Try as I might I wasn’t able to direct the oxygen through the passageway to the brain. Panic was taking over and I knew my face must have been turning blue.
It was, after all, Blue Monday.
This feeling of anxiety is not unique to the prospect of having to face the boss or to confront a coworker. It isn’t the result of the scheduled board meeting or a bank loan renegotiation. It begins in the early years when we are guided by loved ones through warnings and rebukes. We are taught that circumstances exist beyond our own control and so we succumb to them, through fear. Fear of failure, fear of disappointment. Jealousy, hatred, anger, vengeance, superstition and prejudice are all negative emotions, all brought about by fear.
When FDR proclaimed, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself— nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance,” he was saying that we can overcome anything by, well, overcoming it.
And therein lie the good news: fear germinates from thought, and since we can control our thoughts we can likewise control our fear. We can choose to think affirmative and productive thoughts that would lead us into success or we can choose to dwell on negative what-ifs that would surely halt our progress. Since our emotions are the result of our thought process, those butterflies in our stomach should be a welcomed gage. We can quickly analyze and pinpoint the source of the feeling and deal with it intellectually. Thus, by taking action, we eradicate fear.
Courage is an act of bravery in the face of fear. We can beat the Monday morning blues and look in anticipation to the start of each and every day. We do this by living in the moment, controlling our thoughts and following them with purposeful action.
Let us not look back in longing nor look ahead in panic. Our duty is to cherish the now. Monday is just another day and blue is only a color.