Most of us begin our Monday mornings taking inventory of the tasks, action items and to-do’s for the upcoming week. There’s a reason why it’s termed as a ‘Manic Monday‘ – we try to catch up to all the things we have to accomplish in the week even before it has begun.
But lately I have resolved to using Mondays as a day of endless possibilities, a day to inspire myself to mindfully make a positive impact. I’ve practiced these “Mindful Mondays” over the past few months now and it’s been absolutely delightful to start off my week with such positivity. I complain less about the world, I’m more optimistic, I’m happier, I smile more, I am less stuck up, I’ve learned to simplify my life, I’m more courteous, and I feel good about myself and the quality of my mind.
My intent is not to brag. My intent is to help you consider a new Monday morning routine – a ‘Mindful Monday’ routine. Granted, we all have unique circumstances and these ‘Mindful Monday’ routines will not magically change everything we have wanted to change about us, our lives, our jobs, or the world around us. But you can start with a small change – as simple as exchanging a kind-hearted smile with a random passer-by on the street – and you will be delighted to see how the response affects the quality of your mind. No one’s perfect but we need to motivate ourselves to become better human beings and the little weekly successes will keep us inspired for future Mondays.
I’ve only been through this routine for the past few months now and still have a long way to go. I find that a cheery Monday sets the tone for the entire week i.e. I’m no longer racing through to Friday. Life’s too short to start your Monday thinking about when will it be Friday again. Being mindful about the quality of your thoughts and making small changes in the way you start your mornings will soon become a habit. After all, it’s the small things that make a big difference!