Richard Weirich

An Image Overhaul for Monday

What’s so bad about Monday?  How many times have you heard this (or said it)?

“Having a good day?”

“Well, you know, it’s Monday?”

MondayPoor Monday gets blamed for just about anything that goes wrong.  Problem at work? Blame it on Monday. Lousy traffic.  Monday is at fault.  And so it goes.

I recall getting yelled at for whistling on Monday morning. My annoyed co-worker told me that he couldn’t stand happy people in the morning, particularly on Monday.

Nobody gets worked up over Tuesday. Wednesday gets a little love when we refer to it as Hump Day. Thursday is now recognized as the day to reminisce about the good old days.  You know, Throwback Thursday. I still find it hard to believe that anybody, other than me, wants to see old pictures of me (a la Facebook) when I was younger and thinner with darker hair.

And then there is Friday or as some people say it, “FRIDAY!  Ready for your weekend?”

Aha! There’s the problem. Monday is getting blamed for the annoying interruption to our weekend break.  The countdown to the weekend begins on Hump Day. WORK is the culprit.

Once upon a time in a faraway land I had a job that I loved.  Come Friday, I observed the people with whom I worked rushing to the parking lot. They were giddy over quittin’ time on Friday and I just couldn’t understand the reason for their euphoria.

Then, life happened, and I ended up with a lousy job.  Soon after, I was right there with them, racing out the door on Friday.

Even Sunday took on a new meaning.  I called it the Day of Dread.  Sometimes it happened in the afternoon but most often on Sunday night when I got this horrible sinking feeling, as I agonized over the return to the employment that made me so miserable.

What’s the remedy? Some are quick to suggest a new job. Well, maybe.  But new and better gigs are hard to come by.

For what it’s worth, here is how I handled it. After all, it’s an attitude thing. I reminded myself that I was blessed to have a job and then I reminded myself of all the good things in my life. For most of us, the good will always outweigh the bad.  Think on those things.

Try this.  Approach Monday as a brand new beginning, like the way you see yourself on the first day of a new year. All the negative experiences and nagging problems of the previous week are behind you.  Consider the exciting possibilities of a fresh new start.

Here’s to your Monday.  It’s going to be an awesome day IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE.

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