that they will allow me my faults.
Meantime, I hope you have a nice coffee or your favorite beverage. Today is a fine time to be awesome and ignore negativity. When we begin the week with an upbeat attitude, it will be much easier to shed dread and delete negativity the remainder of the week. We have the choice to allow Monday to be meh or we can be contrary to such a popular notion. Why waste a perfectly good day?
“Okay, it’s Monday. But who said Mondays have to suck? Be a rebel and have a great day anyway.”–Miss Dominican Republic 2020 and fourth runner-up at Miss Universe 2020, Kimberly Jiménez
This may seem trite and trivial to some, but when we begin something we truly love and brings a sense of fulfillment, it shouldn’t matter what day of the week we do it. Monday is simply the name for a day of the week. There is no hard and fast meaning for the day unless we impose one. When we glance at the calendar page, we note that it is the first day following Sunday. It’s the day when the previous week’s agenda is irrelevant. Monday is the day for rebooting and beginning fresh. We get this opportunity 52 times each year.
While Fridays and weekends offer their own benefits and possibilities, the rest of the week is best not wasted by wishing for the weekdays to pass quickly. Life is short, each day is a gift, I do not want to wish any of it away. I hope that each day will present an opportunity of some sort. Every day, including Monday is more valuable than gold.
We can envision Mondays as special days for the courageous, strong aspects of our nature. Monday is the first day of each week–a week when we choose to show up as the best versions of ourselves.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Groucho Marx. “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: ‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.'”