As I went about my day today - 4am alarm clock, gym, hospital, drive home, dinner - one particular thing became the recurring theme. Can you guess what it might be? If you guessed "It's Friday!" than you are exactly right. It seemed as though nearly every person I passed was making mention to myself or another person about how happy they were that it was Friday and the weekend was in sight. No early alarm clocks, no work, no responsibilities. Everyone seemed to be rejoicing in the end of the work week.
I can't help but consider that this "end of the week" mentality is actually quite ignorant. Sure, the majority of Americans work a very tidy schedule - Monday thru Friday, 8am-5pm. However, there remains a huge group of people who continue to have work obligations and responsibilities after 5pm and on Saturdays and Sundays. I'm not suggesting we stop rejoicing in the feeling of accomplishment that comes with surviving another week of work. Instead, next week when you're doing your "It's Friday" dance, perhaps you might stop and give thanks for all of the people work Saturday and Sunday just like it's another Monday.
And yes, I'm working this weekend. And next weekend. And the weekend after that. In fact, my next weekend off is August 27. But I'm not writing this post because I am bitter or frustrated. I'm loving my job and feel fortunate that I have the opportunity to have a positive impact on people's lives when they are facing challenges.
I, too, have been guilty of focusing on Fridays and simply going through the motions to get through the week. After giving this post some thought, I hope you'll join me in taking a new and refreshing approach to the days of the week. Enjoy each and every day and cherish it like it's your last. Don't stop enjoying your days of rest and relaxation - just realize that your Saturday is someone else's Monday. Life is far too short to rush away Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Try celebrating each and everyday as if it's a Friday!