Bank Holidays are always a bonus ... if you get them ... but sometimes they do look a bit like just kicking the can down the road.
Bank holiday Monday gets followed by 'not-a-Bank-Holiday Tuesday' and there's always the threat of what would have needed to be faced on Monday now piled up against Tuesday's regular work to be gone back to.
And what is it we dread about that? Why is facing work a thing of dread to so many? At root it seems very much to be the fear we won't be able to face up to it's challenges without falling short or failing in some way we're expected NOT to.
Fear of failure
According to Psychology Today
"Fear of failure is the intense worry you experience when you imagine all the horrible things that could happen if you failed to achieve a goal.
The intense worry increases the odds of holding back or giving up.
Being successful relies to a large extent on your ability to leverage fear."
Psychologists seem to 'psychologise' it by giving it a name (atichyphobia) and presenting us with techniques to 'cure' it .. as if it is a sickness.
Well, no doubt when it gets out of hand there is a case to be made for treatment, but the simple existence of this fear of failure is not really abnormal at all ... it comes with the line of country - it's very arguably just part of being human.
Failure, it's experience, memory and anticipation is simply part of being human rather than Divine, and what it does is remind us of our realities and our dependence of the One Who lies above and beyond us. He is not like this Himself, and sees His role as to stand by us, strengthen us and assist us in facing, dealing with and overcoming our capacity to fail ... day by day and a day at a time.
The resources to cope
In our Verse for the Day we read
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands."