The blue-est Monday of them all

Sometimes you get up in the morning with very little motivation for the day’s work. This morning was such a morning for me, not that it is such a challenging day, but because I felt gloomy and dispirited, some would call such a day a blue Monday.

Someone said that when you’re having a blue Monday, just climbing out of bed is a positive start.

Blue-est Monday

Apparently the melancholic mind-set of “Blue Monday” is at it highest on the 3rd Monday of January when the post-holiday and -festive season reality kicks in. The term blue Monday was first linked to the 3rd Monday in January in 2005.

According to Wikipedia a number of factors are considered to determine the severity of the gloomy and dispirited feelings. Some people even tried to use mathematical calculations to determine which Monday should be the “blue-est” of them all.

The formulas used many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing your new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, delays, time spent relaxing or sleeping, time spent in a state of stress, etc.

But measuring the “blueness” of a Monday is a very subjective measurement.

Because the units of measurement cannot be clearly defined, assessed or verified; (weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas) it violates the fundamental property of dimensional homogeneity and is thus meaningless.

According to mathematicians the equations “fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms”, and has been described as “farcical”, with “nonsensical measurements.”

Happiest day

Yet despite the deficiency of the “blue-est Monday calculations, people also tried to calculate when the happiest day of the year should be and determined it should be somewhere between 21 and 24 June. This means more or less in the middle of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Maybe it can translate to between 21 and 24 December in the Southern hemisphere.

# Encouragement for a Blue Monday

On our happiest days we are often in such a state of elation that we are not easily sidetracked by negatives surrounding us, but on our blue Mondays, we can all do with some encouragement.

That was exactly what made my day on this gloomy and dispirited morning. Somebody sent me an email this morning that read:

“Sometimes we just need to be reminded that everything is going to be okay. So this is your reminder: Everything is going to be okay. Hope you have an AMAZING week!  Stay blessed! Warm Regards & Bountiful Blessings”

Just that, and it made my day a lot better. Just what I needed for today.

The Bible teaches us to encourage one another, and I believe that in difficult times such as we have in 2020, we need it all the more. Isa 40:1 says; “Encourage my people! Give them comfort,” and 1Thes 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another, and build up one another …”

Keep it positive

Unfortunately there is also a negative side to encouragement as we see in 2 Chr 28:19 “For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord.”

Therefore, let us encourage each other … in a positive way!

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