By: Katie Austin
By the middle of every week (sometimes by the end of Monday), I find myself looking forward to Friday, knowing that the weekend is almost here. Then, come Sunday evening, the Monday blues settle in as I prepare myself for another work week. I wonder where the time has gone and notice the weeks are moving faster as I get older. Even as I write this, I can’t believe we are almost to May! I begin to wonder how I can capture the Friday-feel-good feeling every day during the week. Wouldn’t it be great if every day were Friday?! Of course. But how can I bottle up this feeling so that I can spritz it on at the start of each day?
Then, it hits me! The light bulb over my head is aglow and I realize that I can feel like it’s Friday every day! How, you ask? All we need to do is change the way we look at those “other” days during the week. Yes, even Monday Now, I look at every day as Thank God For Another Day. Instead of being thankful for just Friday and being happy that I made it to the end of the work week, I try to remind myself that I am thankful each day that I wake up. I am thankful to have a job, a wonderful group of family and friends, and the opportunity to make each day one to remember.
I know some of you are thinking, “Katie, take off those rose-colored glasses!” But as I bring those rose-colored glasses to the end of my nose, I peek over the top of them to ask one simple question: if you knew today would be your last, would you feel the same way?? No matter what is going on in your life, you can find something positive when you look at life differently. Believe that no matter what happens today, if you are given another day, things can change. We should look forward to tomorrow! I am thankful even for the bad days, as I realize I am a strong person and that life events prepare us for future challenges. I wouldn’t have made it through my breast cancer battle without first getting stronger from my past struggles. You can and you will get through life hurdles, small and tall, when you believe that you can and when you are thankful for every day.
Life has a way of speeding up as we get older. I think we should pause often, be thankful, and appreciate each day for what it’s worth. Seize the day and make it one to remember!