Friday, October 25, 2013

Working for the Weekend

I get up early during the week. By early, I mean early. Like, my alarm goes of at 5:40 each and every morning. And it's wrong. So, so wrong. I strongly believe that no one should have to rise before the sun does. Especially during the winter. Cold, dark, sleepy mornings are the hardest! By nature, I'm a late sleeper (as most are), so when I chose a career like teaching I must not have thought very carefully about the early mornings. In fact, I was probably thinking about the sleep-in days that I'd earn during the 2.5 glorious months of summer. Ahh, yes. How glorious they are. It almost makes me want to fashion a paper chain representing the next 8 months until summer. And that's where the problem is.

I find myself counting down the days to every weekend, every day off, every break- not because I don't like my job, but because I value my sleep so dearly. Just like the famed song says, "everybody's working for the weekend." That's totally me. But I don't like it. I realized yesterday that so many weekdays of mine are wasted because I'm just going through the motions...until the weekend comes. Life's too short for that, if you ask me. Granted, sometimes I'm just so danged exhausted at the end of the day...but I do get out of work by 3pm on most days, which leaves a whole afternoon and evening for me to do great things. Often, I go home, lay on the couch for a bit whilst watching a few episodes of Friends, run to the gym, make dinner, watch more TV, and go to bed. That's nearly 7 hours of time that I could have spent building relationships, reading more, writing more music (for real, I need to get back into the swing of that), hanging out with my family, hanging out with Jesus (hello!), etc. etc. etc....enter guilty conscience. I'm wasting my weekdays...all because I'm looking forward to the weekend. Of course, that's not to say I don't do anything while at work all day! :) But really, I'm sick of wasting my afternoons and evenings.

As a "big picture" type of personality, I'm always looking ahead to the future. And that's not always a good idea. I need to be present... each and every moment of each and every day. No more counting down till Saturday. No more counting the weeks till my next break. I'm going to be intentional about today and everything that this day has to offer. Because before we know it, these days will be gone. I don't want to miss out on all that life has for me.

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow,
 for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own. 
Matthew 6:34 NIV

1 comment:

  1. Yep. I get every word of this and am too trying to figure out how to reverse my lazy days/ways.