It’s that time of the week again. For countless people around the world, Monday mornings are synonymous with sleepy eyes, crouched eyebrows and childish obstinacy. “I don’t want to go to office,” is what the naive heart cries. Even though ‘going to office’ could be subjective in the current environment, the Monday morning feeling is the same. For some, drudgery of the rat race is felt most on a Monday. It’s not just the morning or the day, but the fact that it’s the beginning of a week long labor that affects our mood.   

I was on a similar mode today when all of a sudden, I realized that I had something in my bag. “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra, a lovely pocketbook which one can’t help but read. Absentmindedly I had slipped it in my bag, and then in the perfect moment, it reached out to me. As my eyes gulped in the words, my heart swelled up and I realized that with a little bit of effort, I could make my Mondays pretty awesome. Here’s how:

Being Grateful : I am grateful that I have a job, I am grateful that my desk, even if now it’s at my home, looks forward to my presence, I am grateful that every Monday, I get a chance to work in a place which values my individuality, which gives me financial independence and which nurtures my creativity. I am grateful that every Monday marks the beginning of purposeful hard work which nurtures my identity.

Smiling more: As a kid, I smiled only when I got photographed. This stayed in school and college, it was only at my workplace that my obligation to smile, changed into a habit. I realized that smiling is not just a courtesy, it is much more. There’s a reason that out of the million species, we humans have this quality.

A Monday morning is a chance to have a sunshine smile over one’s own face and spread it across.

So let’s smile more, and spread it to our peers, seniors, juniors, canteen guys, security personnel or whoever we meet on our Zoom meetings, and I am sure our week will be bright and happy.

Celebrating Oneself: Within a seed lies the promise of a forest. Within each of us lies the dormant seed of limitless possibilities. A Monday morning marks the process of converting the possibilities into realities. So let’s not hold ourselves back and work according to the goals in the goal sheet. We all have faced numerous hardships in life and Monday is a time when we can look back, pat our back at how we have survived, look forward and plan to strive for the best.

Letting Go: Life is not easy, it never will be. Yet at any given moment, we have a choice. From the choice to be happy when we have nothing, to the choice of being miserable when we have everything.

A Monday morning is a gentle reminder to let go of unrealistic expectations that make us miserable. It is the acceptance of who we are and loving each bit of it.

So this Monday, let go of all that burden you have been carrying silently, take a deep breath, spread your wings and soar high in the sky of joy.

Being Present: Each Monday marks as a grim reminder of us moving a week closer to our physical death. In the midst of our travels, work and personal life, we juggle our priorities, set new milestones and build new strategies. Monday after Monday arrives, and we are trapped in a cycle. The only way to break away from it, is to take some time off and enjoy the windy weather, munch one’s favorite dish and smile back at one’s reflection in the mirror while getting ready. A Monday is a wave of freshness that makes this journey worthwhile.

You might think, ‘Why does one have to choose a Monday for all this?’ It could be done any day, but thing is, despite no fault of its own, Monday receives our unprecedented loathing and animosity. So, let’s show it some love by making it a cherished day, a day we look forward to with happiness and hope. 

How are you feeling this Monday?