Friday, March 27, 2009

Haven't we been here before?

My life is measured, not in minutes or hours, but cycles - high energy, low energy, motivation, rest, focus, randomness, etc.

Right now, in that "pent up awesome energy that's a really good thing but coming through as frustration" cycle.

I blame the equinox.

Serious - the first day of spring was a week ago, and pretty much since then (aside from the self-inflicted semi-bonk state) I've been ready to jump out of my skin and if I could figure out one of those wacky brain wave typewriters from the Tommyknockers I'd have about 50 bazillion blog posts done, instead of the ideas knocking into each other leaving me in a state of 'what was I going to write again?'

And if that run-on sentence wasn't proof enough, I don't know what is.

As I mentioned yesterday, times like this not only lower my tolerance for cr@p, but it also makes hyper aware of it.

I also blame the 'Mental Cleanse'... because I really think the low tolerance is tied to pushing out the negative to make room for the positive.

I know a couple of you have asked about it, so here's a little info on it. In essence, like any undertaking, it's making the commitment, for the next 30 days, to allow nothing but positive thoughts, words and deeds in your life.

It means stopping the tape that plays in your head that tells you that you can't do something, that you're not good enough so why bother, that you're destined to be fat, or you don't deserve to be happy.

It also means not griping about every little thing, not joining in the office gossip, and only using empowering, encouraging words to people - including your family (had to include this! How many times have we treated total strangers better than we treat our own family?)

Easier said than done, no?

Taking baby steps, it can be done. Trust me... granted it took me a long time to realize I needed to do it, and then some time to figure out what worked for me, but eventually, it came together.

One big thing that helped: No news is good news! I turned off the TV news, switched the radio station when the news came on, cancelled my paper subscription and never looked back.

Find what makes you happy and focus on it - Do you love music? Play it!! Loud! (well, loud-ish, depending on the situation) Start your morning with your favorite song! Do you love to read? Pick up that book (heck, you're not watching the news, so you have time ;) Got an iPod - there are TON of awesome pod-cast! Drop me a line for a list of my faves... Affirmations!!! Even if it's one, put it on a post it note and start saying it to yourself over and over - out loud or in your head. Before meals, use it as your prayer.

I'll wrap up by pulling an 'old school' quote out for you:

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out!!!

Loves that Timothy Leary! Granted, his methods were... unorthodox at best, but he had one thing right:

Turn on your brain, tune in to the world around you, and drop out - stop relying on others for your happiness, and explore your singularity.

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Diane said...

Musings of a FINE mOnkey. Why mOnkey?

Lady Rois said...

Remind me to tell you the story about how I got the nickname mOnkey next time I see you. :)

Diane said...

so you want to lose weight, Ms Kelly? Tell me why.
to be healthier and live a more active, longer life!
because I feel ethically obligated to live long and healthy and active for my man.
So weight/size is a non-issue in social situations.
because you have pre-Diabetes and can reverse it!