Mondays (and their equivalents in other cultures, such as Sundays in the Arab world) have long been synonymous with such emotions as dread, anxiety, and trepidation. And those do seem like natural emotions anyone should feel at the start of any work week. Unless you are working your dream job, of course.
But Mondays may resemble more than the start of a new 5-day series of dreadful hours of labor.
A Matter of Perspective
Life is always how we see it. And every aspect of it is also a matter of perspective. Your current job may either seem like hell on Earth, or a stepping stone toward a goal you set your mind to.
And while Mondays certainly do seem like the first moments of the worst part of your week, they also are the first moments of opportunity for a better work week.
Your Career’s Weekly Rebirth
Short of actually finding a new opportunity and quitting your current job, Monday’s are your career’s weekly rebirth. And how you use your Monday may set the tone for the rest of the week. Not only for yourself, but for the way your coworkers and managers perceive you and your performance.
Let each Monday truly be a rebirth for your performance, for your outlook on the week, and for the way you interact with those around you. After all, after a good or bad weekend, people will, or at least should, care more about what you do now, and not what you did three days ago.
All the Small Things
For a truly different Monday, take up a few new small habits to feel good from the start of the day. If you usually get up slightly late and feel like you’re in a race against time to get to work at a decent time, even if it is late, push yourself to get up just 10 minutes earlier than usual to really enjoy that good cup of coffee or tea before you hit traffic. Or use those minutes to read or watch something motivating or inspirational. Or simply use them to reach work in a less stressed and more relaxed mood.
Whatever can help make you feel better for a new day, do it. And take full advantage of the start of the new week.
Embrace Your Mondays
And remember, whatever it is you are doing now, it is just another stepping stone toward a bigger goal or dream you have. So embrace your next Monday as the opportunity it truly is.
The concept of rebirth has always provided humanity with a sense of a new life and hope. Whether it is the idea of life after death, or the idea of the metaphorical rebirth from sin to purity, the idea of being reborn still provides much inspiration and motivation to us.
Even in everyday life, the old dies out and becomes new again. We fall into a state of unconsciousness every night, and become aware once again of the world around us in the morning.
Life kills our souls quite often. We fall into states of despair, hopelessness, sadness, sorrow, and depression at various stages in our lives.
Those are stages in life in which we must look into ourselves, let our old, tired, and feeble souls perish away, and bring life to a new self-realization that, so long as we can still breathe, there still is hope.
The concept of the phoenix rising from the ashes has been as old as Greek mythology.
That bird that lives for hundreds of years. And yet, even when it dies, even when its body is burned, it rises again from the ashes of its former self.
Life after death. A new life.
And yet, what we don’t realize is that we are all born with a phoenix inside us. This identity we believe we truly are. And within that phoenix is some hope that is born with us that lives with us for a while.
And along the way that hope that resides in the phoenix within us fades out. And the phoenix dies along with it.
It is a kindled spirit within us that is the magic by which we can revive that phoenix, and let it be born anew.
A spirit of self-realization. Of self-discovery.
A realization that we can bring that phoenix back to life.
A new reawakening.
A new understanding of who we are. And where we are heading.
When despair kills the phoenix within us, we need to spark a fire in ourselves, in our hearts, in our souls, so that the phoenix can experience another rebirth.
So whatever trouble you are facing today, remember – you have a mystical creature within you that will not lose hope.
The Arabic word ‘فنجان’ (pronounced finjaan in traditional Arabic and fengaan in Egyptian colloquial Arabic) can be translated to mean a cup, a mug, or a chalice.
The bottom line is that it is a container of some sort from which a drink is drank from. And it is most commonly used to refer to such a container into which hot drinks, mostly tea and coffee, are poured.
Each morning, millions around the world start a new day, a new chapter in their lives, with a fengan of their favorite drink.
And just as beneficial as these actual drinks are to start off a day, a fengan of wisdom and reflection is also crucial to uplift our spirits as we go through the burdens of our lives.
Start your day with a fengan of inspiration and optimism.