Monday. Is there a person on Earth that looks forward to it? Doubt it.
I usually wake up a little grumpy on the first day of the work week and today was no different. I was greeted by a ripped up tissue box and tissues scattered all over the living room, courtesy of our 2 dogs. Oscar was in a whiny mood. I was sleepy and annoyed that I always seem to feel more tired after a weekend than I do before it. Five days of work ahead of me. I got an email to say that our daycare fees are increasing next month. Then the wind blew over my mini greenhouse (for the 2nd time) and squashed the poinciana seedling that I’ve been treating as my second baby for the last 6 months. It was cold and looked miserable outside. I was feeling over this week before it had even started.
Then I took a moment. A deep breath. You see, a friend has recently started a sort of gratitude project to help her through a rough time she’s going through and I decided that I need to take a leaf out of her book. I don’t need to feel so annoyed with life. I need to remind myself of all the wonderful things around me and change my perspective.
Gratitude is one of those things that is so often forgotten about and looked over. I’m definitely guilty of not always appreciating the life I have.
So instead of being grumpy about Monday, I’ll be grateful for it.
Three things I’m grateful for today:
I’m grateful that I have a job to go to as it means we are able to pay our mortgage and plan for fun things in our future.
I’m grateful for the 3 steaming cups of tea I’ve had so far today.
I’m grateful to be on afternoon shift this week as it means more morning playtime with my son and even a few park visits.
It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and bogged down with negative feelings. Sometimes it can actually be really hard to pull yourself out of it. Even harder to not shrug off all the most important things. Good health, a roof over our heads, clothes on our back. And all the simple things like sunshine, music, running water.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? – Oscar Wilde
And you know what they say,
It’s not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.
So very true.
Anyway, I feel better now. Yay, Monday!