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Eric's Monday Sermon; One, Two, Three

Updated on November 16, 2015

Facing the day!

If only every morning started this way. But it can, in your head.
If only every morning started this way. But it can, in your head. | Source

Sometimes we just ain't in the flow.

Habits are not always bad things. For instance it is my habit to be up early and greet each person in my home with a hug as they arise and wipe the sleep from their eyes. Each person is different so some hugs have no words attached, some are bear hugs and some are very gentle. We never address the day. How rude that would be to just wake up and have somebody start you out with a list of "to do" items. Nope that would not be cool.

Now we do not always have someone around to give us a morning hug. Some folk prefer it that way and for others it is a sad fact. Others still do not want a hug first thing. My wife was like that for 4 - 5 years. Now she just kind of shuffles up with eyes half closed and stands pitifully until hugged. My youngest son does not know life without morning hugs. My older children are real sleepy heads but put their arms out and hug back like it was better than that first cup of coffee. Back to those alone. Take your right hand and place it under your left armpit. Take your left hand and place it near your right shoulder and squeeze gently. And softly say "I love you".

Now you have completed step 1

Whenever Monday Comes

Work the morning shift.

How easy to be happy when times are good.
How easy to be happy when times are good. | Source

Prayer, meditation and reading.

Let us be fair here. Some people are just not going to wake up and feel like praying meditating and reading some uplifting stuff. Today I did not. But like I said I like habits. My habit no matte what is to say "Thank you" out loud. Sometimes that is the best I can do as far as prayer goes first thing. Then we pause and check out the body. What hurts and what does not. A few deep breaths and some minor rotation of parts. Again I say thank you even if things are not so good with the old bones. Then we "read" something. Sometimes that is brutal before coffee. So I read the latest coloring posted on the fridge and move on.

Laugh and scoff but that is all it takes to complete step two. Highly recommended to do it all Gucci and take a lot longer but hey, Monday morning is not always that good first thing.

Mountains to climb.

The big picture can be scary at times when you first start out on Monday morning.
The big picture can be scary at times when you first start out on Monday morning. | Source

If you have never woken up in jail, thank your lucky stars cuz Mondays are tough in the can.

Step 3

Bite off what you can chew. Pick something that you can do and do well and focus on it. You got stuff to do first thing Monday morning. Pick an easy one and start anticipating kicking some butt first thing in the morning. Just a task that has to be done, is of no great consequence (or maybe one that is) and hit it hard and complete it. I have climbed some mountains in my day. One thing that holds true in each climb is the first step. Sometimes that first step after hoisting your pack just plain hurts. So you take another. I climbs start with one step forward. I can do one step first thing Monday morning.

Now you are ready for Monday. You have already started it out right with minimal effort and you are already trudging that happy road to a great week.

Now go hug somebody, take time to give thanks and do one thing real well. And remember if nobody told you yet this morning, you are loved.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You go Lawrence, I find myself on occasion having to slip out before the day has begun. It sure makes those evenings even more special. Our next sermon will deal with a plan.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      My day often starts with a plan, it has to! If I didn't have then there's so much that 'has to happen' (like going to work) that there just wouldn't be time for 'me'.

      As for hugs, I'm long gone when the rest of Humanity wakes in our house, but the Cats and Dog are happy to see me (self interest there as its feeding time!).

      The hugs and kisses come later, usually at the end of the day, or in a text but they're just as important!

      As for the other stuff, that's where the plan starts.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank, yesterday was a hard Monday but looking back it worked out just fine. It is good of you to come by and leave a note, it brightens up my Tuesday morning.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Eric this is indeed a sermon I can wake up too every Monday morning my friend.. hats off to you :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise,

      Your healthy lifestyle is reflected in your healthy writing. We are all better knowing you than not.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for the hug! I like that, hugs first thing in the morning. My first item on the agenda is to have some fruit, juice, and vitamins. That is my morning pick me up. Then I move on to exercising, cleaning house, and a shower. After that, I settle in with the scriptures, uplifting literature, and my journal. By the time do these things, I am ready to go to work!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Did I tell you Dora that you just give a big hug by being you. Life is good and you make it better. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      We can always count on you for love and hugs. Bet they're never scare around you. Thanks for the good feeling that comes with just reading about it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Marie, thank you for coming by and leaving a note, it is the only thing we labor for around here.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Demas, it is always good to hear from you. You are so right. If we try then the good stuff happens.

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      truthfornow 

      2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      You have some good ideas for beating those manic Monday blues.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      As you say, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Do what you can do. Even God doesn't expect you to do what you can't, and certainly not to do what you shouldn't.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby,

      I am fighting a cold, I get up a four and after a workout this morning I was beat. So I said to myself what would I tell a friend to do. Take a morning nap! So I did. We have got to treat ourselves like we would a loved one. Then it is all good. Thank you for your constant uplifting support of my work here, it is greatly appreciated.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana,

      I think we do well to tell ourselves regularly that we love ourselves. I do it, and I got hugs this morning and a love note email for lunch and I still do it. Who is it going to hurt? Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I gave myself a hug and I feel better even though it's raining and cold. I wanted to write but my muse took a hike. I think there's very few who like Monday morning, but tomorrow is Tuesday and maybe something spectacular will come along. Have a great day. Yawn.

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I like the thought of giving yourself a hug if know one else is will. Monday's are hard and some "like me" approach it with great anxiety.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari, I need it some times. I forget to give myself the love I deserve.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill,

      I don't really need much but I need hugs. We do real well to give that extra attention to ourselves and others.

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      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice post on starting your first day of the week with 3 steps of hugging, praying and doing some light task. A great advice to put your right hand under your left armpit and squeeze the right shoulder with left hand saying I love you. What a wonderful idea! I like it.

      My best wishes and hugs to you.

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      Tamarajo 

      3 years ago

      That was inspiring as well as entertaining : ) . An appropriate read for a Monday morn.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There is a whole lot of hugging going on today after the events of this weekend in Paris. We need much more hugging. Sending you a hug, buddy, and thanks!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John,

      Wonderful poem you wrote about the tragedy in Paris. All should read it at: https://hubpages.com/literature/Another-Poem-for-P...

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great advice for establishing the perfect start for the week Eric. Beginning Monday morning with hugs is a great idea, giving thanks, and then taking the first step forward to completing something. Thanks for sharing.

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