Mondays get a bad rap. I generally like Mondays, mostly because it’s leg day and any day I get to squat and deadlift is a good day in my book.
Today, I was ready to fall into the “Mondays are the worst” camp.
My 6am gym session was awesome. I moved around a lot of heavy weight, hit a couple of PRs, and got to do barbell snatches. Those are some of my favorite things. When I left the gym, it was drizzling. By the time I left my apartment for work an hour later, I was considering calling up Noah to ask about space on the Arc.
A rainy Monday? Oh no…
I park a couple of blocks from my office. It’s maybe a quarter mile walk. It’s not bad. I’ve done it five days a week for nearly three years now. I can tell you, though, that it is not fun when it is raining, or if there is snow on the ground. Downtown Charlottesville’s drainage system leaves a bit to be desired, which means puddles – big ones – everywhere, and as hard as it was raining this morning, the streets were more creek-like than street-like. I, of course, walked right past the rain boots sitting by my front door and had to attempt the rainy streets of Charlottesville in my favorite pair of suede gray wedges.
I clearly thought my outfit through this morning.
By the time my soaked feet arrived at the office, I was over the rain (that we desperately need) and not entirely thrilled about the whole concept of a Monday. My co-workers were in a similar state, all of us soaked and cranky.
Then, I remembered something.
We get to choose how we react to our circumstances.
If we see Mondays (and any other day or event) as “bad,” then it will probably be bad the whole day through. If we see it as annoying, chances are, annoying will be the theme of the day. If we decide that Monday is going to be a great day, it’s going to be a great day.
Think about it – there are 24-hours of Monday. That’s a lot of hours to think not so great thoughts about, isn’t it? No one wants 24 hours of bad vibes.
I made a conscious decision to approach the rest of my day differently. I decided, moving forward, that I was going to see things in a more positive light, despite the dreary, rainy Monday. Sure, I’d rather be curled up at home in bed with my dog and a book, but that’s not in the cards for today – at least not until much later – so I may as well make the most of what’s ahead.
And you know what? It’s been a pretty good, if not boring, Monday. I’ve checked off a lot of “to-do” items in the office, listened to a really great “How I Built This” podcast with the founder of Rent The Runway, took a barre class, PR’d my future method squat AND future method deadlift, and I’m headed back to the gym later to finish the rest of the workout – even if that means running a mile in the rain…
I’ve been mindfully working to respond to situations, not just Mondays, in a more positive way. I’m not always so good at it. I rather dramatically shampooed my apartment’s carpet and deep cleaned the kitchen and living room mid-temper tantrum just yesterday. While the results are fantastic – who knew my carpet was that dirty? – the reason it happened in the first place didn’t come from a place of good intentions.
We’re humans. We’re not perfect.
So, if your Monday – whatever your Monday is – is gray and rainy, push pause and re-frame the rest of your day.
Your Monday will turn out a lot better in the end.