Turnaround Tuesday

Each day of the week can be whatever you want it to be. Most of the time all of us aren’t conscious of the fact that we can do something like that. We all fall into a routine in our daily lives. To some people this can go on and on and on and  by the time you know it, your life has passed and you’re still doing the same thing. I am not saying that this is a bad thing. What I am saying is that life is full of wonderful things that can be experienced on a daily basis. Things to see, people to meet and learning moments. You can only experience these things when you are aware of them. In my daily commute to work I see too many people on the train that looks like something out of a walking dead movie. They have a certain glazed over look on their face. Well, I have a suggestion that can help you be conscious of your day. If this is something that you can relate to-I have a suggestion. 

Every Tuesday, I designate it Turnaround TUESDAY. I don’t have a particular reason why I designate Tuesday Turnaround Tuesday other than the fact that the word Tuesday sounds good with Turnaround. I’m very creative that way. You’re supposed to laugh after I said that. For those people who don’t know me, that’s my attempt at sarcasm. Tuesday is the day that you focus on doing something that you have to do  like eat, go to work , workout, do your work etc, and do it differently. We all have something that we have to do but it does not mean that you have to do it the same every time. Life has a lot to offer and to do  the same thing the same way can be boring.. I know. You can go insane doing that. Some of you are saying that old phrase, variety is the spice of life. Until a few years ago I did not really embrace that thinking. My thought is not so much to change something drastically but just simply understand that there’s a lot things in life that can be done differently. Doing something differently on a task that must be done gives you a different perspective. It gives you an appreciation. Some people may say that why do it differently when something is already working. That’s true. But occasionally doing something different might spark something that would make the process more enjoyable. You might discover that what you have been doing is not necessarily the best way to do it. Whether you do or you don’t, what I am trying to say is that make Tuesday the day that you check yourself. Occasionally take yourself out of your comfort zone. For me, the simple act of commuting to work on the train has made me look at life in general a different way. When I take a seat in a different train cab, I get a different view of the scenery that we pass by. I see different things when I choose to sit on the second level of the train as opposed to the first level. I can sit at the second cab of the train or the very last one. I meet different people and make friends. I also can choose how fast , depending on where I sit, I can get out of the train to go to my next mode of transportation. When I am driving on that day, I would take a different route and discover stores, neighborhood that I would not have known about if I did not take that route. Sometimes you just have to be conscious of living your life with a certain child like fascination. Right now as I write you this letter, I am sitting in a train cab with a passenger who loves talking on his cell phone. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. I think it’s funny and educational to listen to someone who is not concerned about what people think. I love the boldness. He was talking to a lot of people and very vocal about his recent experience with the police. It seemed liked he was recently detained by the police on an minor outstanding warrant. It sure was an interesting, educational and entertaining train ride to work. I’ve got something to tell the wife over dinner tonight that’s for sure. The day has just begun. I wonder what other interesting things I get to experience today with this Turnaround Tuesday mindset. I guess I’ll find out. Life  can be amusing. It all depends on you.


“Marvelous Monday”

“I can’t believe it’s already Monday”. “Where did the weekend go?” Can’t wait until Friday again! Most of us with a reality of this type of work week has to have said one of these statements one time or another. Each one being said, most of the time, with a certain disdain or frustration or annoyance or all of the above. If your typical work schedule is  Monday thru Friday, Monday is most likely your least favorite day. People show that dislike by walking into work grumbling. They would drag their feet, sort of, throughout their workday. Sometimes they would show the disdain by dealing with people in a rude sort of way. To most of us who have that Monday thru Friday work schedule, there has to be a better way to deal or embrace the “Monday Morning Blues”.

Well, I wish I can say that I have discovered the universal secret to loving Mondays or just dealing with it without any emotional casualties. I have discovered what works for me and hopefully people can take the idea and derive from it a method that would work for them.  Here it is.  I call my Mondays “Marvelous Monday”. Why? I like using word that flows and easy to remember. I like positive descriptions. It’s better than describing it as Mundane Monday. The method to my madness is that  I just try to focus on something that I can control. As you know, unless you have some sort of mystical powers, Monday is going to be here regardless of whether you’re ready for it or not. In recent years I’ve learned to appreciate my time- spending it wisely.

I prepare for my Monday’s by simply wearing something new or something that I have not worn in awhile. It could be any article of clothing, jewelry, shoes or hat. It could also be something that you own that you would be proud to show off. I’m not about the showing off but that works for some people. I am after that feeling of newness, pride and appreciating something that you have or have forgotten that you have. Do you remember that time when you were in  elementary school and you could not wait to get to school because you wanted to show your friends something that you were proud of. It made you feel special. It made you feel proud. Why not take that same feeling and use it for Monday’s. Most people try to have the best weekend they have and why not just extend that feeling by just doing something as simple but effective mindset such as this. When I go to work with that activity, I feel alert. I move about with a certain confidence and pride. Whatever  comes my way that day, I feel like I can handle it. This exercise in setting up your mind to tackle the day is nothing new but it’s just a reminder that you can control your day. You don’t let the day control you and with some people it can control their week. Be engaged with your day and appreciate the day. Monday is the gateway to the rest of the week. When I told that analogy to my wife, she jokingly said to me “shut the gate !”. I laughed my you know what off when she said that. Funny enough some will do that. Regardless of what you do with your Mondays, it’s precious and embrace the notion that that moment won’t come again. Why would you waste time in feeling disdain or annoyance for it? You could just treat it like any other day and say to yourself that it’s an important day like all of the others.

Weekend here I come…………wohooooooo!


Ferdinand “Bong” Soriano