MONDAY! How appropriate to write it in uppercase letters because it’s a big day of the week, a day that’s dreaded–even hated–by a large percentage of the masses. Why? Because it signals the start of another work week, which for many individuals has come to symbolize paying our dues and putting our nose to the grindstone. We will breath easy, however, after Wednesday–often considered hump day–and then slide our way to Friday, the grandest day of the week by popularity poll. There’s another reason, however, that makes Monday an infamous day of the week.
According to an article published by LiveScience (April 18, 2016), which analyzed data collected from the Center for Disease Control over a fifteen-year period in the United States, deaths due to heart attacks peaked on Monday mornings. Other articles gleaned from the internet confirm this and offer various explanations; the most common relating to an increase in two stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. And why would this be? We can prove nothing, but those of us who believe in the Law of Attraction may surmise that the effects are related to the thought of returning to work.
For individuals who desire to create a more positive and empowering life, let’s contemplate what we may be doing to ourselves: Does it really make sense to blame a day of the week for causing us so much stress? If so, we can logically ask ourselves when Monday actually becomes a bad day? Is it just after the stroke of midnight? Is it midway through the night? Or is it after we have wakened, and if so, before or after we shower? Further: How many Mondays are required to wreak the lethal effects? One hundred? Two hundred? A thousand? These few questions–posed tongue in cheek–are intended to cause us to reflect on our role in the link between what we’re thinking and the effects being created in our body.
In the interest of improving our life–perhaps even saving it–let’s consider a few different labels that we could choose to attach to Monday:
- Glory! I’m alive!
- Another day to live to the fullest!
- A chance to serve! What good may I bring to the world?
- Monday Morning Magic!
- One seventh of the week–and I’m going to enjoy it!
So what’s the truth? This: Monday becomes a bad day only when we think it a bad day. If left alone, free of any negative beliefs, Monday has no inherent badness to it–not even if surrounded by a thousand black cats, or littered with spilled salt shakers and tempting ladders under which to walk. It is we who make it fair or foul; dreaded or delightful. There’s no logical reason why Monday cannot be every bit as good as Friday. What’s wasted by having negative thoughts about Monday? Based on sixty-one years of an average lifespan of eighty-one, including years after retirement (the effects of negative programming remain even when we’re no longer working), a person would have consciously or subconsciously dreaded approximately 3,172 days. Seems a waste, doesn’t it? What can we do to improve the situation? As always: change our thinking. We might be pleasantly surprised at what Monday–a perfectly good day of the week–has to offer.
Dare to dream.
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2017 – R. Arthur Russell
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