Posts Tagged With: The Principles of Uncertainty

Day 2359: How do you not go mad?

Maira Kalman, in her wonderful book The Principles of Uncertainty, poses many pithy questions, including the question in the title of today’s blog.

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How do you not go mad?  I do not go mad by

  • sharing my thoughts and feelings,
  • recognizing that “this too shall pass,”
  • looking for the humanity in others,
  • tolerating uncertainty,
  • sticking to my principles,
  • reaching out for help when I need it,
  • working with people who are considered mad by some and realizing that they are often not mad,
  • creating blog posts and songs,
  • doing what I love,
  • seeking shelter when I need it,
  • avoiding the news,
  • spending time with people I trust and adore,
  • pausing to take a breath,
  • moving forward,
  • not sweating the small stuff,
  • looking at the flowering trees in the spring,
  • following signs and directions as best I can,
  • reading wonderful books,
  • going on long walks,
  • listening to music,
  • calming down,
  • focusing on the funny,
  • letting go of worry,
  • recognizing that some mysteries will not be solved in my lifetime,
  • being in the moment, and
  • taking photos, wherever I am.

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Yesterday was my friend Jenn’s birthday, so I did not go mad by texting her those last three photos.

Here‘s what comes up on YouTube when I search for “how do you not go mad”:

 

One of my photos …

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… inspires me to share my favorite Rolling Stones song:

 

Finally, I do not go mad by expressing my gratitude to all who help me create these daily posts and — of course! — to YOU!

 

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Day 2352: How to get ready

Two nights ago, I sang my original song “I Left the House Before I Felt Ready” (and if you’re ready to see that Open Mic performance, it’s in yesterday’s post).

As I was getting ready to write today’s blog post, I thought it might be useful to share some ideas about how to get ready (even when you don’t FEEL ready).

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  • Look up, look down, look all around.

 

Notice any possible danger in your immediate vicinity and “look for the helpers” (thanks to Mr. Rogers).

Take a couple of precious moments, here and there, to reflect.

 

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  • Remember that you can always take a rest, if you need one.

 

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  • When you’re in the dark, reach out for somebody.

 

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  • Remember that there are always new prizes to win and if you miss out on one, don’t have a cow.

 

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  • Take the next achievable step, even in the midst of uncertainty.

 

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  • Recognize  your options, even when it looks like curtains.

 

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  • Remember that new and unforeseen things are around every corner. If you’re ready to play with them,  maybe they’ll even be fun!

 

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  • Keep in touch with your inner child but also remember you can throw an F-bomb, when appropriate.

 

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  • Remember that you’re the expert on when you’re ready.
  • Hydrate.

 

Ready for a song about getting ready?

 

Now I’m going to get ready to leave the house and see Avengers: Endgame. No matter how and when I’m ready, that movie will be playing somewhere, nearby.

How to get ready to leave a comment for this blog?  Just do it!

Ready for some gratitude?  Thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2262: Fancy meeting you here

Fancy meeting you here, dear readers!

Do you fancy an explanation of that phrase, from italki.com?

Best Answer – Chosen by Voting
Imagine meeting you here. In this context, fancy means to form a mental image of something (in your sentence, the something is meeting you here). The phrase “Fancy meeting you here” usually means that the speaker is surprised by the fact that you are here, it was an unexpected occurence.

Fancy that best answer including a misspelling of “occurrence” since that’s a word I can never remember how to spell (and I  just had to look it up using my fancy laptop).

Fancy our meeting all these things yesterday during our weekly shopping trip to the supermarket:

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Fancy meeting a robot at a supermarket!  That fancy spill-seeking robot, named Marty, roamed up and down the aisles, sometimes got stuck, and was hunted by that little girl and by me.  Do you fancy meeting Marty?

 

Some of the workers at that supermarket did not fancy that fancy robot. Fancy that!

Fancy seeing more of my fancy fotos from yesterday?

Fancy the New England Patriots winning another Super Bowl!

I fancy meeting you in a comment, below.

As always, I end with fancy thanks to all who helped me create this post and to you, for meeting me here.

 

 

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