Most people hate MONDAYS…

…but I love it. I like Mondays because it’s the beginning of something. The beginning of ALL things. You can release what you’ve done for the weekend and last week and think creatively. Use you imagination. “What am I going to do this week?” Not a person goes by that doesn’t say that.

But I like to supercharge my Mondays. We all have jobs, families, bills, things we have to take car of. But I’d like to have you join me with this one idea. And that is,…

“How are you going to GIVE this week?” Who are you going to give to? What do you have or know that you CAN give. Ideas, time, money?

It’s 7 in the morning and my wife, Kathie, is leaving to give my Dad a Karate class. He lives in a retirement home, he’s 80, and yes, he’s taking Karate. Amazing. It’s just a way of Kathie doing her part. And since my Dad has always been there for me, it’s now OUR turn.

There’s lots of ways to give, but it isn’t really what you do. It’s simply that you do SOMETHING. Donate your time, support, a phone call, an email, a check, a kiss. Anything that we can create some sort of relief for someone else.

And don’t feel guilty if you think you can’t. Just remember this… a Poem from Edgar Guest.

You can do as much as you think you can,

But you’ll never accomplish more;

If you’re afraid of yourself, young man,

There’s little for you in store.

For failure comes from the inside first,

It’s there if we only knew it,

And you can win, though you face the worst,

If you feel that you’re going to do it.

How does this relate to design? Since design is everywhere, and we do it all day long, design what you can do to help someone else. Show them something that inspires them like the photo above. Something beautiful. There are a thousand reasons why you’ll say you can’t, but only one that says you should. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Yes, Mondays are for getting things started. So, start giving and see what comes back. And be grateful that you can. It will be tenfold, promise.

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