First of all, I would like to take a moment and acknowledge all the people who have died in combat, fighting for our freedom and rights. Today is Memorial Day, here in the US, and we remember the fallen solders. Let the memories of them give us strength and empower us not only today, but every day. They have given their all. I bet you can give a little bit more today than you did yesterday!
If you would like to read my last year’s #MondayMotivation post inspired by Memorial Day, please click –> HERE <–.
Last week, Sunday, I laid in bed thinking about the week ahead of me. I was not looking forward to it. I was expecting some annoying news at work on top of already feeling overwhelmed. Not only was it supposed to be Monday the next day, but it was predicted to be even more aggravating than usual. However, the thought of the long weekend (3 days) up head kept me going. I knew Monday – Friday was going to be rough, but I knew I could managed it and then have a couple of days to enjoy myself (I have already planned not to do any house – related work, either). So off to dreamland I went.
Waking up, I was in a more positive mood. I could not wait for the weekend filled with fun and relaxation.
And then my car would not start.
It is Monday.
I am already agitated.
And then out of nowhere, my car refuses to do its job.
Lately, it feels like I am the only one that actually tries to be productive and get the job done. Now even my beloved car has betrayed me?
In the end, I had to get a new battery, because jumping it only got me so far. I am unsure if the battery was really the problem, or just a result of a bigger issue, but I chose to take it … [Say it with me:] “One day at a time”.
Later that day, my partner said: “Monday tried to stop you, but it failed”, and I thought it was genius. I straightened my back and stood taller, even if only for a second. I felt victorious. As if Monday was an enemy combatant and I just sent its behind straight to hell.
But then I sat down and thought more about my defeated opponent. I pity Monday. Other than not being a part of the weekend, and being the first day of work for most of us, it has not done anything to deserve this disdain it gets from us. From me.
You know how you hated the teachers that were overly demanding and graded you harshly? I never really did. There was one or two of them along the years that I did not like, but most of them I was grateful for. Unlike most people, I did not despise those who pushed me and challenged me. I had respect for them. They were true educators, wanting the best for us, not just trying to pass the time.
So why am I taking Mondays so personally? What the quote from my partner made me realize is that Mondays are not meant to annoy us. They are meant to challenge us. To push us to our limits and then a tad bit further. They remind us not to get too comfortable where we are and to always strive for more.
You are a warrior. Will you jump through the obstacle that is Monday?
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