Why Your Days Are Not What They Should Be And How To Change That
Your week was not designed to be unproductive and unmotivating so by learning how it was created you`ll begin to figure out how you must approach it differently
“She spent seven days creating The World, The Sun, The Moon and The Stars
Then The Plough and The Milky Way, Jupiter and Mars”
Are the opening lines of a song entitled God Woman by Irish folk singer Christy Moore.
It popped into my head this morning when I woke and thought about how thankful I was to be alive and healthy. As it was the beginning of the traditional workweek I thought about how busy I had been throughout the weekend and that although I was very thankful to be healthy and joining the masses into the working week I already had the first day of my working week completed having spent my Sunday working hard at various projects.
And as Sunday is the true beginning of the week so I got a great feeling of pride in my productivity when I awoke this morning too.
In being thankful I began to reflect on how there are seven days in our week yet for many these specific days do not represent what they are supposed to as so many people trudge through the week with so many worries, difficulties, and well-worn out aspirations.
Although when you feel as if you`ve been productive on a weekend you may be a bit tired but you’re energized and excited for what the rest of the week will bring.
At least, that was my feeling this morning.
And so I decided it was time to delve into exactly what the days of the week do mean so that I can share how our relationship with these days has changed over more recent times and how we can adjust that to think more positively and productively in the future.
As the seven-day week was based on the Sumerian calendar which goes back to the 21st-century B.C it’s the Babylonians who are responsible for how we shape our week in the first place.
The seven days is a cycle that corresponds with how long it takes the moon to go from one phase to another. This reflects a full moon, a waning half-moon, a new moon, and then a waxing half-moon. The whole cycle lasts almost thirty days and so that’s how a month is calculated. And once the Romans heard of this cycle they adopted it and added the naming of the days of the week after their gods.
So let’s begin and take a look into each day and try to figure out where this lack of enthusiasm for the traditional week comes from and how we can fix it.
The Romans looked to the high god that gave them light to begin the week. That’s where the sun that they could see gleaming in the sky took the prime spot to start the week ahead. It was with this shining example that the enthusiasm for the week began.
Yet in modern western culture, too many people experience regret and doubt on a Sunday evening because they are returning to their 9–5 jobs the next morning.
Where has it all gone wrong?
From brightness to darkness and yet too many stays in the dark to begin with.
If you are feeling this at the beginning of the week your intelligence must tell you that you are not starting with positivity and you must begin to change this feeling before regret of your career kicks in.
Monday is the beginning of many peoples’ work week.
It was originally named after the moon. In years gone by many soldiers looked to the sky at night for hope and wondered how their loved ones were at home as they fought wars overseas. They knew that the same moon was present where their loved ones were and that as they looked up at the moon it was possible that their family and friends were also looking at it at the same time.
It gave them a feeling of hope and connection.
Yet many people trudge through the first day of the working week without this hope and instead have a hangover of de-motivation from the weekend.
Mars is the planet that the Romans were inspired by to name the second day of the working week. On this planet there lies the tallest mountain of the solar system yet many of us slump to the reality that we are stuck on our current career trajectory at this early stage in our week.
But we have the power to change at any time and that change will not be like climbing the highest mountain around.
Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and it inspires the middle of the week too. Being that close to such power of the sun should light people up and for lots of people, midweek is their best time of productivity. Yet for others, it’s the day that allows them to feel as if they`re on the peak of the week’s hill as they look forward to the weekend instead.
But by looking forward they are not being in the present moment.
And when in the moment you are maximizing your ability to be productive.
Jupiter is how the fourth day of the working week received its name and it’s the planet that spins the fastest in the solar system. In lacking awareness though you avoid acknowledging that as you exist here on earth throughout that day yet you still have a dynamo of power to propel you.
By understanding this you can accelerate yourself into greater energy on that day and into the next few too.
The Romans were inspired by Venus so much that they modeled Friday on it.
It is said that a day on Venus is longer than a year yet on regular weeks many feel that Fridays fly by as they are so eager for the weekend to begin.
This shows how far away people are from their ideal way of working.
Until recently the length of a day on Saturn was not fully known. Perhaps that’s been reflected in how many earthlings never look at their watch as often on this day of the week due to them not working at their desks.
But maybe that’s the ideal way to look at our week and know that although we don’t realize it every day our time is slipping by. And to spend it well is to be in the moment and never look back at the time we could have spent differently.