March 17, 2013

What Causes a Manic Monday?
{and a Moms Against Manic Mondays Link Up}

Happy Monday, beautiful friends!!!
There are so many beautiful things about Mondays.  Here at From My Mountain View, every Monday, we band together to renounce/reject Manic Mondays.  Right here is a great place to encourage one another and be encouraged!

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    I find that I dread Mondays.  I am not alone.  Many, many people dread Mondays.  We look forward to the weekend all week, then when we have just begun to get nice and snug into the weekend, it's gone ten times faster than it came.

    I begin to dread Monday long before the alarm clock rings at 5:30am.  For me personally, dread and fear starts creeping slowly in around mid-afternoon on Sundays.  It first started when I was in grade-school, then continued in a different way after I became an adult and started working.  Then it changed forms again when I stopped working and became a stay-at-home mom.  This time I was dreading my husband having to go back to work on Monday morning, and my children and I having to "get back into the swing of things" with housework and homeschool.

    How do I react to this dread?  I rebel.  I want as much of Sunday as I can muster.  I stay up too late.  So then, of course, I don't get enough sleep.  Subsequently it is very difficult for me to rise early before our daughters wake.  Then I wake in a bad mood because they wake up a great deal more chipper and lively than I, so it's just too much for my sleepy brain to handle immediately after waking. 
    "Without preparation, I’ve lost the day before it’s begun. I’m toast.
    And so is my family, because throughout the day, I set the pace.
    If mama’s a mess, everything’s a mess (and the babes go nuts)."
      -Sarah Mae
    I do not prepare for Monday because I have already accepted that "Mondays stink."  I mean they do, right?  Every Monday, without fail, never ever holds anything that is not extroidinarily difficult...right?  Of course that's not true!  Then why do we believe it?  Why do we believe that Mondays are hard?  Belief...

    Isn't it interesting that the events I described leading up to Mondays for me are actually what creates the stinky, crappy day?, 

    My dread of Monday = A Manic Monday
    The result is NOT the other way around.  You get what you expect many, many times over.


    I bless you today with eyes to see them and the heart to recognize them - the blessings in disguise.  Eucharisteo!

    Psalm 118:24
    "This is the day which the Lord has brought about;

    I will rejoice and be glad in it!"

    I desire to recognize what is my part of the "manic" in Mondays, and do what I can to change it.

    I desire to live abundantly in the Mondays.

    I desire to thrive in each day, to dance them in along with the sun.
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