The second verse of a Carpenter song came to mind this morning:
What I’ve got they used to call the blues; Nothin’ is really wrong; Feelin’ like I don’t belong; Walkin’ around; Some kind of lonely clown; rainy days and Mondays always get me down.
Many cultures view Monday as the first day of the week, and many calendars begin that way as well. It’s mainly because it is the start of the work week. I like to hold with Christian tradition and view Sunday as the first day of the week.
It helps keep my perspective positive, comparing it to “get to” as opposed to “have to.” Do I have to go to work today, or do I get to go to work today? There’s a big difference. Many of my school teacher friends get to go back to work today. I hope they are facing it with optimism of a wonderful new year, expectant of all the wonderful opportunities they get to build into young lives. If they woke up with the attitude of “Oh, no! I have to go back to work today,” then I pray for a change. Their effectiveness and success depend on it.
Yes, I have had my share of Monday blues. I’m not saying I’m perfect. It is just so easy to lose perspective. Instead of relishing our blessings and looking for the opportunities, we seemingly become burdened by all the things we have to get done.
One of the things that is required on Mondays here in Costa Rica is laundry. How is it different from the US? Well, I left behind a high end, front loading washer and dryer (whoever got that at the estate sale got a really good deal). Instead there is a small “tiny twin” Whirlpool set. It actually works rather well now that our family is a bit smaller.
But the neatest difference is the “clothes line.” It is a small metal frame contraption connected to a pulley system. The design of the laundry room itself aids in the process. The roof is a clear plexi-glass like material that lets in lots of sunlight. You can raise the line up and dry your clothes in indirect light. This is going to be awesome in about four months. It’s not so great right now.
With the rainy season and most days at 100% humidity, the clothes can hang all day and still not be dry–turning sour. For now, the clothesline is best for hanging swimsuits or cleaning rags/towels. I use the clothes dryer, but only early in the morning or late in the evening, as it can get quite toasty!
So, as I get to take care of the seemingly mundane this morning, I’m going to look for the opportunities to make it a great Monday. Yes, there will most likely be rain (It’s Costa Rica), but I’m not going to let it get me down. I’ll sit under the patio, watch the birds and butterflies scurry quickly under branches, and appreciate all that I have been given.
And to all my teacher friends, if someone comes up to you, similar to the way Nina did to Peter in Office Space and says, “Sounds like someone’s got a case of the Mondays,” attempt a mental turnaround and look for opportunities to be a blessing. We “get to” do what we do! Make your Monday a great one–whose choice is it?