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March 27, 2009

TGIF

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:07 am

I wonder if anyone ever noticed that the acronym TGIF, if rearranged, spells GIFT.

Like many, I share the cultural glee associated with Friday. It is the doorway to the weekend where many people have the opportunity to enjoy many things including relaxing and recharging.

Too often, people use the gift of weekend free time to cram in lots of activity that leaves them more drained when Monday again rolls around. Then the cycle repeats every Friday at quitting time.

“Doing it all” is like trying to eat a whole cow at once, yet that’s what too many attempt to do almost every weekend. It takes its toll.

On top of that, what many people don’t realize is that they tire themselves out more mentally than physically. The thought machine is the biggest waster of energy that we own. It’s the incessant talk that drives us to the abundant activity that’s supposedly going to fill our life with what’s missing.

There is nothing missing.

We can’t wait to get “there” so we can find what’s eluding us. Reminds me of a story . . .

One of the pet peeves I have with radio broadcasters is them telling their listeners when their shift ends. Let’s pretend their time slot is from 3 until 7 p.m. About 3:10, I will hear them say, “I’ll be here until 7 tonight.” They may as well have said, “I’d rather be anyplace than here” because that’s exactly what they are communicating.

When they get to 7 O’clock, life will begin, or so they think.

Pulling yourself out of the moment takes massive energy. You drain yourself anytime that you begin thinking that another moment will be better than this one. You make your job 10 times harder than it has to be.

Yes, enjoy the heck out of your weekend, just don’t live for it. Doing so robs you of precious energy and has you miss your share of peaceful, recharging moments that can be enjoyed any day of the week, even at work.

If you suffer from the “Sunday night dreads,” getting out of your head and into the moment is the best thing you can do for your energy level, your well being and your peace of mind.

When you give yourself the gift of mental peace, you’ll turn every day into TGIF.

All the best,

John

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