Invariably, each Friday at work, on TV or certainly amongst your Facebook friends you will hear (read) someone cheerfully announce “T.G.I.F.!” Thank Goodness It’s Friday, or Thank God It’s Friday, depending on who’s side you’re on. We celebrate Friday finally arriving, and if we’re lucky we have a nice, relaxing weekend. Then, again, and just as invariably as before, on Monday you will hear (read) rueful announcements of the coming of Monday morning.
Why? Why do we celebrate Friday, coast along on its fumes for two more days then sink into an abyss, then for the next four gradually build up our spirits as we see the Friday oasis coming nearer and nearer into sight?
Paramahansa Yogananda spoke of carrying a portable Heaven along with you inside your heart. I say we need to carry a portable Friday with us throughout our workweek. Somebody sang back in the 1980s “Everybody’s Working For the Weekend” in a popular song, and it was, and is, true. People think this anticipation makes the eventual advent of Friday all that much more sweet. But it is a perpetual cycle of ups and downs. Just like the perpetual cycle of joys and sorrows that we experience in the material world, the work week is but a microcosm. If we trascend the joys and sorrows we are left with simple, ever-present bliss.
I say transcend Monday through Thursday. Do not delay the joy. Feel it every moment, and T.G. every moment. It could only lead to a richer experience of being. I write this on a Tuesday morning as I anticipate the beginning of my workday. Other than that, I anticipate nothing. Because this is the ever-present now. So T.G.I.T., Thank God It’s Tuesday.