“Yes!” he exclaimed, adding emphasis by thrusting his fist into the air. “Tuesday! It’s almost the weekend!”
“What do you mean it’s almost the weekend? It’s only Tuesday! It’s not even the middle of the week!”
Without reply my son was off, finding something else to get excited about!
The next day on the radio the announcer said, “Wednesday! It’s hump day. Only two more days until the weekend.”
On Friday, at five o’clock, the radio work whistle blew announcing with gusto, “It’s the weekend!”
Our society has become conditioned to believe not only do we live our lives for the weekend but all else in between is pure drudgery! A friend once said, “Don’t ever wish your time away. Once it’s gone it cannot be reclaimed.” He was right. Each day spent in unhappiness is one less day of joy and delight.
There was a song by Trace Adkins some years ago called, “And Then They Do.” It talked about how we, as parents, often become impatient with our children growing up, “and then they do.” We are left with the memories of their dreams, what they did and said. We aren’t really in a hurry for them to be on their own, but we are tired. Rather than embracing the moment, realizing that all too soon they will be gone, we think we’ll be grateful when we won’t have so many responsibilities and burdens. This attitude holds true for the person on the job each day, as well.
When we live only for the weekend, however, we miss out on all the rest of the days of the week. On Monday rather than being unhappy about going back to work, why not carry our “joy” from the weekend over to someone at work who didn’t have a wonderful weekend. Imagine the impact we could have on someone else if we said or did something nice to those who are unhappy. It needn’t be grand. Offer a kind word, needed assistance, or just “listen” to them.
On Tuesday instead of being like my son who says, “Yes! It’s almost the weekend,” make this the perfect day to call someone you haven’t chatted with in a while. Often in this experience, both persons feel the reward of being thought of, cared for, or a strengthening of friendship.
By the time Wednesday rolls around, instead of being glad it’s the middle of the work week, find a way to do something kind to the person you like the least. The person receiving the kind gesture need not know you were the giver. It would still raise your spirits and give you a feeling of satisfaction of not letting someone else bring you down.
Since Thursday is nearing the end of the work week, perhaps it would be a good day to do something nice for your self. Take the walk over lunch you had planned earlier in the week and hadn’t the time for, buy yourself a special cup of coffee or enjoy whatever the simple pleasure in life is for you. When you are happy, usually those around you are, as well.
On Friday, the end of the work week, smile at everyone. It’s a contagious disease. When a person smiles, he says “hello” with his heart, not just his voice. It is one of the kindest and easiest things one human being can do for another. Smiling shows joy, contentment and love of life.
Does this mean everything is always “right” with you and the world? No, certainly not. But it does show others how you intend to deal with whatever “curve” life deals you. You’re positive actions and reactions to events, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis not only creates good will, but generates more positive attitudes. This can become the catalyst to a more pleasant work environment and a happier you!
Each day of the week gives opportunities for doing good. The weekends are extensions of your week. On the weekend when you aren’t encumbered with the responsibilities of a job and have time to do things you enjoy most in life, we are given even greater opportunities to share joy, contentment and love of life to everyone around us. What a gift .....to ourselves and others.