Manic Monday

Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great isYour faithfulness.

Freshening Things Up
I will be honest with you, right off the bat I will come out and say it, I am certain I may never understand why most people do not like Monday. It is such a beautiful day of the week. Here are a few reasons why I like Monday:

1) It is the first day of a work week. That is why I prefer the notion of Thank God It’s Monday over any other day.
2) It comes after the weekend, so the adventure of an enjoyable weekend crosses over into work.
3) You have something to look forward to as the weekend progresses, leaving you excited throughout the week and weekend!
4) You wait fewer days for Monday than you do Friday
5) It introduces a new week and thus a fresh start to everything.
6) With a positive mindset, you are never feeling blue.
7) There are quite a number of customs that can be created:
a) Makeover Monday
b) Motivation Monday
c) Magic Moment Monday
d) Music Making Monday
e) Movie Review Monday
Alright I admit, I made up some of those, but they can be great ideas to help maintain certain routines. I am more than well aware that the pessimists out there are thinking along the lines of Moody Monday, but if you had a bad day you can still choose how you want your week to go. The events may disappoint you if they do not seem exciting, however, you can decide to tackle them with a positive attitude and see what the outcome turns out ti be like.

The Bangles’ View
I have recently started this tradition of listening to the song Manic Monday by The Bangles just to serve as a fresh reminder of a brand new week. The funny thing is that it more-or-less focuses on the negative aspects of Monday, not completely, but to some degree. The one line I have a particular fascination for is (referring to Sunday) My I don’t have to run day. As many of you who have been following along with my posts know, I really enjoy running and while Friday and Saturday are also days I rest and recover, I ensure that the entire weekend is reserved for fun activities. I love how they make it sound as though the entertainment is ruined by the presence of the day. Suddenly they are not sure what to think or do now that they know it is Monday. Regardless of this, despite their dislike for the day, they manage to maintain some kind of affirmative outlook, something we should all aspire to achieve.

The Cross-Over
The thing I find interesting is how people have their minds all over the place as soon as they hear or realize it is Monday. No doubt some would argue that the weekend is too short, while others are of the belief and in favour of the opposite. I think that due to the fact that the weekend is short-whether they know it or not-most people overdo it. It could be the big adventure of heading into the vast landscapes, camping, hiking and enjoying the nature; the intense and fast-paced city life with bright lights and party vibes all over the place, or time at home filled with the mental strain that comes from figuring out a way to make the weekend bearable. All these have their advantages when considering how the week went. It is not advisable for a workaholic to party hard over the weekend but rather gain as much rest as possible to establish balance in the life they lead. In the same way those doing little work or effortlessly complete their projects should consider some measure of amplified amusement, especially if they are introverts, at least that is my take on it.

One thing is for sure, no one supports the idea of work kicking off after the weekend, but what if everyone chose to make the most of their Monday? How amazing would it be if they ended the weekend fully mentally prepared for Monday? I especially want to challenge those who bury themselves deep into the world they create with their words: The Monday Blues. Your attitude at the beginning of a task determines its outcome more than anything else, and if this is true for general tasks, what about the effect it has on days of the week? I believe that is something noteworthy to think about. It may be just ,me but I am confident that in spite of everything the day may bring forth, the result depends and hinges on what we speak into the day as soon as we get up. I encourage you, experiment with it. Declare everyday an excellent day, even if the activities and events are dull and boring, test the limits of your creativity. In the end, you decide how you feel about how your day goes, might as well make it awesome.

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15 Things I Learned About Every Year

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There are times in life when you have to understand that as the second-hand takes its turn, and seconds move on the digital watches/clocks, all kinds of feelings, experiences, people and consequences from choices made will happen. These are to be anticipated when the choice or decision made is taken into consideration. I remember seeing a movie and the daughter of the main character kept asking about why we wake up, go about our day, go back to sleep, and get up only to do it all over again. I believe there are a few things she missed in understanding the value of living:

1) The mystery of a new day. No one knows what tomorrow will bring which is why it is always important to focus on the actions made today that can and will affect tomorrow, especially the people we surround ourselves most often with.

2). Letting go of the negative. There are certain things we hold onto that we know are bad for us. These come to us very often with different encounters we have with people everyday. Letting go of it is where freedom starts, then thinking the opposite of every negative thought comes next.

3) Literally living the new day. As opposed to merely existing in it. What is different about today? What can you feel, sense, experience that is both beautiful and inexplicable at the same time? Each day’s result is determined by each individual, regardless of circumstances. Have you ever seen the other side of the coin?

4) Chance encounters. There are loads of things that we humans love and enjoy that money cannot buy. There is nothing better than seeing someone for the first time and enjoying their company as though you have known each other your whole lives. How about getting a “yes” where you expected a “no”?

5) Being the real-life hero/heroine. Imagine missing out on the feeling of being something so valuable to someone because of helping them through what seemed small to you, but was significant to them because you brushed off each day as typical and unnecessarily repetitive? They also do not have to be a stranger.

6) Switching your tendency round. The other thing you could do is mix it up too. If you are a night-owl, try being an early bird for at least a week and vice-versa. If you’re feeling very brave and looking for adventure, give being a night-bird a shot! You could also do a day in and day out strategy. It will look more like this:
Day One-Early Bird
Day Two- Night Owl
Day Three- Night Owl
Day Four- Early Bird

7) Doing what you hate. Why? There is a reason why you hate it, right? If you’re going to understand Big Picture Thinking, then the impact (on the people who matter) will matter more to you. Besides, if your day is going to have a bit of spice added to it, there is definitely no better way.

8) Doing what you are afraid of. I often quote Joyce Meyer who says, “If you’re afraid, do it afraid.” Is it public speaking? Playing an instrument or singing/dancing in front of family, friends, public? Showing someone a deep and heartfelt poem? This is not your small phobia or simple fear of animals. I am talking life-changing activities.

9) Doing something you would not normally do. Go ahead. Start writing, composing, running, working out, painting, drawing, crafting, whatever kind of embroidery, drinking water more often. Do something, especially if you tend to be too lazy to do it. That’s right. Make your bed immediately after getting up. Do a wholesome cleaning of the house at least once a week. Trust me, it has its rewards! It did not start out easy for me too.
10) Understanding that old habits cannot fit into new goals. That is the simple reality of it. If you are going to set goals for anything no matter how small, you may have to prepare yourself to (constantly) change your strategy. Depending on the goal, it might also require a change in habit.
11) Remember to keep some record of the biggest and most special part of your day. Whether that is a photo, in writing, a drawing, an audio note, a small video or anything, do something to keep it special. Certificates and awards are not the only things that should be on our walls. This does not have to be everyday, but if you can do that, great!
12) Decide how big 365 is. For the serious busy-bodies that will feel like a day. For the opposite kind of people, that may feel like a century. It is split into 12 months, 52 weeks, 7 days and 24 hours. Think of it as the start line in the race for the major success in the year you need to reach. How much effort are you willing to put into achieving the huge goal? This goal is essentially broken up into smaller ones you accomplish each day so that by some point in the year, you are done.  
13) Thinking of others first as often as possible. This is not necessarily being selfless but keeping a humble mind and heart by making sure that the, “what’s in it for me,” mentality is reduced. It is about empathy. Seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.
14) Learning a new skill. Great way to make the most of the day. Have someone teach you something you know absolutely nothing about from a practical perspective. If you are not handy but know someone who is, pay them a visit very often and practice your heart out as much as you can.
15) Speaking positive in every negative situation. If you are in a fight, go away for a short while, take time to think about all the nice things about the person. List as many as possible then relay them to that person in a thankful manner.
In the end all that matters is your view of life and how you decide you will live it. Make sure each year is approached with a goal to change a certain part of your character. These are the things I noticed can be done year after year after year.

12 Key Factors About Desire

Psalm 105:4

Seek, inquire of and for the Lord, and crave Him and His strength (His might and inflexibility to temptation); seek and require His face and His presence [continually] evermore

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire- Aristotle

All that spirits desire, spirits attain– Khali Gibran

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything– Napoleon Hill.

1) It has different parallels that mean different things but all have one thing in common: the fulfillment of a need.

a) A yearning, longing and craving- will be a deep need that one (overall) element can satisfy.

b) A want, wish for, fancy, aspire to- is more light-hearted and caters more to temporary achievement.

c) A need for love- this comes in two ways:

i) On a shallow level- have a crush on, be attracted to, be infatuated by.
ii) On a deep level- lust, intense passion, sensuality, sexual attraction.

2) There is nothing wrong with it. In and of itself, it is neither pure nor evil. Like a weapon, its fate lies upon its wielder.

3) It determines the next course of action. How well it will be done. How quick it will be done. How soon it will be done. Most importantly, if it will even be done!

4) Can one say that the path we choose in life is centered around it? Something to think about, especially when the previous point is taken into consideration.

5) It definitely shapes who we are. Our worldview. Our outlook on life. Our personalities.

6) The lack of it also has an impact on usThis is true especially when it comes to comparisons, either self-inflicted or brought about by others.

7) Oddly enough it got you this far in this post. It might actually take you all the wayCould it go hand-in-hand with curiosity?

8) It comes either before or after the why question. Which, in essence, determines the level of success gained in any task, no matter the size. Consider competitive people. How involved is it in the life of a perfectionist? A workaholic?

9) It helps you realize what matters to you. Another thing to think about.

10) Our talents heavily rely on it. Whether we know them or not. If we don’t know them, seriously ponder point number 3.

11) It can help us recognize the small things in life.  We don’t really need to try so hard to see that.

12) Rewards are the result of its careful, beautiful and immaculate execution. Well it does play a huge part when it comes to the existence of the reward in the first place! How do two or more people do the same thing and yet one greatly supersedes the others?

Related posts:
7 attributes of a passionate person
The sixth perspective- Vivekenada
Of butterflies and dragons– Abraham L. Rossi Jr.

Pray Over Every Decision

Something happens when you pray that would not have happened had you not prayed. Every decision you make is a turning point in your life. Making the right decision determines whether you succeed or fail. Prayer is the proof you respect God. It is a sign that you recognize His power to change your circumstances. It attracts God. Do it.

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” Gordon B. Hinkckely

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” 
― Meister Eckhart

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” 
― Corrie Ten Boom

James 5:16b

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

 

10 Ways To Make Everyday A Good Day

1) Schedule at least 30mins for prayer, Bible reading or worship. That is important because strengthening your spiritual muscles actually makes an impact on howyou handle day turns out!

2) Be an encouragement to anyoneYour immediate and extended family. Your friends. Your boss. Your coworkers. Visitors. A stranger. Children. Try make someone’s day. A genuine compliment, a helping hand, whatever you can, any way you can.

3) Do some form of exercise. Whether that’s walking, jogging, running, cycling, swimming, power-walking, pull ups, sit-ups, push ups or anything at the gym. It can be 15mins-45mins. Be sure to do one of these at some point in the day.

4) Write down your small achievementsEven if you’re a people person and big time extrovert and believe that writing is more for task-oriented people. How do you get the groceries when power-shopping? Write the small but very significant things. Those will be the things that make you feel good like getting dishes done, making meetings on time, having your room cleaned etc. Write them on a notepad or your cell phone or tablet. as long as it’s something you can carry with you.

5) Plan at least one thing to do in case you get bored. Let it be something that will actually trigger something in you. A deep poem. A good joke with friends. Someone’s blog. Brainstorm business ideas.

6) Practice your craft for at least an hourDon’t know what you’re good at? Read the post I wrote called 10 ways on how to discover your talent part 1.

7) Decide to make the most of the day. That’s where every good day ultimately starts! A firm decision in the beginning affects the choices made in the end. Have a positive outlook on the day itself. Think the opposite of every negative thought that comes to mind.

8) Expect the unexpected. Mostly because you owe it to yourself to actually have a good day! You are responsible for how your day turns out. Be the best you can be in everything you do. Set goals and review them regularly, especially during the really tough times like losing a loved one, meetings gone bad, misunderstanding with a spouse or partner etc. It helps keep your mind focused on being as productive as you can with the time you have.

9) Hang out with someone. Or a group of people. Plan who you will spend time with each day. It can even be a 15min meeting with a special friend, best friend, close friend or anyone else if you usually have busy days. Or simply express your gratitude to those you work with and for if most of your time is spent at work.

10) Make home a fun placeAfter all that’s what it’s supposed to be! Great place to relax and cool off after work. Even better to be on your day off. If most of your days are spent at home, then get some friends to come over. Plan anything from tea party to video game competitions, book club etc. If you’re by yourself most of the time then follow steps 3-6. Put together a playlist and enjoy it.

Recognize The Law Of Eventuality

Your Daily Habits Are Carving Out An Irresistible Future For You. Are you heading toward what you really want?

Champions Make Decisions That Create The Future They Desire

When You Get To Where You Are Going...Where Will You Be? When You Get What You Want…What Will You Have?

“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” – Maimonides

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”  Jim Collins

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”– Unknown author

Galatians 6:7

Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.