“You can’t change where you started, but you can change the direction you are going.” _Napoleon Hill
The second day gets little attention. Think about the work week; everybody has an opinion about Mondays—we even write songs about them. For example the following were all top ten hits:
- Blue Monday \ Fats Domino (1956)
- Monday, Monday \ The Bee Gees (1966)
- Monday’s Rain \ The Mamas and Papas \ (1966)
- Monday Morning \ Fleetwood Mac (1975)
- Rainy Days and Mondays \ The Carpenters (1971)
- I Don’t Like Mondays \ The Boomtown Rats (1979)
- Blue Monday \ New Order (1983)
- New Moon on Monday \ Duran Duran (1984)
- Manic Monday \ The Bangles (1986)
- Monday Without You \ Carole King (2001)
There’s dozens more I could add but I’ll mention only one more–it at least gives Monday a little credit (all the others seem to be real downers). Remember the 1976 hit: “Sunday Monday Happy Days” (Happy Days theme song)? Thanks Fonzie.
The point of all this is: When’s the last time you heard a big hit about Tuesday?
Somehow day-two ends up being just another day.
So what are you going to do about this second day of a brand new year?
Why not use it to reflect on why you started what you did yesterday. Hopefully yesterday you made some New Year’s Resolutions—that’s a good thing; I applaud you. However, as important as starting is, it is also important to make sure you’re going in the right direction. The “why question” will help you with this.
- Why are you going to read your bible through this year?
- Why are you going to lose weight, exercise, and eat healthier?
I could keep going here, but you get the point.
Recently I saw how powerful it can be answering the why question. Two people who truly loved each other were at a critical junction in their relationship. An issue had divided them and it seemed to be no way for them to resolve it.
However, a quick assessment of the situation made it obvious to me that a sincere apology by one of the parties would immediately defuse the tension and allow for some bridge-building.
When I suggested this to the person they look at me incredulously and asked, “Why would I do that?”
I responded, “Because you love “so-in-so” much more than you love winning an argument.”
The light came on in their eyes; the sincere apology was given; dialogue resumed, and soon the two were restored.
Yeah, knowing why is important—it keeps you going through the tough times and gets you going again through the really tough times.
The ONE THING for today: On this second day of the year, now that the hoop-la is over and the smoke has cleared from the fireworks show, take a little time to examine why you started what you started yesterday.
Exodus 2:13 (NKJV)
And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?”