What is it with Mondays? Seven days a week and we show all kinds of love to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and poor old Monday gets a bad rap.

Think about it: In music we have the Carpenters singing

“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

And then there’s The Mamas and the Papas, singing about, “Monday, Monday”:

Every other day, every other day,
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
You can find me cryin’ all of the time

The Bangles of course bemoan their “Manic Monday” and the Boomtown Rats have “I Don’t Like Mondays”, and I’m sure a nice Google search would unearth plenty of other songs throwing Monday under the bus.

Go to your Facebook newsfeed or Twitter stream today and you’re bound to see plenty of folks doing the same. You’ll see lots of “Ughs” and pleas for more caffeine.

“Monday already?”

Inf act, the Monday moaning often begins as early as Sunday, and throughout the week, people will be weighing in on what day it is, and what day it feels like.

“What, it’s only Wednesday?”

Now go back to those same places on Friday. You’ll probably find a lot more upbeat status updates.

TGIF!

It’s a treadmill where all we do is work for the weekend. Monday is the bad guy, and the weekend is our salvation.

But we spend anywhere from 40 to 60 hours (or more) a week on the job. Do we really want to spend the better part of our waking hours focusing on the future, rather than the present? All it takes is a simple shift in attitude; something that we control.

I love what I do. How about you? Have the years of “toil” taken their toll on you? I love making a difference in people’s lives. I love the challenge, and I love the results.

Embrace today. Embrace Monday. Embrace the ability you have to make a difference, no matter what it is that you do.

There’s only one Monday each week. Don’t let it control how you function on the other six days of the week.