Monday Moment: As you see it

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This isn’t the first time that Monday has inspired us to think about perspective, and how what you see AND how you see it really is what you get.  In other words, getting going this morning is only going to be as rough as you make it. Monday is just a day, with a beginning, middle and end, just like yesterday. If you are, for example, a hair stylist or any number of other professions, today is your Sunday, and you’re probably loving it.

Of course, it’s not just Monday, either. Yes, some experiences are easier, better, more pleasant than others. Some days are about fun, some days are more about getting things done. My version of getting things done might be your version of having fun, and vice versa. So if my work can look fun to you, why can’t it also be fun for me?

Look for it. Shift your perspective. There are facts you can’t change about the world, for sure, but as far as how you experience what’s happening, “That’s just how it is” is rarely how it always has to be.

 


Monday Moment: Declined

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I don’t know about you, but my schedule for this week is slightly terrifying. I mean, not really, because I know that things happen one at a time, and if I’m present wherever I am at any given moment, it will all be good. There’s a lot on it, though. A LOT. Mostly things I like, which is a big factor in my belief that it will all get done. Still, though, the situation raises a good question.

How much of what is on your agenda for the week was intentionally put there by you? How much of it just landed there because you didn’t say no? Of course, there are a few things that are non-negotiable, for all of us. But, I’m talking about the other things — the commitments, events, meetings, etc. that wouldn’t be there if you hadn’t let them land there. Or, if you hadn’t NOT not let them land there.

You probably already know the answers, but if saying them out loud makes you cringe, it’s time to re-evaluate your reflexive reaction to requests for your time. Don’t worry, we’ll get more into it on Wednesday.

For now, take a deep breath. Yes, it’s called Monday, but it’s also just a day. Don’t let it get the best of you. Or you know what: actually, do.


Monday Moment: Play on

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This past weekend was a holiday for me, and maybe for you, too. There are a few holidays going on at the moment, actually. This was one of those during which kids take their fun pretty seriously. They’re on a mission to collect ALL the eggs, eat ALL the chocolate bunny ears, and break in those dress shoes in as quickly as possible. All the while, giggles abound. Maybe a tear or two when an egg is swiped from within their little grasp, but mostly, fun is the name of the game.

It’s an interesting dynamic to observe, that balance of ease and effort. In yoga, it’s called “sthira-sukha,” the embodiment of intentional yet gentle presence. It’s a reminder that work can be fun, and effort doesn’t always have to drain the life out of you. Sometimes, it can even create energy, if it’s aligned with your purpose.

The purpose most kids bring to any given moment is to have fun. One of the most common questions they ask is, “Can I go play?”

Yes, always. In fact, you might already be there.