Second day of the week

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By Marc Lopez

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, March 31, 2014

“I GIVE up.” She tells herself. Dr. Ryan Stone (in the movie Gravity) has every good reason to sleep herself to death. She is 372 miles above the Earth. With no gravity, no communication, no companion. No shuttle to bring her home. She is in a hopeless situation.

“I get it, it’s nice up here. You could just shut down all the systems… just close your eyes and tune out everyone…what’s the point of going on?” She imagines astronaut, Lt. Matt Kowalski talking to her.

Don’t you feel just like that on a Monday morning? Like Dr. Ryan Stone? You just want to keep closing your eyes and tune out everyone.


Your alarm clock rings. You press the snooze button. It rings again. It’s asking you the question: “What is it going to be— a miserable Monday or a magnificent Monday?”

Do you want to know one way that can help you make your Mondays magnificent? Make Monday the second day of the week, and Sunday, the first.

What you do on Sunday has a big impact on the quality of your Monday. Rest, reflect, and re-create on Sundays!

Rest by sleeping more, instead of shopping more. Take a good nap. Try sleeping an hour earlier in the evening so you feel refreshed when the alarm beeps on Monday morning!

Reflect, take time to pray pleasurably! Enjoy God! By yourself and with the community! Converse with Him…the whole day!

Re-create wisely. Instead of watching a movie, read a good book. Or read your child one! Since Margot and I got married, we made a decision not to have a cable TV at home. It has allowed us to converse more, thus deepening our relationship with each other and with our children. We are now working on how to regulate WI-FI access at home. Replacing cable TV with books and the real world has really been rewarding for us!

When you have rested, reflected, and recreated well on a Sunday, you will feel more renewed to welcome the “second day” of the week!

“It’s still a matter of what you do now… plant both your feet on the ground and start living life. Hey, Ryan, it’s time to go home.” Says Lt. Kowalski.

Dr. Ryan decides to wake up and die another day. As soon as she makes the decision, like a splash of cold water, ideas on how to get home, pumps her up with adrenaline!

Choose to be awe-inspiring at work today. Do everything with excellence. Hit the road. Step into the gym. Remember the most difficult part of exercise is just the first 10 steps, from your bed to your gym shoes. Tune out technology, tune in to a real conversation with the people that matter most to you. At work and at home. Pray pleasurably. God can’t wait to help you make today, the best day of your life. (So far!)
Choose to have a Magnificent Monday!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 31, 2014.


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