So. Here's my dilemma. I keep running out of steam by about this time every week. I always start each week with fresh resolve and courage: I set my goals, I roll up my sleeves, and I get started. Monday and Tuesday are usually great days--I'm busy with my goals and projects and I'm content. On Wednesday, I can feel myself start slipping, but it's still usually a good, productive day. By Thursday, however, I've had it. I cringe at washing the dishes, I dread making yet another healthy dinner, and the Cheerios littering my kitchen floor (thanks to a baby who is still in practice-feeding mode) just make me mad. I still manage to get things done, but the happy-go-lucky attitude is long gone. By Friday, I've pretty much given up. If I get anything done, it's a miracle, and I feel like I deserve a Purple Heart or something. Then, thankfully, Saturday and Sunday come, resetting my internal systems to gear me up for another shot at a new week.
I don't necessarily think I'm piling too much stuff onto my plate. Even when I'm motivated to accomplish my goals and projects, I still save plenty of time for watching Star Trek and tickling Noah. So what is it I'm missing? How can I keep that proverbial saw sharp and ready to face each new day with the right amount of determination? What are some things you do to turn the daily grind into the daily joys? How do you turn "just surviving" into "thriving?
Maybe I need to look at this on a more elementary level. Maybe the question I needs to ask is not about maintaining the same enthusiasm all week long. Instead, maybe I need to ask if it is right to expect the same enthusiasm to be there on a daily basis at all. C. S. Lewis talks about how man's faith in God goes through natural cycles of peaks and troughs, and the best way for faith to grow is to learn how to make the best of each point in the cycle. Can the same be said for my enthusiasm problems? There you go. I guess things did get a little philosophical today, after all.
Well, like I said before, tomorrow is the day I feel like a martyr for doing all the stuff I