May Day or Mayday?

It’s May 1st.  And, everyone keeps saying how they cannot believe that it’s already May! Happy May Day to you!  As I write this I think what is “May Day”?  And, why do we celebrate it? 

Wikipedia tells me that “May Day occurs on May 1st and is synonymous with International Workers’ Day or Labour Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement.  As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins, and it can relate to many customs that have survived into modern times.”

But how ironic it is that the day we celebrate “social and economic achievements of the labour movement”, my Detroit Free Press headlines announce the bankruptcy of Chrysler.  And, they say we are supposed to be celebrating today?

Things aren’t always like they appear.

Well maybe May Day is more like the distress call, “mayday, mayday, mayday”.  Perhaps we should be using this international emergency code word, mayday to shake us up a little and get out of this state of mind and look at how we can find the opportunities that lie ahead. Mayday is used to signal a life-threatening emergency by many groups, such as police forces, pilots, firefighters, and transportation organizations. Rather than focusing on it’s translation of “help me”  let’s focus on “help you”.  How can I help you?  If everyone focused on helping one another, we would all benefit.

Things aren’t always like they appear.

Perhaps we should look at today as a day to really “hear” the distress call, mayday as the warning to take some ACTION to make a change – a change that takes us out of our current situation.  Maybe this warning is to help us see that we have the power to re-invent ourselves, get “unstuck”, re-brand ourselves, re-group, etc.  Focus on helping others, which in turn, helps ourselves. 

Whether you adhere to the teachings of The Secret or not, you cannot deny the fact that what you focus on expands.  So what are you focusing on?  The good or the bad?  The positive or the negative?  The glass half full or half empty?  And so on and so on.  You have a choice.  It’s NOT easy, believe me I know first hand.  But, nonetheless, you have a choice.  I am choosing to focus on the bountiful opportunities that are right within my reach.  What about you?  What are you choosing?

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi, “We must become the change we wish to see in the world”.  What change are you making?  Please share with me.


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