Monday, June 13, 2011
Case of the Mondays
As young children playing in the sand and snow, we imagine that we are impenetrable, lost in a time of complete bliss and innocence.
This AM I woke to another June gloom morning, but this time with more clarity, a message was coming. I exited my building, cleaned and pressed, ready to conquer another ill-described Monday.
In route to the 780, I came to a street that I generally run across when there appears to be no oncoming traffic; today, that street was shut down. Living in Hollywood can sometimes confuse you and paint pictures that are not there, but the message today was real. As my detour led me to one of the busiest Hollywood corners, I froze in a complete standstill.
Five police cars
Two traffic cars
One busted windshield
One life gone
Man or woman, elder or teen, swaddled in a blood-stained white bed sheet ready to go home. At this point, I was in complete awe, terror and enlightenment.
Case of the Mondays is what I like to call this, us thinking our lives are the worst and that there is NO ONE in the entire world that has it rougher.
A case of the Mondays, when we wake to socks, comforters and heat surrounding our bodies. A case of the Mondays, when we wake to a message from a parent, cousin, friend, or significant other simply saying: "I care about you." A case of the Mondays, when we wake directly to our iPhones and Droids only to tweet about, 'O fuck, another Monday.' A case of the Mondays when our eyelids open to see another day.
Do you know how blessed you are to be reading this right now? No, not because my words have the power to change your life, but because you have the power to change your own. This morning I saw a dead person lying on the street and I began to ask myself: "How many wouldas, couldas and shouldas do you think this person possessed?" Guess what: we will never know simply because that individual will no longer have the power to make them will be's, could be's and shall be's.
My friends, realize that you still have that power. The power to reach happiness before your time is up. The power to forgive, the power to gain more, the power to be more.
I sometimes liken myself to Russell Simmons because he is constantly tortured with the question: "who do you think you are to have the audacity to say all these things about the power of life when your life is perfect?"
Pretty good? Maybe. Perfect? Never.
Regardless, we should always be looking to better our situation. We should always be looking to learn something new. Russell Simmons and his entire family may all be celebrities and all the reality TV shows may be fabricated, but what I saw and heard this morning in Hollywood was real: LIVE NOW.
To whomever was lying there, may you go with God, rest well and watch over your family and friends.
To whomever is reading this, may you wake up.
What a blessing it is to have the power to say: It's Monday.
One Life, You Decide™