Jeremy Statton

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Learning to Love Mondays

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For most of us, today feels better than the past four.

We say “thank goodness it’s Friday” because it is true. We want want and need the weekend.

  • Two days off
  • Eating out
  • Sleeping in
  • Hanging with friends
  • Doing what you want
  • Doing nothing
  • Freedom

 

photo by Aaron Brown (Creative Commons)

The problem with this sense of freedom is that Monday always comes. I have yet to encounter a weekend that did not eventually end.

Monday comes. Freedom ends. And we wait through 5 days of work, longing for it’s return.

We find ourselves slaves. Perhaps slaves to a system, an economy of paying bills and factory work. Mortgages and lifestyles maintained by debt. Slaves to the man.

If we are honest, though, we are really slaves to our boring stories of Monday through Friday.

There are others in this world who look forward to Monday. To them it is a chance to get started. Again.

You imagine that you could feel the same, if you were doing a work you loved.

Perhaps the problem isn’t with your work. Perhaps it is with your perspective.

What if we viewed our work differently? What if we saw every day as an opportunity to make a difference. To learn something new. To become better at our work.

I realize that some work is easier to love than others.

But being grateful is a discipline. Something we choose to do or not.

When we choose gratitude, our perspective can change. We find something to love about what we do.

When we choose to love it, we can learn from it. When we learn from it, we get better at it.

The opportunity to do a job we love is not something that is handed to us. It is something we earn.

When Friday comes, we might say TGIF not because we hate the other 4 days, but because we worked so hard this past week, we need some rest.

We have to get ready for the next Monday.

Are you a slave to the weekend or a love of your work? Share in the comments.

About Jeremy Statton

Jeremy is a writer and an orthopedic surgeon. When not ridding the world of pain, he helps you live a better story. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google +.

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13 Replies

  1. Well, now I love my work, because I consider myself a writer that has a day job to pay the bills. If you don’t find what you are passionate about, it is REALLY, really easy to want to fast-forward your life away, going weekend to weekend.  I couldn’t agree more, gratitude can cause a complete perspective change.

  2. That’s a great way to describe it. Fast forwarding your life away. When you say it that it way, it sounds even worse.

  3. Thanks for your kind words. I am glad to hear of your story. Keep up the good work of spreading the story of God’s grace. Grace truly sets us free. We are free to work and to serve and to live without condemnation. We are free to love and to receive God’s love.

  4. Indeed, it’s frightening isn’t it! 

  5. Prashant Bhatt

    Hi Jeremy,
    I found many interesting points in your blog. Living in Arab world, many expatriate workers live away from their families and learn not only to “Love Mondays” but to love the eleven odd months they spend away from their families to support and nurture them from a distance. I am sure many will find the points written very useful
    Regards and thanks for sharing

    Prashant Bhatt

    prashantbhatt.com 
    http://www.chowk.com/writers/2323

  6. Perspective is valuable. The opportunity to provide for your family is indeed a wonderful thing. Thanks for sharing your take on “mondays” Prashant.

  7. Jeremy,
    This is such a good reminder for me. Even working in ministry, my “job” can feel like an obligation many times. I work long days and often long nights that are filled with committee meetings. After all that, I can come to work the next day and hear complaints about the way I dressed or a senior high student who was doing something they shouldn’t have been. It is easy for me to get discouraged and look forward to my days off where I can relax and do what I want to do. However, as you described, the weekend always ends… and for me it ends on Sunday morning. This often means that I don’t have the best mindset as I’m leading others in worship. Taking this idea of gratitude seriously can have a profound impact in my day to day work. Thanks for this helpful reminder to consider each day an opportunity. I pray that we don’t squander those opportunities.

  8. Ministry can certainly be difficult work. The funny thing is you remember those complains more than you remember the positive things people say. The complaints occupy our attention. I need these reminders about gratitude as much as anyone. THanks for stopping by and sharing your story.

  9. I’ve been implementing what you suggest here for the last two weeks now. It’s had a huge impact on me. I wrote a post about it at http://www.austindhill.com today. Thanks again for your comments in this post. They’ve really been a big help.

  10. Angel O'Hanlon Tinnirello

    This thought was taught in an AP English course at White Plains HS in NY, by great teacher Dennis Polanco. He was quoted in the speech given by Class of ’14 Valedictorian, Louisa Abbott at graduation last Thursday. It was perfect!

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