manic monday – mondays

The obvious question here – what is so special about Monday’s? Most people hate Monday. They think it is the most dreaded day of the week. I’m sure somewhere there is even a bill floating through Congress that would erase Monday from the work week altogether and is just waiting for bi-partisan support…but then Tuesday would be the new Monday and we’d be back to where we started…that ain’t no good.

So, why Monday? Why “manic monday”? What’s the dilio? I’m going to tell you. A couple of months ago, my buddy Scott Crawford posted “TGIM” on his FB/Twitter feed, and of course I had to find out what the hullabaloo was all about. I had just assumed that he had some exciting task or event ahead and was excited about it. As it turns out there was more to the story. What, or rather Who, he had stumbled on to is Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker and writer who says “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful”. I heard him say that and immediately thought to myself “holy crap!”…seriously, those words flashed through my mind’s eye in bright neon flashing letters with the Star Wars opening soundtrack rattling in my ears. Really.

My next thought was “that. is. awesome!”. So, taking that statement and coupling it with TGIM you start to understand – Monday’s are no longer the enemy. Monday’s are now my best friend. Why? Because Monday is a beginning, it’s a hope, a chance to start something great. Monday marks the beginning of a week that I get to spend doing the one thing in life that I love – practice architecture, write about architecture, build architecture, kiss architecture….wait, I mean….uh…never mind.

Anyway, it was around the first of the year that I first saw this post and video and it occurred to me that by changing my mind set and by adding a small habit to my Monday (i.e. manic monday blog posts) I had the perfect excuse to start off each week right – with a great attitude and expectation for the rest of the week ahead. How would your week change if you looked at Monday’s differently?

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