Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Making good weekends, when there's not a perceivable weekend

Week by week -- Back when I worked five days a week for pay, there was an observable weekend.  I thought of it as two days off.  But it never was that, really.  I merely was not required to show up on time at my workplace for two days at the end, or beginning, of every week. 

Work or play -- I worked at home.  And it was a real work day.  Like so many others, I felt I had to catch up on the weekends, or get a leg up on the next week - again, depending on how one sees it.  On Sunday there was an occasional bit of a letup on my internal "should-do and ought-to" messages.

All the same -- by now I have been retired for 8 years.  And I lost my weekends, or now the week is one long weekend, depending on how it feels.  And I do not work nearly as hard.  Nor do I have as much money.  But I do have a very welcome amount of free time.  It is a good thing I am OK with that idea or I would be beset with guilt.

As it turns out --  how I spent my time during the week or on the weekend  was always my free choice.  I merely had to be willing to accept the consequences of my decisions, just as I do now. 

Make good choices -- People who make the best weekends for themselves are mindful of the actual range of their choices, not the conventional wisdom.  Do not wait until you retire to become wise.  Start now while you have lots of time ahead of you.

[Post date: 5/16/10]

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.