Dr. Kim Burns

Monday by Alex Dimitrov

Doesn’t it bother you sometimes
what living is, what the day has turned into?
So many screens and meetings
and things to be late for.
Everyone truly deserves
a flute of champagne
for having made it this far!
Though it’s such a disaster
to drink on a Monday.

I posted this poem to my Instagram story earlier this week. It generated quite the response. I don’t usually get that many DMs. It is actually an excerpt of a longer poem that was published in The New Yorker. The full poem is lovely. But this excerpt! It speaks volumes of where we are currently in our collective experience. There are so many horrible things happening in the world and in our country. We read about them on our phones in between meetings and other things we are late for. We are in limbo with the virus – where some parts of our lives have returned to normal but we wonder how safe it really is to leave our homes even when armed with vaccines and masks and hand sanitizer. We absolutely deserve flutes of champagne, even on a Monday!

I’m entering a new phase of my life. I’m excited to tell you about it soon. Until then, friends, drink a flute of champagne and celebrate the goodness of our lives. Even if it’s on a Monday. We deserve it.

What goodness in your life are you celebrating? Email me at drkimburns@gmail.com or connect with me on Instagram at @drkimburns. You can also sign up for my newsletterSome Things to Think About, that I send out every two months.

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