Monday Motivation: Honor Them Now

By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on May 25, 2020

Monday motivation, we need it, let’s go! It’s the holiday weekend and unofficial start to the summer and we are all tantalized by the sunlight but recognize the importance of maintaining social distancing. Studies show that your morning mood affects your productivity all day. Grit Daily is here to get your work week off to a good start. Pump your fists – it’s time for Monday motivation! And guess what? We’ve revamped our popular Monday motivation podcast – stay tuned for that relaunch …

Last year, we dedicated a Monday motivation article to our veterans. This year, the world seems more tuned in to the needs and sacrifices of others than ever before. From honoring our healthcare and essential workers to creating lovely tributes to our fallen veterans, like this one. For now, efforts like this photo projection tribute will have do in lieu of the proper ceremonial funerals our veterans deserve.

The time is now

The Monday motivation team and everyone around the globe would agree that COVID-19 has exacted a grisly toll with more than 347,000 deaths worldwide, not to mention an incalculable toll on the financial and physical health of billions of others. The Class of 2020 has been robbed of rites of passage that were theirs to claim. Mourners can no longer say good-bye to their beloved deceased. Monday motivation isn’t here to bring you down – we’re here to bring you up.

Each year, Memorial Day marks the unofficial commencement of summer fun, but it officially marks a day of remembrance. It is one of the few days per year designed to honor our veterans in thanks for the sacrifices that they’ve made so that we can enjoy the liberties we have today. They have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we should embrace the opportunities that we have while we have them. Don’t wait for Memorial or Veteran’s Day to honor those who have served or are serving for our country. Don’t wait to make that call or visit (okay, so it will be through a glass for right now, but that’s not how it will be forever). Don’t wait to say, “I love you.” Don’t wait. Honor those that you love and respect now.

Monday motivation tips to honor them now

#1 – tell someone

For many, telling someone what they have in their hearts is difficult. Sometimes, it’s hard to get the words out about love and honor and respect. Your style is your own – you’ll have to find a way to share what’s in your heart in the manner that’s most comfortable for you. Maybe it’s a text or email. Or perhaps it’s a card. Whatever your style is, don’t wait!

#2 – step aside

If you’re in a queue for groceries or boarding a plane (remember those days?!), step aside for a veteran. Give her or him your place in line. It shows respect and it’s the right thing to do.

#3 – a nod will do

Showing love and respect is even harder than communicating it for most of us. But you don’t have to go to extremes. When you see a veteran, in uniform or wearing a cap with military or navy insignia, nod at him or her. If you can both nod and say thank you at the same time, that’s twice as good. Don’t wait.

If you’re a podcast person, gain some inspiration and insights from our guests on my “Like a Boss” content: listen here on our Grit Daily podcast channel on Apple iTunes. Or return here each week for our Monday Motivation quick tips. Finally, if you like my writing, check out my new novel, The Battle for Humanity, it’s a thriller you won’t be able to put down. Have a fabulous week!

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By Loralyn Mears PhD Loralyn Mears PhD has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Dr. Loralyn Mears is a Columnist at Grit Daily and a podcast host (The Grit Files, which aims to shine the spotlight on female founders). She is a content marketer, founder of the WORKtech startup, STEERus, specializing in personal and professional development to address gaps in soft skills - communication in particular. In her consultancy practice, she helps clients with content and strategy. Loralyn spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. She's authored two books, including the 2018 Gold Medal Indie Book award-winning, One Sip At a Time: a Memoir and the hard science thriller, "The Battle for Humanity: How Science Saved Us." 

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