I hope that you’ve had a great week.
Most of us have such busy lives that it is really hard to really think between Monday and Friday… Let’s be honest we have all seen or had the “Oh NOOOO it’s Monday” statuses on social media and conversations at work.
Mid-week people get over the ‘hump-day’ A.K.A Wednesday then perk up and look forward to the weekend. Finally we get to Friday and most of the world celebrate by saying “Thank God It’s Friday."
I’ve worked Monday to Friday jobs and also worked in a lot of 7 day business. I’ve never felt comfortable with the idea of living for the two days at the end a week.
I remember back home in Zimbabwe we used to have Sunday night blockbuster movies on TV. It was the most awesome routine because I knew I would really enjoy the final couple of hours of the weekend before the dreaded school week on Monday morning. (We didn’t have Netflix back then - or DVD’s).
If you look at statistics on the most active times on Facebook (I’ve chosen Facebook because it is more social than Twitter and more interactive the Instagram) the most popular times are midweek and in the afternoons. Why? Because the majority of people are seeking escape from their routines or their work. They need a pick me up.
I don’t profess to know offer the answer to everyone’s work/life balance in single blog post; what I can say is that we are all often very eager to get to a certain point in the week. We all count down the days until our next holiday and we often forget to actually enjoy life in the moment. You’ll have good moments in a day and you’ll have bad moments in a day, but your mindset determines how you enjoy your time on this earth.
If you’re stuck in traffic why not put on a good song and enjoy the music rather than rushing your mind to your destination.
We all get stuck in traffic, have deadlines and commitments that we can't always avoid, but we must be mindful that we don’t sit there are wish out lives away.
This is part of the reason that I find exercise so important for a healthy life, if you are committed to the task at hand then you are truly in the moment.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from a book that I am reading at the moment; I’ve shared this with a couple of people this week and it resonated with them.
“Washing the dishes to wash the dishes: Washing the dishes is hardly a pleasant task… Anyone can wash them in a hurry, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea afterwards... While washing the dishes one should only be washing the dishes, which means that while they are washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes. At first glance, that might seem a little silly: why put so much stress on a simple thing? But that is precisely the point. The fact that I am standing there washing these bowls is a wondrous reality. I’m being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There’s no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there by the waves."
On that note I trust that you will take some time for yourself going forward; focus on the enjoyment of everything you do and you might find the world will become a bit brighter for you.
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.