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.

Celebrating Celebrations

Proverbs 15:15

All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]

The Fabrication Of Created Memories

Walks, rides, swims, drives, stargazing-reminiscing on what once was while hoping that what is, does not become so. Sure enough one may not always get the chance to capture the moment or remember to do so should the opportunity arise. What then is the point of rituals (repetitive practice of a certain activity), customs and traditions? Why do we take note of them? I am not belittling or downplaying phenomenal events like Easter, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, however, I am pointing out how interesting it is we equate small annual celebrations of our own to ones as big as these. Recently I was awarded and reminded that this is my third year blogging on WordPress. Admittedly, just as others in my position have stated, I have not always been faithful enough to receive such recognition. A very crucial reason why I accept it with immense gratitude, though, is because of the time and effort taken to conceive, compile, compose, compress and create each post which, to me, is masterpiece after masterpiece.

Collecting The Memories Thoughtfully
Continuing with my thought about the purpose of celebrating, for example, one month relationship anniversaries, the same with sustenance and maintenance of jobs, among other things, I wanted to see if there was any point in taking so much time and paying so much attention to the memories that are desired to be made, when first they have not been planned for. Of course selfies every now then help but what about the bigger picture? What about the story? They say a picture paints a thousands words, so what is it that drives us to take great note of specific days in the year and regarding them with such high value? Could it be that we create some of them ourselves? I have heard of “Make Your Bed Day,” and “Stupid Questions Day.” Of course there are some celebrations or dedications that bear enormous importance. We cannot discount the month we are currently in, being “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Aside from the obvious ones like “Thanksgiving” and “Valentines Day,” I want to focus your attention on selective memories.

How Do You Know What Is Right?
Now from a professional photographer’s perspective, perceiving the precise point required for the photo to be as perfect as possible is insurmountable. With that said, taking as many photos as possible from as many different angles is the key idea. Now for some of the normal folk who have not gone through training will simply take as many photos as they can, more so as a desperate attempt to seize the hour and ensure that not one second of the experience is lost. Only problem? When hundreds or maybe thousands of photos have been taken, how do you decided which ones are important? Can you make that decision right at the spur of the moment? Imagine how amazing your photos will look when you know exactly what to take, when and how.

Same thing in this case. For me, because every post is a masterpiece, or at the very least, one that is a piece carefully positioned for the outcome to be more than special, I celebrate each and every one. As I said before, the time taken to craft them is what makes the reward of publishing them so thrilling. Those are my small celebrations. Each day then becomes, “Blog Post Day, ” or if I did it weekly, “Blog Post Week.” Very small but very significant. Ask yourself what moves, motivates and compels you to catch the memories you want to create. Ask yourself what about them are the most important and how you are going to tell a story. What part of your or someone else’s life does it represent? I believe dedications and celebrations bear more meaning when some sort of aim is in place. Even spontaneous ones become that much more awe-inspiring.