HW: #MondayMotivation; You are a fighter. Overcome challenges only make you stronger.

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?

Stay golden,

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  1. Monday is onerous because it’s not Sunday or Saturday. It means you are now working and living for someone besides yourself. Someone else determines what time you need to be there. Someone else determines what is on your desk or at your station. Someone else decides if your efforts are worthy, and decides what your time and effort are worth. For those 20,36,40, or 60 hours that week, the prime of your time and energy is devoted to someone else’s profit margin. You are an expense. You are something that offsets the income of the company. The company will continue to seek ways to get more profit by increasing efficiency, getting more work from its employees for the same expense. The optimal situation would be profit without the expense of employees. Most companies feel that employees are just a necessary evil.

    Mondays are just a reminder that your life is not your own. Who would be anxious to be reminded of that?!

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  2. I love the part you wrote, “Mondays are not meant to annoy us. They are meant to challenge us.”

    Nothing can be so far from the truth.

    All that is required to see Monday is a change of Perspective.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I hate Saturdays as much as most people hate Mondays. Do I hate Mondays? Nah, not so much. I usually don’t hate “firsts”: first day of the month, first day of the year… first working day of the week. I see Mondays as an opportunity to make up for the goals I didn’t achieve the previous week; I think it’s also a fresh new start, a new beginning.

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    1. I think I remember you mentioning that Saturdays are very busy for you and that’s why you’re not a big fan. Is that accurate?

      It’s good to have that attitude. I’m trying to re-program myself to feel that way, too. Monday really doesn’t deserve its bad rep.

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      1. That is correct! Saturday is the busiest day of the week for me. I loathe the day. Sometimes, I wish I could just murder it or maybe snap my fingers like Thanos and make it cease to exist. Then again, that’s just wishful thinking. 😔

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  4. Great post for pity Monday I’ve experienced. I actually took it personally. I let Monday defeat myself just because I didn’t see it as a challenge. Someone rigthly said: “If it gets hard, it means you succeed”. Successful Monday doesn’t always mean celebrating a triumph at the end of the day. It may mean to feel exhausted but happy that it was a productive day. I think I let small things defeat me today. But next Monday, I’ll approach it differently!

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    1. We often approach things as all or nothing. We see the lack of success as failure, but a lack of failure is still a failure, because it wasn’t success. How is that fair? We need to give ourselves some credit. Rome was not built in a year.

      Small things can definitely be aggravating. However, they are not the end of the world.

      I hope that you keep all this in mind when next Monday rolls around. No excuses!

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      1. I haven’t read a more clever statement for a long time. How hard it is to acknowledge small successes in our life? We always look far, we always desire what’s on the other side, we always want to reach higher. It’s unfair life is giving us plenty of opportunities to build something beautiful, but we waste it waiting for something bigger.

        Tomorrow, I’m going to keep it in mind!

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