Friday, October 9, 2009

The 7 days of Friday Lifestyle!

The power of Friday...

Its every one's favorite day of the traditional workweek. Friday.

You can feel the energy from every classroom...corner office, every cubicle...even at every mall and restaurant where the workweek isn't over, the barista was smiling a little harder at Starbucks this complain less about the commute into the city....

Why is it that Friday invokes a powerful emotion of optimism, and appreciation?

Is it truly because we are counting down the seconds till we're free?

Are we just glad for the break in the monotonous J.O.B?

For some, this may be the case.

But the TGIF feeling exists in those who don't even work a regular work week.

My husband's off days are Tuesday and Wednesday of every week. While he refers to his Monday shift as his "Friday"(his day before his two days of rest)...he also seems to have more pep in his step on the actual Friday work shift; even though he would be returning to work Saturday morning. I was puzzled and compelled to explore a new social experiment: The 7 days of Friday Lifestyle!

What if, like Fridays: you could view every single day of the week with just as much gratitude and excitement?

What if, on even your most dreaded day of the week, you woke up excited to being a day full of promise and purpose?

Tell yourself what it is about Friday that excites you. Is it getting more time with your kids for the weekend? Upcoming football Sunday? Is it perhaps a date night that you hold with your spouse Saturday evenings?

Tap into what makes Friday a day to look forward to.

Figure out what truly gives you reason to be. Write down all the reasons everyday of the week, why you are grateful for that day.

Set new standards for quality of life. Want more family time than you get the weekend? Set up a weekly holiday where your family commits as a whole to gather and spend time together in gratitude toward one another. We have a National Kamerons Day at sporadic times throughout the year where we will surprise him with an "unbirthday" Party like Alice in Wonderland..

Follow a similar pattern of gratitude for whatever it is that God has blessed you to look forward to on the weekend, let the same appreciation show in every aspect of your life. Thank Him... even for the annoying guy who chews at your nerve on the job. It can and does get worse than the things we complain of and take for granted.

I challenge you to try. Tell Him that when you wake to have a Friday! attitude on your dreaded Monday morning. Play some good tunes while getting dressed. Make a conscious effort to smile. Even on Tuesday. Bring dunkin donuts to the office for your coworkers, even on Wednesday. Create the culture of TGIF... for every moment of your life. :-)

Update your facebook status, instead of TGIF...(your name her) saying TGIA! (Thank God I'm Alive)

View everyday that the Lord has given you with the same fervor as you look upon one Friday to the next with.

Bless the lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgives all thine iniquities; who healths all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crown thee with loving kindness and tender mercies:
Who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.-Psalm 103:1-5

It will make the difference.


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