Monday Mayhem or Is It?

When the Mamas and the Papas sang “Monday Monday” the Monday mornings were fine, the Monday evenings not so much.

At Dr. Gary Wood did a nice piece in January about our perception of Monday and the Monday Morning Blues and gives us a few ideas about changing it.

It’s not just Mondays that are affected by perception of course, it is very single itsy bitsy thing in our lives including ourselves.  I like to play around with thoughts of what is real and what is reality anyway, but today the thought is about Mondays because I find it just plain fascinating.

All through my career my love of Mondays was sort of an optimistic hangover from Friday afternoons?  See?  I wasn’t too crazy about Friday mornings as those were reality mornings when the reality was…hmm, I may be losing you here.  Let me try to explain from the beginning, if in fact a circle can have a beginning. (Of course it does, because we perceive it to)  Oh!  Unless you perceive it to not have a beginning, which makes me wonder if that is more a negative perception?  But is there really such a thing as a negative perception or just a different one?  Difference does not have to be negative or positive does it?  It just can be.  I think.

Back to my point.  Mondays I started the week with goals for the week ahead.  I loved that feeling of having direction and it gave me some sense of security.  And hope. And optimism.  It was wonderful.  Friday mornings alas, I had to review what I achieved and what I did not and at times felt somewhat down (never severe enough to be called disheartened).  But oh joy when Friday afternoon I took my favorite hour of the day to set goals for the next week, building on my achievements of the previous week.  It was a great time to review and plan and felt darn good.  So when everyone else left on a Friday afternoon with a big smile on their faces because it was the weekend, I too left happy to enjoy a couple of days before I could start my well planned week!

I have missed that since retiring but I have an immense satisfaction that when Monday morning rolls around I am there to teach my grandson to look forward to his day and his week.  I ask him, “Gee, I wonder what new things you will learn this week?”  And as I watch him cross the school yard weaving a wobbly adventurous path as only eight year olds can do, I notice the spring in his step and my heart does its own little song and dance of joy.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cassiebehle
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 17:46:15

    I totally agree with you as to why you love Mondays. I love crossing off all the new goals for the week as it progresses. Then, by the time Friday comes, I can truly appreciate the downtime and relaxation!


  2. Chatter Master
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 05:11:10

    Living and enforcing positivity Chris, beautiful! Happy Monday! :)


  3. souldipper
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 22:12:39

    I don’t mind Mondays at all. I especially enjoy visualizing that little guy heading for the new adventure Grandma helped him realize was in front of him.


  4. Darlene
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 19:50:14

    I am also one of those rare individuals who loves Mondays. It is a new slate, A time to start again. My coworkers think I am crazy. But I look forward to Mondays. Love that you are showing your grandson the positive side to Monday.


  5. Crowing Crone Joss
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 19:19:17

    This is a great thing to be teaching your grandson and he’s going to remember you asking him that all his life.


  6. barb19
    Apr 15, 2012 @ 18:21:51

    You have a very positive way of looking at Mondays Chris – I like that; turning a negative into a positive!


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