Does anyone know exactly how or when that #MondayMotivation trend got started? I don’t need to ask why it’s become so big: most people are not fans of Mondays, and I may or may not be one of them — depending on the Monday. This week, I felt like I was walking the line.
When my alarm went off at 4:00 on Monday morning, my eyes popped open and the first word I uttered was, “Shit.”
Or maybe it was “Damn,” or maybe it was worse. Honestly, I can’t even remember. But I remember that Wednesday last week began the same way.
Maybe it works for some people. But for me, I don’t think cursing at the morning is the best way to start my day.
Lately I’ve been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which is all about her experience of dedicating a year to making the effort to being happier in her daily life, and it has me unconsciously thinking about ways to adopt some of her principles. A big one for me is not to expect praise or appreciation — and to do chores and activities for myself, because I want them done. Evidently I have a long way to go, since I went off on my fiancé the other night for not helping me carry in the food, not grabbing Penny so I wouldn’t have to navigate getting in the door and up the stairs around her, not packing as many moving boxes as I have, not putting away the laundry… I could probably go on, and I did, and I regret that now because it only made him feel bad and didn’t make me feel better.
It certainly didn’t follow our routine of play-fighting — made more fun when it concerns Penny and she jumps in the middle to break it up, so we turn our focus to her — and eating dinner together in front of an episode of The Office. Then, he often gets back on the computer, and I go crawl into bed and use my phone to read until I fall asleep.
It’s easier to enjoy our time together when there isn’t any animosity toward each other or those unfinished chores that aren’t all that important anyway — life doesn’t stop and fall to pieces just because the laundry has spent two days in the dryer. Likewise, I still have to get up at 4:00 in the morning and get ready for a full day, and it’s easier to put a positive spin on that entire day if I don’t curse at it the moment I wake up.
Today went well. Today — even though I have 10,000 stressful and time-consuming things to do — is going to be a good day.