Meaningful Mondays

Note: Community builders are always looking for ways to keep our focus on our purpose – for ourselves and our people. Having a shared focus, even for a brief moment, with zillions of other people is one way to build community. And it’s why I love Every Monday Matters.

Anyone else feeling a little … overwhelmed? On this, the first workday of the new year, optimism might be something you think you should feel. But not necessarily something you actually feel. Like everything in this strange time, perhaps we just need to reconsider what “being optimistic” means:

Being optimistic is just an approach. It is how we view challenges as opportunities and failures as learning experiences. Optimism is an understanding that life is not as easy as we would like it to be, but that we can do things to create a meaningful and purposeful one. It inspires innovation, ingenuity, and creativity, and helps you be a healthier, more resilient you.

Read Emerzian’s full post at Every Monday Matters.

Get Energized.

Our energy is always doing something. The question is how much energy do you have as we kick off this New Year, and where are you going to channel it? This week, we want you to GET ENERGIZED. Energy is something that many of us take for granted. We don’t do enough to restore our energy, and we often haphazardly allocate it. Do you have clarity around how to replenish your energy storage? Are you mindful about where you use or spend your energy? Full post here.

Treat Yourself.

Does taking a moment to be kind to yourself sound good to you? We hope so. It needs to become a part of your daily routine, for the better we are there for ourselves, the better we can be there for other people as well. So have fun and feel it, because you earned it. Treating yourself matters. Full post here.

Offer To Help.

Why it is so challenging for us to ask for or receive help? We might just have to ask the dreaded question, “Can I help you with anything?” Be prepared to get a “No, I’m good” in return, but don’t let them off the hook. Help or bust. Offering to help matters. Full post here.

Community Building Through Shared Focus

I’m a fan of Every Monday Matters because of their weekly inspiration. They provide ideas for simple acts of kindness and general better-world making every Monday. In the church world, clergy and teachers may use a common lectionary , a practice dating to early Christian congregations who took their cues from the worship practices of the synagogue to determine the readings for the service.

EMM came to my attention after one of the mass school shootings a few years ago. The message that “you matter” was a powerful response to the lost souls who got their hands on weapons and destroyed lives.

One of the mass school shootings. It’s horrifying that I can’t even remember which one.

I do know this: on a regular basis, we need to be brought back to why we do this work. I think it can be well summarized by reminding our people that they matter. We all need to KNOW, really KNOW, that we matter. Mondays are a great place to start.

Throughout the week, visit Big Table to post your ideas and get practical suggestions on how to use the theme to engage your community members.


Feeling like you don’t matter?