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Let's get the show on the road. Tuesday March 31, 2015

I'm sure that we all have our favourite sayings for getting us going on those difficult days. I would like to introduce you to one of mine – 'Let's get the show on the road!'

This originates from the US at the turn of the 19th century when circuses were touring around. I guess it has stayed in our language with the showing of movies and the continued popularity of the circus and of shows. I remember my mum using it too.

So for me, the show that I must get on the road is that of me, my two teenagers and, of course, the cat.

On mornings with a little flourish I throw back the duvet and get my feet on the ground. From here there is a dressing gown and slippers to negotiate. By this point though I am up, and I am sure many of you will understand how difficult that can be. I am still muttering 'Show on the road' as I make my way to the kitchen, maneuvering teenagers and cat, and setting everyone up so that they can get their shows on the road too. My road is now set up. It may only take me as far as the sofa and then the school run (in the car but I do change my dressing gown to a cardigan and slippers to wellingtons!) but I am on it.

I doubt if the acrobats, clowns and lion tamers of the 19th century circuses thought their rousing call would eventually end up being muttered in a 21st century bungalow by a middle aged woman with an interesting mental health condition. I am thankful to them however for creating it and hope this blog may encourage you to add it to your helpful sayings.

Right, off to keep on my road for today.

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 7:03am

That takes me back to a friend who used to use that phrase!
In fact, phrases are gifts, as far as I am concerned. My mother had many, and often, they provide structure and comfort in a hard- to- handle situation. "Build bridges" ( when dealing with difficult people), has been a recurring ear worm throughout forty years since she first advised me to try that avenue...
Thank you for writing about the origins of "Let's get this show on the road", Sarah. I shall never heat the expression now without being reminded of your good piece. Cheers!

Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 7:05am

Sorry, "hear" not "heat" ( last line) !

Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 7:39am

Excellent Sarah...just remember, you are yourself, Mum, cat owner and now you can add 'juggler' to your repertoire! My mind has gone blank now, but if during the day, I remember some sayings that are normally at the front of my failing mind, I shall write them in! Take care, Karen x

Hopeful One Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 8:02am

Hi Sarah- thanks for that.Mine is " Come on Pippa we got lots to do today".Pippa is my imaginary dog and the thought of it looking up at me with excited eyes wagging its imaginary tail dispels any early morning negativity.

Sarah Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 9:22am

Thank you Sarah your blog came at exactly the right time as I didn't want to get up! Moodscope is an amazing community! So supportive. Sarah ( a different one)

maryblackhill Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 11:06am

And yes, I feel that my life is a circus at the moment - so getting the show on the road is great.

Sarah M Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 11:12am

Thank you everyone for Your warm and true comments about my wee blog. I am glowy about it helping you x and I like the image of the imaginary dawg .... Got my show on the road today with help fromMoodscope so thank you everyone!!

Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 12:14pm

Hi and thanks Sarah,
Life is sometimes just about putting one foot in front of the other..
Best wishes

Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 6:10pm

I know this has. Nothing to di with today's post, but my husband saw this tweet by Giles Brandreth and I thought it could do with being in Moodscope!

Between the optimist & the pessimist
The difference is quite droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut,
The pessimist sees the hole!
Karen :)

Karen :) Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 6:13pm

Lol! Apologies for bad spollings!

Lexi Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 6:22pm

lovely post Sarah! A favorite one of mine to get me going on particularly bad days is "fake it till you make it!"

Anonymous Tue, Mar 31st 2015 @ 6:29pm

Great post Sarah! Mine is "Act as if" ... i.e. act as if I'm coping / functioning normally. My daughter's is "Let's do this!" said really enthusiastically.
Oh and "there is plenty of time, space and energy to do everything I want" - for when I don't know where to start.

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