Most of us are familiar with the phrase ‘Carpe Diem’, or ‘Seize the day’. Yet rather than seizing every day, often it is only on the weekend that we feel we have time to stop, collect ourselves and breathe. This feature is designed to help with that: a small suggestion, tip or hint for you to try (if you wish!) over the weekend. Maybe it will make a difference to your life, maybe it won’t, maybe it will prompt some other thoughts. Enjoy – and seize your weekend!
This coming Monday, 26th May, is a Bank Holiday here in the UK. This is something of a divisive issue. Whilst some people relish an extra day’s holiday, others resent them, arguing that they are pointless, often boring, and an enforced day off that diminishes one’s holiday allowance. I fall into the former category. I think Bank Holidays are great, if only because when else would one take a random Monday off work? Make the most of it! This doesn’t necessarily mean having a plan for the whole long weekend. This week’s suggestion is about simply treasuring that one extra day off. Do something to mark it! Is their a friend you haven’t seen in a while? See if you can meet for lunch. If they’re not around, write them a letter or draw them a picture. Is there a film you’ve been meaning to see? Watch it! Quite simply come up with any pleasurable, fun activity that you haven’t got round to doing and honour the Bank Holiday by doing it. Remember that our forebearers strove hard for statutory holiday and we should respect their efforts! If you’re not in the UK, or don’t happen to have the day off, then you can still make this suggestion work – can you squeeze in something fun or different to your usual routine during your lunch break or in the evening? Let’s celebrate tiny moments of freedom whenever we can grasp them. Especially if they’re on a Monday.
Happy spring bank holiday weekend to you all!