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 Psycentral.wordpress.com 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!

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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