We Owe Monday An Apology—By Girl Friday

My husband Mike and son Caleb. The early 90's

My husband Mike and son Caleb. The early 90’s

Do you believe in equality?

In most cases the answer is “of course.” Yet, it’s apparent we don’t award equal status to every day of the week. Poor Monday has no glory. (Just saying.) Definitions describe it as the second day of a week coming after Sunday and before Tuesday. That’s about it.

Consider other days and the kudos we grant them.

Tuesday. Noted for election day. Ruby Tuesday is a restaurant chain. Tuesday Morning is a retail store. When was the last time you heard a friend exclaim she was dreading Tuesday? Tuesday holds a likable place in our week hearts.

Wednesday. Mid-week and deemed hump day. A nickname cheering us to make the climb up the hill. Hold on. We will be on the other side soon.

Thursday. The pre-show reminding us Friday is only a day away. Yay! Enough said.

Friday. Well, Friday speaks for itself. “Thank God it’s Friday! The weekend is finally here!” And it’s the crème de la crème of last names. (Thanks to my husband for the cool name. Wink.)

Saturday. Our weekend main squeeze. Saturday’s always had it going on. He rocks.

Sunday. Day of worship and rest. Observed as the Sabbath by most Christians. Sunday = Son-day—O come let us adore Him.

In contrast, Monday’s known as doom-day, the start to the work week, the first day of the school week, and the day confirming the weekend is officially over.

The big kids, Christmas in VA, 2011

The big kids, Christmas in VA, 2011

Reasons to be sorry in our treatment of Monday.

We Bully Monday

Don’t agree? Judge these antics:

  • “Nobody likes Mondays!”
  • “I hate Mondays!”
  • “It was such a bad day, it felt like Monday.”
  • “I wish tomorrow wasn’t Monday.”
  • “I can’t wait for Friday to get here.”

We’re sorry, Monday. 

We Use And Abuse Monday

How? Glad you asked:

  • More people call in to work sick on Monday than any other day.
  • Resignations and quitting something are given serious contemplation on Monday over the other weekdays.
  • People from all walks of life share the sentiment, “Don’t schedule it on Monday. Mondays aren’t good days for me.”

We’re sorry, Monday. 

My brother James' 1st trip to meet me and my sister. He's a guitarist/musician.

My brother James’ 1st trip to meet me and my sister. He’s a guitarist/musician.

We Give Monday A Bad Rap

Not talking rap music here, but tunes do carry a not-so-nice melody for the day.

  • Song lyrics declare how rainy days and Mondays get us down.
  • Overwhelmed with the week’s tasks ahead, we dread Monday like the flu.
  • Perspective and outlook are low and often distorted on Mondays. Like a dark cloud hovering, circumstances seem looming and gloomy.

We’re sorry, Monday. 

But Monday has a bright side. Benefits Monday offers:

Extra. Several Federal holidays are celebrated on Mondays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day which allow many of us to have a three day or long weekend.

Beginnings. The start to a new week. Finishing the undone. Setting goals. Fresh vision. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19, AMP).

Passion. What does life hold for me today? Even on Mondays. A passionate person lives every day with exuberance. What God-opportunities are in store for me? I can’t wait to see how God orchestrates my day.

Me with Ashley and Kathy jumping for joy in Gatlinburg, TN

Me with Ashley and Kathy jumping for joy in Gatlinburg, TN

We make the choice. I-don’t-like-Monday-bad-attitude-blues or I-rejoice-this-day-the-Lord-has-made.

Come Monday, get excited. I dare you. Think, It’s Monday. Yay! Never look at Monday the same again.

Every day is a God-given gift.

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24, NLT).

“Thank you, God for Mondays.”

© 2015 by Karen Friday, All rights reserved

December 10, 2015 at 9:28 am | Uncategorized

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