Wonderful Wednesday- Living Through Life’s Little Insanities


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insanity (ɪnˈsanəti)
noun
the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.
extreme foolishness or irrationality.
plural noun: insanities
*Miriam Webster Dictionary

insanity

doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
*Albert Einstien 

Is it then safe to say that if not all, most of us suffer from bouts of insanity? I know I have suffered insanity, both in the definitive sense and Einstien’s term. I’ve had my bouts of irrational and foolish thoughts and actions. I’ve had bouts of repeatedly doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then I came to my senses after realising it was getting me NOWHERE fast and those insane actions were consuming my beautiful life.

If you can identify with any of this then whether you choose to admit it or not……… “We’re all (a little) mad here.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)

This madness, like many other traits, is built inside us, we’re easily adaptable and often adapting the wrong habits. It doesn’t matter how much change you try to bring to your lives, there’s always that tiny doorway that allows you to comfortably slip back into an old habit. You could have a thousand things go right for you, one bad thing happens and the first question that pops into your head is: “Why has this happened to me?” or “How am I suppose to get through this?” Instead of: “How can I move past this challenge?” or “What am I suppose to learn from all this?”

The former is insanity. You may have changed your attitude. You were a positive thinker when everything was going right. Then someone tosses a few nails in your way, you get a flat tire and your whole world falls apart. Or, some bigger change occurs in your life, your company is downsizing and you’re on the redundancy list. I bet that would really get your world turned upside down.

Been there, done that and yeah I flipped through that doorway like Christmas was on the other side but I quickly realised my irrational, foolish thinking and flipped right back to the other side and asked myself: “What’s my next step?”  Another question I asked myself was: “What can I take from this?” Then I went out, got a pedicure and bought a double scoop of coffee amaretto ice cream on a waffle cone. This wasn’t comfort eating, it was rewarding eating. I rewarded myself for reversing that paradigm of thinking when things fall apart I have to as well.

“When things fall apart, you don’t have too. Move on and eat some ice cream”            ~ Etta D. Richards

The negative questions are always easy. Confidence is easily broken. But it’s up to you to break the cycle and maintain the positive changes you’ve made in your life, don’t let one bad experience pull you back into the cycle of insanity. You may ask: “What if many bad things happen?” Well, that’s another story, one that I’m saving for another blog because those so-called “bad things” are a chain reaction to the one so called bad that that happen before. When something goes wrong in their lives, people tend to do is to sit in anticipation of the other shoe to drop……..Chain Reaction! It’s ok to wear that Hatter Hat, just don’t get too comfortable in it.

~Happy Wednesday

©Etta D. Richards

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17 comments on “Wonderful Wednesday- Living Through Life’s Little Insanities

  1. […] of life’s frustration comes from your expectations. You expect things not to work out then get frustrated when they […]

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  2. Been on the insanity train and arrived in a State of Insanity literally. Arrived at the nuthouse aka the Hotel California. No ice cream there or here. I’m lactose intolerant.

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    • EttaD says:

      They do have dairy free ice cream 😉 Been to the Hotel California and it’s a lonely place. But I left without saying !

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      • I enjoy Italian ices and Froze Fruits.
        My stay at the Hotel California was not voluntary. I was committed to the psych ward March 2015 for 2 weeks. Trust me when I say that Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are not diseases a person wishes on themselves. Doctors have given me every type of antidepressant and antipsychotic pills on the market. They don’t work. Also being on a mental ward only makes the situation worse.
        My battle is lifelong and ongoing. No cure.

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      • EttaD says:

        Oh I know institutions meant to cure mental illness don’t work. I don’t think people on the outside understand this, you know I always have discussions about what’s normal and what’s not. I have an uncle that was diagnosed with schizophrenia and he always played that song “Hotel California.” Growing up with him it made me recognise my own depression, the day I decided to NOT do what everyone else was telling me and lead a more spiritual meditative life everything was fine. I’m not perfect but then again who is? Who came up with the definition of normal, maybe people with mental illness are so normal that what makes us crazy are the ones without mental illness telling us we’re crazy! 😉

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  3. […] “The negative questions are always easy. Confidence is easily broken. But it’s up to you to break the cycle and maintain the positive changes you’ve made in your life, don’t let one bad experience pull you back into the cycle of insanity. You may ask: “What if many bad things happen?” excerpt Living Through Life’s Insanities […]

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  4. Love this Etta D!
    I just listened to a seminar from my spiritual teacher John-Roger, where he spoke about being vigilant otherwise we slip back into the old habit that we remember! So cool that you posted on this too.

    The ice cream quote is precious. Love it!

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    • EttaD says:

      You know miles away or far apart, great friends are always close at heart. Had a friend who reached out to me via Facebook on the weekend who said she felt herself slipping but had no idea how to stop. I repeated the Einstein quote to her and told her she could continue with the free pass on the insanity train or she could get off that train and move pass whatever she’s going through.

      Then we both had ice cream. Her on her end, me on mine 😉

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  5. ren says:

    Excuse me, but that quote on insanity… it came from my son. That was one thing he liked to say to me. He does not get to say it as much, anymore.

    Great ‘eat ice cream’ quote!

    “Breaking the cycle” is right! Even though humans do not come with an on/off switch, we are “reprogram-able”!
    …and I want you to know:
    I enjoy reading your blog, Etta. Thank you for your time and the energies that you put into it. I know that many people do benefit from your sharings, for I am one. Keep on inspiring! 😀 ren

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    • EttaD says:

      Hi Ren, thanks for the lovely comment on my blog 🙂 It’s great to know that I inspire people such as yourself. We really do drive ourselves insane doing the same thing repeatedly and expect things to be different. This goes for all aspects of our life, work, relationships, business 😉

      Btw, which insanity quote
      is from your son?

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      • ren says:

        Which insanity quote is from my son? The one you quoted as being from Einstein:

        Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
        *Albert Einstien

        (i said it as a joke. There was a time when he often said this to me) Forgive any confusion…. 😀

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      • EttaD says:

        No, I did two and was wondering which one you were referring because I also posted the one from Alice in Wonderland 😉 My aunt always quoted the one from Einstein so that’s my fav as well. No confusion 🙂 xxx

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