This theory goes along with the power of now. Really living in the moment and making the most of it. Yesterday has already past and tomorrow is the future. The only “day” that you’ll ever be in is today. The now. The reality we are in at this very moment. Living in the past or worrying about the future only restrict our ability to be present in our everyday lives. I try to follow these ideals to keep myself focused on the important things in life. It’s not easy but a good goal to have.
There is a book called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work” by Richard Carlson. This chapter totally made me think of my sister. It’s like they plucked it from her mind.
Join my new club, “TGIT”
Until now, the business world was primarily made of two clubs. The most popular club, by far, was the “TGIF” club, or “Thank God It’s Friday.” To be a member of this club, your primary focus is on the weekend. Members think about, anticipate, and look forward to Fridays so that they can get away from their work. Most members are highly stressed because only two days of the week are considered “good days.” Even Sunday is considered a stressful day because the next day they have to go back to work.
The other business club is substantially smaller, yet in some ways the members are more dedicated to the club. This one is called “TGIM,” or “Thank God It’s Monday.” These members are usually workaholics who can’t stand weekends because they are away from work! Members of this club are also highly stressed because while there are generally five days of the week to be preoccupied with work, there is always that darn weekend that gets in the way! The most difficult day of the week is usually Friday, because it often means the member won’t be able to get back to work for a few days. They may try to work on weekends, but the demands of family get in the way. Needless to say, members of both clubs think that members of the “other club” are completely nuts!
I invite you to join an alternate club. My hope is that together, we can eventually achieve a 100 percent membership. In fact, I’d love to put the other two clubs out of business altogether! This new club is called “TGIT,” or “Thank God It’s Today.” Members of this club are happy seven days a week because they understand that every day is unique, and each brings with it different gifts. Members of this club are grateful to be alive; they rejoice in their many blessings and expect each day to be full of wonder, surprise, and opportunity.
There are no qualifications necessary to join the “TGIT” club, other than the desire to have a higher quality of life and the desire to appreciate rather than dread each day. Members of this club understand that it’s useless to wish any day were different. They know that Mondays don’t care if you like them or not— they simply go on being Mondays. Likewise, Fridays will come around every seventh day, whether you wish it were Friday or not. It’s up to each of us to make every day as special as it can be. No amount of wishing will make the slightest bit of difference.
As simple as it seems, the desire to maintain a membership in this club can make a substantial difference in the attitude you carry with you at work, and in fact in all of life. Just think: If you wake up every day of the week with an attitude of, “I’m glad today is today. I’m going to make this day as positive and wonderful as I possibly can,” you may be surprised at how much less stressed you’ll be. This simple shift of attitude goes a long, long way toward a more positive experience of life and work.
I hope you enjoyed the chapter. I’m trying to join the club but boy is it hard. I agree that previously Friday’s seemed like the best day but this approach seems way more healthy and productive.
The original book “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff” by Richard Carlson is my favorite book.