“Lord, today is Friday; guide me always, Father. Send me your wisdom and light and may this day be a prolific one.”
Glaring at the sky while in a cab, I couldn’t help myself but really utter this prayer, asking for help from Father God to guide me tenfold today for it is Friday. Yes – Friday! It is the day that my partner and I think that we have been jinxed in some way – that feeling that makes us likely to be unsuccessful or ineffective as a result of bad luck. For the past two weeks, the Fridays were outrageous for us; there were full of unlikable surprises that triggered ‘someone’ to discharge fire like a dragon at us. Of course, we understood ‘that person’ from doing so. We would admit that we had the biggest share why things turned out awful on those turbulent Fridays.
Looking back, while I was thinking on those Friday mistakes over the past weekend, a thought just suddenly popped out in my mind. Out of a blue, I asked myself: “Why do awful things happen to us just every Friday and not on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – is it a Friday curse?” This might sound unempirical like a seat-of-the-pants conclusion. But mind you, never take too lightly this shallow realization because it paved the way to certain deep insights. The insights that I am referring to are the resolutions that I made for myself to follow for the whole week, so as to reconcile our Friday lapses. That of course because, just like anybody else, I do not want people getting mad at me evermore. I do not want to be remembered because of my flaws (that’s shameful); instead, I wish that people think of me chiefly because of the efforts I have done.
Hence, through contemplation, I resolved to be keener and to embody more initiative. Glimpsing on things in the eyes of a ‘third person’, I saw myself improving a lot. (That, of course, is not to brag.) I have been much keener now, whetted somehow by time and experience. Also, when we speak about initiative, I can say I have improved more. To cite an instance, roughly ten to fifteen minutes before the class, I would usually visit the workroom and see for myself Sir Gem to ask if there are things which he would like me to carry or to do. Another is this: every time there were papers that need to be distributed to the students, my partner and I would always volunteer to do the thing.
Adhering to the resolutions I made for myself all throughout the week, I get to break the jinx. I get to spend my 3rd Friday (November 25) so well, without being reprimanded. And this, I believe, is something that I would like to always emulate so that I will be having much steadier, better Fridays in the future.
Glory to God in the highest!