I found this crazy little journal today. I particularly like the ironic quotations on each double page, which offer a skewed insight on life.
It brought to mind Rosenhan’s experiment “Being sane in insane places”, where ‘sane’ people faked insanity to gain admission to psychiatric institutions. They were subsequently diagnosed as being ‘insane’ despite acting ‘normally’ and their pleas to the contrary. Not surprisingly, one of the institutions became angry with Rosenhan and challenged him to send pseudopatients, ie ‘sane’ individuals pretending to be ‘insane’, for them to identify. They identified 41 pseudopatients during subsequent weeks. Rosenhan hadn’t sent any!
Life is absurd and now I plan to chronicle just how dysfunctional mine is.
“Instant gratification takes too long”
We all have problems: some major; some minor; some life-changing; some no more than mildly irritating. I work hard to find solutions to these problems, but what I’ve noticed of late is that in solving one problem, I seem to create another. And so it goes on…and on…and on… At least, I’m smiling at the irony of this.
In an attempt to become more mindful, I’m reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s made me realise how much of my time is spent letting past events affect my present well-being or playing through various scenarios that may happen in the future, leading to anxious thoughts. Neither of these is beneficial.
The important thing is to concentrate on the NOW – it is the only time we have. If we’re OK now, then everything is fine, because the past and the future are only happening in our heads.
This is a difficult concept for me to grasp but it’s starting to make sense. I think that’s why I enjoy dancing so much: it happens in the NOW. I focus on interpreting the music and following my partner’s lead. There’s no time to worry about the past or feel anxious about the future: my full attention is on what’s happening in the present.
What do you think about this?
When I started this blog, I didn’t expect anyone to even find it, let alone read it. Consequently, I noted today with some surprise that I now have 99 followers, who at some point have felt that they might want to read my rambles on writing, reading, knitting, sewing, exercise, happiness, motivation, and other ponderings on the absurdity of life and trying to get by one day at a time.
Will you be my 100th follower?
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There’s something satisfying about writing lists, in my opinion. I think this goes back to my childhood and memories of my mother carefully creating beautifully handwritten lists in whatever notebook she was using at the time. I wasn’t allowed to look in these notebooks – she wrote Christmas and birthday present lists, which she wanted to keep a secret – and curiously I respected her rule and never gave in to temptation. Occasionally, she would show me a page and it was pretty mundane: a list of household chores to be completed, or items to be bought when she next went shopping. But her habit left a lasting impression and I have to confess that I am a listaholic. Here is a list of five things I make lists about.
1. The books I read. I write them in a notebook or diary but also keep a digital list on Goodreads.
2. My goals for the week. These are written in my diary. I try to ensure I don’t make too many goals each week so I’ve got a better chance of achieving them, but it doesn’t always work.
3. The things I need to do. I used to write these in a notebook but I now use the Errands app on my phone. Check it out if you’re into To-Do lists and tracking – it’s great.
4. The projects I’m working on (knitting, sewing, writing, art, running and anything else I’m interested in). Because I sometimes put a project down for a few months, I also list the next steps for each project so I can more easily return to it.
5. Random lists that have been prompted by other people. For example, five things I love about snow or five things I want to teach my children.
Are you a listaholic? What do you write lists of?
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I’ve had a few things on my mind recently: the kind of things that make you think you’re a bit crazy and not like anyone else so you bottle them up and keep them locked inside. Then it gets to the point where you can’t hold them in any longer and you have to find someone to share them with.
So I mentioned my situation to three different people: three people who look like they’re leading normal, healthy, problem-free lives, only to discover that they all are or have been in a similar situation. Who’d have thought it? I’m not alone.
Remember, whatever you’re going through, you’re not the only one.