The New TGIF

The great Os Hillman has a website, and a book, called Today God Is First (TGIF)

This is a reframing of the old cliche, TGIF, which for most of the world means “thank God it's Friday”.

The point Os is trying to make, I believe, is that we need a shift in the way we think about work and our life.

If your perspective on life is: you hate what you do 40-60 hours per week, and you are only thanking God when Friday comes around, so you can step out of that hellish workplace that you are forced to occupy…

Can you see what a desolate, hopeless worldview that is?

Who can exist with such a worldview and still feel fulfilled?

There is no question that some jobs are not fun. I am not debating that.

There is no question that some jobs are necessary, and that they are ugly and brutal. And that someone has to do them.

And I am not naive enough to believe that we are 100% in control of every facet of our lives.

But I do have enough faith to know this: we are in control of our response to what happens to us.

We are in control of our attitudes, our thoughts, and our behaviors.

If you woke up every morning with the attitude that TGIF means “today God is first”, I think that would change the very way you approach every aspect of your life.

Perhaps it would even begin to give you that elusive sense of fulfillment and joy you so desperately wish for.

What do you think?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at