Monday morning. For most of us, a new work week lies ahead.
How do you face it? Do you sigh, grumble, gear yourself up to take on challenges, deal with problems, and slog through the next five days? What do you expect of the coming week?
Despite our routines, we still get to choose our approach. I began to write Positivity on Mondays because I am constantly bombarded with negativity in regards to the standard work week. Here we go again and I hate Mondays and back to the data mines and why can’t the weekend be longer and darker, more negative comments. I decided that I needed to put something positive here, because positivity is healthy, and we can all put it to good use.
Over the past three-and-a-quarter years, I have expressed Positivity in all kinds of diverse topics, ranging from mindfulness to sunlight to mood changers to laughter. For the most part I have focused on abstract, intangible but powerful positives, because those can change a broader range of thought and feeling.
Why does it matter? Because we live in a world where we are absolutely overwhelmed by negative messages. Fear, lies, lack, loathing, intolerance, hatred, bigotry, anger and more are all over, in far too many articles and news stories both real and fake. Add to all of that the idea that you have to work to live, where too many people spend nearly half their day doing jobs that bring them no joy, and it should be unsurprising how we perpetuate that negativity.
So, here we are, another Monday. You have a choice. Face it with negativity, derision, disdain or what-have-you….or…take a deep breath, and look at the good you have. If you have a job, and you have a roof over your head and food in your belly and other possessions, this is a good thing. It may not be your dream-come-true, it may be imperfect, but rather than see all the negative, we can opt to look for all the positive, starting with gratitude for what we do have.
EVERY day has new possibilities to it. Despite feeling the same as the day before in many respects, every single day we can build new and different things, if we choose to find ways to do so. Even when we have to go to work or school or do the laundry or clean the house or whatever other routine makes up our days, we have the option to choose how we will feel about it.
It is easy to make no choice at all. While this can be a neutral thing, because we are so inundated by negativity across social media, news venues and the internet overall, it is too easy for our thoughts and feelings to spiral down, in particular when we’ve not chosen for ourselves.
How do you choose to face Monday? The right approach can mean the difference between a bad week, an ok week, or even a great week.
Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action. Knowing that how we choose to approach the week will effect the outcome, we gain more options for good. When we look to the week for its possibilities rather than with dread and loathing, we empower ourselves. When we feel empowered, we often spread that feeling to others around us, and as such can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness. We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings. When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for. Gratitude leads to happiness. Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude. Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.
This is the one hundred sixty-sixth entry of my Positivity series. It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone. Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.
In relation to Positivity, check out my Five Easy Steps to Change the World for the Better.