Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday's coming

I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays.

As a routine-oriented person, I look forward to the start of a new week. As much as I don't like getting up before 7am, I like knowing we NEED to get up and the kids need to get off to school. It's nice to have several hours where I get to set the schedule and decide what to do when. On a weekday I'm not working, I can almost guarantee I will spend some time with my Bible, exercise, pick up the house, do dishes, maybe do laundry and probably go to at least one store.

But when the alarm goes off at 6:30am, chances are Lilybug has already woken and is either checking the weather app on my phone or asking me when we are getting up. I didn't make lunches tonight, so I HAVE to get up at 6:30. No snoozing until 6:45am. Plus Miss Rose has started taking morning showers (I feel like this is a sign of her impending middle schooler adolescent status) so I need to get her up too. I will stumble into the kitchen while Lily chatters at me a mile a minute (she is SO her father and an absolute morning person). By 7 or slightly after, I will be more awake and feeling better about facing the day. 

I have this very dichotomous personality, which I am becoming more aware of.  I have taken many personality tests over the years but I remember nothing of them. I need to do a little more study of myself to make more sense of this. I love people, speaking and singing in public and teaching. Yet I also desperately need quiet time at home. By definition, I think I am an introvert. I've realized the utter exhaustion I would feel after a Sunday full of ministry had more to do with being "on" for many hours than actual physical exertion. Yet I wouldn't have changed it at all.

I want to be spontaneous and not have plans and go with the flow. But yet I love lists and calendars, plans and goals. Sometimes I want to have a plan, and other times I don't. 

And so this is why I have a love-hate relationships with Mondays. I love the return to routine, yet I wish I could sleep in and have just one more lazy morning with the kids.

But I will wake up and decide to punch Monday in the face. I will get the kids off to school, get my home in order and maybe run on some trails.

Cause whether we like it or not, Mondays coming.

Let's embrace the day.