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Loving Monday: Super Bowl XLV Hangover

loving_mondayIt was a great game. An even better game if you were a Green Bay fan.

The markets were jammed all morning. The roads were cluttered immediately after.

And those of us watching the were enjoying family, friends and food with an abandon we seldom get to experience on most weekends.

It was a great game.

Now it’s Monday and we’re back at work… Sort of.

Not really.

No, not at all.

We’re either still celebrating or still depressed.

We could suggest something inane to the winners like, “Don’t gloat.” Or we could recommend something preposterous to the losers like, “Be good sports.”

The fact of the matter is those of us who were rooting for Green Bay are going to be strutting and celebrating and rubbing it in every way imaginable.

And those who were short-sighted enough to root for Pittsburgh are going to be glum, whining, making excuses, and otherwise going out of their way to be very unpleasant today.

So how to get back to work?

With lots of celebrations, trash-talking, excuse-making and some whiney foot-dragging. All of it!

You don’t fight the fact that your football fans are coming to work with a Super Bowl hangover. You go with it. You ride the wave. You let it take its course.

It’s an unrealistic expectation after such a big cultural event that people can just turn off their private lives and go back to giving 110 percent to their jobs.

To demand it is not only foolish, but makes you look the out-of-touch slave-master.

The choice is not between a Super Bowl hangover and focused, productive work.

The choice is between a Super Bowl hangover and resentful, begrudging work.

You choose.

I say let’s have some fun telling stories, reliving key plays, flaunting our colors and making fun of the half-time show. That’s a much better launching point for an energetic, focused and motivated week of work than pretending that nothing happened over the weekend.

On your side,

- Karl Edwards

Loving Monday is a weekly column designed to encourage us to step into our weeks with an intention to show up authentically, engage fully, and choose to make it a good week for ourselves. Explore past columns here.

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