I have always been delighted
at the prospect of a new day,
a fresh try,
one more start,
with perhaps a bit of magic
waiting somewhere behind the morning.
Monday morning, or any morning of the week: Do you face it with anticipation of what the day may bring or with dread of what lays ahead? Do you have a default attitude upon waking up? Is the way you feel upon waking up related to the dreams you may have had? Or the movie/video/news you watched, the internet site, the book or the email you read before going to sleep? Do you wake up in a rush or do you allow yourself time to stretch, contemplate, write your dreams, meditate?
Even when the day is stressful or a routine day, it is still a new day, full of new possibilities; Possibilities to feel all kinds of different feelings, to experience things anew, to notice things with fresh eyes. Even when you are not feeling good, or are in emotional or physical pain, can you at the same time, notice the feel of the sun ( or the fog!) on your skin, hear the song of a bird, hear someone laughing, share a smile with someone, taste something delicious, hear a song that moves you? In other words, can you be present to all that is going on, can you allow some magic in along with the expected, the known, the usual? Can you allow life to surprise and delight you; can you let some of the magic in?
Peggy Handler, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Francisco's Noe Valley