If there is one day I could do without it’s Monday, but it never fails that every seven days it comes back around.
For whatever reason, I fight it. Every. Seven. Days.
Everything that goes wrong on this day is because it’s Monday. My laptop is bogged down? “It’s a Monday.” Traffic worse than ever? “It’s a Monday.”
And just this morning I received an email that blamed Monday… “What’s Monday without a glitch?”
There is just never enough downtime, I guess.
I had a great weekend and although today started super duper stressful-ly and my white flag of surrender was nearly flying high, I was determined not to let it takeover my attitude and drag me to the depths of “bleh”.
I didn’t want Monday to erase the fun we had in Colorado Springs yesterday when we visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods and had some rockin’ BBQ at Rudy’s.
I didn’t want to allow myself to succumb to Monday. Once I began to feel overwhelmed and felt my heart begin to race I told myself that I had a choice. I could face the DAY expecting and allowing it to be just plain difficult or I could choose to meet it head on. I began to change realize the negative talk that was on repeat. “Oh my God, I’m never going to get this done.” “How am I going to do this?” and so on and so forth.
There is just never enough time in the day whether it’s a Monday or a Saturday? Never enough time to meet the deadline (and no, I did not procrastinate) and never enough time for fun.
I didn’t have a choice in whether I was going to meet my deadline… it was not an option.
But I could choose to think happy thoughts in the process of meeting my deadline so I took to facebook and wrote a few happy words; Rainbows. Butterflies. Sugarplums. Sunsets. Ocean views.
And do you know what??? I continued to think of words and “things” that I love and make me happy. Like the joy my 10 year old was full of when he was feeding the giraffes at the Zoo. The feeling of triumph when I faced my fear of scary roads on our way up and down to Cave of the Winds because had I refused to go up I never would have been able to experience the beauty that can only be seen at that altitude. Even in the pouring rain.
I also made a decision to appreciate others regardless of whether they were part of the reason I was bumping my deadline. Because in all honesty, there is very little that rivals the pure enjoyment of being able to change the course of someone else’s day, right?
I simply sent an email saying of appreciation to two people. It wasn’t all awkward, because it was simply
And the course of my day was altered. Slightly. Because I’m not going to lie and say that the rest of my day has been rainbows and butterflies because I’ve fallen into the hole and there is no room for happy thoughts, but when I’m ready the choice is mine to be made because…
Attitude is a reflection of choice.