Do you love Mondays?
There have been times in my life that I would get what I called “The Sunday Night Feeling.” It was a feeling of dread and depression about the weekend coming to an end and a new work-week starting. I hated that feeling, as it didn’t allow me to fully enjoy my present moment.
There were even times where I would allow the Sunday night feeling to start earlier and earlier, to the point where it was taking over a good majority of my weekend. As a result, not only was I not enjoying my week, but now my weekend wasn’t so great either.
I even became protective and possessive of my weekends. I felt like I didn’t want to have to give up any of my precious weekend time because I had so little time for me as it was. It’s a pretty selfish and miserable place to be.
Can you relate? Have you ever been there? Are you currently there?
I kept holding on to my future changing, to being able to quit my job so that I could spend my days the way I wanted to and do the kind of work that I love. I wanted to be my own boss and have control over my schedule so that I could fit in all of the things I wanted to be doing like:
- Keeping my house clean
- having a regular quiet time
- being on top of meal planning
- exercising regularly
The list went on from there. I set pretty high standards for myself and put my life on hold until things would change and I could live my life the way I wanted to.
I eventually got to the place where I was really tired of feeling this way. I felt like I was surviving and not thriving. I wanted something to change, but the only thing I could change was my attitude.
Now, I have to admit, that it isn’t something I’ve mastered by any means. I still struggle with this, but I know that the way that I think will determine how I feel and how I behave.
I discovered that if you want your life to be different, then you need to live your life differently, and it starts with changing your thinking.
Even when we are in a place that we wish was different, we can still thrive. We can “bloom where we are planted!”
It’s going to take some work. We have to change our “I wish things were different” thoughts to: “How can I make the most of my day,” or “How can I fully live out my purpose and calling today,” or “How can I praise God for today.”
We have to choose not to give space in our brains to the negative thoughts that are keeping us depressed and stuck and change them to positive thoughts that will help us fully live our day out with thanksgiving and praise to God.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
God has a plan and purpose for your life, and it includes where you are right now, too! He has you where you are for a reason. Join Him in the current work He has for you.
I encourage you not to do what I did. Don’t wait for your life to change, but fully live right now!
Now, this doesn’t mean you will be in the same place forever! It also doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can’t be doing to prepare for a different future while you wait, but we will be cover that in a different blog post!
So, getting practical for today, what negative thoughts are getting you down and stuck? How can you change those thoughts to be more positive and helpful for you right now?
Remember, just changing your thoughts and attitude about your current situation can mean the difference between being miserable and loving life!