Monday is just around the corner— and it’s already been a week since I posted about “Sunday blues” caused by thinking about a blue Monday.
I have another personal technique for absolving these “blues.”
Oh, but hang on! One should never rationalize!
I can see a life coach peeking around the corner, watching me, saying— “There will be no rationalization on my watch, son!”
However, you are welcome to try this.
The technique is simple. Draw a flying cow.
You can also copy my drawing.
And then doodle on top of it.
Write the words “Flying Cow” at the top.
As with most though-experiments, I will start the internal dialogue between myself(ME) and an imaginary friend(IF).
IF: That’s not a flying cow.
ME: You are correct, it’s a picture of a cow. it’s not even a cow!
IF: Ok, but why call it a “flying cow?”
ME: I could call it “Agatha?”
IF: That’s not the point, I don’t see any wings.
ME: Fair point. Could it maybe be a superhero cow that flies like Superman? Without wings?
IF: I see what you did, but it’s still not a flying cow if you merely label it “flying cow!”
ME: And by the same token, Monday isn’t “blue” merely because we call it “blue?”
IF: C’mon, you’re playing games within your mind!
ME: Absolutely! I also trick my mind into believing Monday “needs” to be horrible!
For some, this can be a lightbulb moment, but the super slick mechanics of this mind game won’t convince everyone.
IF: Just thinking “differently,” about it can’t make Monday better though!
ME: I don’t know about that! But it seems like thinking about it the “same way” still manages to make it worse each Sunday.