“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.” – John Shirley
This week, I saw one of the coolest things while out walking the dog. There was a light fog all around, and the sun shining through created a small, full rainbow. It looked so close, like it was sitting in the open field near where we were walking. I decided to get closer, and as I did, it began to fade. As I reached the point were it appeared to be located, it was completely gone. It was one of those weird, but fun, existential experiences that happen sometimes.
Things always look better from far away, and sometimes may not even exist once we reach them. John Shirley’s quote about the weekend is about the most accurate description I’ve ever heard. I know so many people whose number one goal is to make it through the week of a crappy job, just to get to the weekend. “Everybody’s working for the weekend,” so says Loverboy. That song is still played to death on Fridays.
Now you owe it to yourself. You’ve worked hard all week at a job you hate, and now you plan to go out and celebrate 2 days of freedom. One of the all time masters of comedy – Bill Cosby – captured this ritual better than anyone:
Cosby: Now you’ve got to go. So you come into the bathroom, close the door; now, don’t forget: you owe this to yourself. You’ve worked hard all week. It’s come to this:
[Kneels beside the chair and pretends to lift the lid on the john, then starts moaning]
Cosby: “Ahh, Jesus… Oh, God… If You get me out of this, I’ll never drink again as long as I live…”
Cosby: Now you are ready to put your face in a place that was never built for your face.
How about taking a different approach to the weekend? How about using it to plan and implement your liberation? Take your free time to create a venture that will guarantee your freedom and success. Use the weekend to build a business, and then, you will have real freedom.
The goal is to make it so the weekend isn’t something you struggle all week to get to, but just another couple of days along the journey of success – a time to be savored and enjoyed. Because eventually we will all get to our rainbow’s end, and the question to ask yourself is – what will you find when you get there?
Have a great weekend, everyone…