I woke up this morning thinking, "Woohoo!" Now part of that is we have a trip to the zoo planned and that is going to be fun. But the other part is that it is the special day of the week that starts with "F".
The funny thing is that Friday doesn't really mean the end of the work-week for me. I work with people that are working during the regular hours of the day and therefore most of my hours are evenings and Saturdays to accommodate their schedules. I will admit that I only work some Friday evenings, not every. And I do take a Saturday off each month to enjoy time with family. (Sometimes even a couple Saturdays if it is a long month!)
The point is Friday is not really that special of a day for me as far as how I was conditioned for it to be. It is another workday towards but not the end of another work-week. And yet, I find myself doing a little happy dance anyway. And I'm really not going to take that away from myself. I'm not going to un-condition it.
The question is, how can I condition myself and my daughter to do a happy dance every day...or at least several days a week? As a family we do our best to celebrate the weekend with some fun activities and spending time with family. So hopefully Saturday and Sunday become "woohoo" days. But what about the rest of the week?
Let's be honest, wouldn't it be nice to feel a little excitement no matter what day of the week it was? I find myself saying things like, "woohoo it's Monday! That means you get to go to swim lessons!" Now, of course this works. My daughter loves swim lessons! But once swim lessons are done will Monday still remain a "woohoo" day?
For me, gratitude helps fill the gaps. I may not jump out of bed Monday morning saying "woohoo" but I get up happy to face a new day. I don't know the answers to taking it from nice to "woohoo" but at least it starts the day on a positive note. And hopefully with some practice and good modeling I CAN pass that on to my daughter.
I'm grateful it is Friday. I'm grateful for fun plans of heading to the zoo. I'm grateful for one more vacation day with my husband before we return to the full daily grind next week, or in my case, tomorrow. I'm grateful to have a job I love. I'm grateful to recognize the humor in my conditioned celebration of Friday and keep it even when it doesn't have the same meaning it used to hold. I'm grateful to think ahead and be proactive in trying to teach and model gratitude for my daughter. I'm grateful for optimism that each day can be a "woohoo" day if we set our mind and heart to it.
How will you make today a "woohoo" day? How can you make Monday a "woohoo" day? Do you have any conditioned responses that don't really apply now as an adult but you still do them anyway?
May today remind us that each day is a celebration of life. May we choose to make the best of each day no matter where it falls in the week or what we have on the to do list. Have a beautiful day!