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Strike 3... 4... 5...? Monday January 19, 2015

Moodscope Mary recently spoke about Mr Grumpy, Mr Irritable and Mr Touchy coming to (out)stay when hubby was poorly. Normally good-natured, charming and hospitable, hubby was transformed by being unwell. I'm smiling at the initials of Mr Grumpy, Mr Irritable and Mr Touchy: GIT!

I can be such a GIT. And it really doesn't take much. This morning I've had 5 minor irritations within the first hour. Laughing at myself, I observed that I gave the Universe "3 Strikes" before my patience was exhausted for the day. Why 3? Surely that's a choice?

We joke about going back to bed and starting again. Perhaps that's a form of resetting the "3 Strikes" buffer? Whatever it is, it's a strategy. And it is a strategy that won't get me through today - I'm not going back to bed again so soon!

We've all got our limits. The first hour of the morning is "sacred space" for me. It is important that it goes well and that I don't have too many unscheduled or unwelcome inputs. If truth be told, I'd rather not have to deal with another being in that first hour (no people, no cats). But we are not islands.

So, what to do? Today, I have chosen to return to the most fundamental vocation we all share. I choose "choice" - the ability to choose is the vocation of the human gift of consciousness. Today I choose to bend these irritations to my purpose. I choose to bend them to my will!! I will make them serve me. I choose to blog!

In the past I have waved my puny fist against the sky and told the Universe not to mess with me. It always ignores me and continues to mess with me. Let's try another strategy. Take everything that comes and, as Neil Gaiman says, "make good art". (Or choose to keep making art until you get good at it!)

Yours Pugnaciously.

The Other GIT
A Moodscope member.

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Lex McKee Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 5:33am

ha ha, I needed to read my own blog this morning... way too many hassles within the first half hour! Let's make "Art" people, let's make "Art"! Hoping you all have a great day - even if you have to make it a great day yourself.

Bunnykins Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 8:40am

You've made me smile & feel slightly better about facing the day xx thanks :)

Julia Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 8:59am

The first hour on getting up in the morning is not good for me either. I need time on my own as you say with no one around to actually feel human. Actually I have noticed that 11am seems to be about the right time for me to start feeling better. You made me laugh Lex thanks!

Anonymous Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 10:26am

I always get some strength from re-reading Neitszche. Contrary to popular belief "will to power" was about control over one's own life, not that of others. "I choose to bend them to my will" is right out of there. Well done! NR

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 10:54am

Thanks NR... appreciate the encouragement from you and Julia and Bunnykins!... and now the Sun is shining, which makes such a difference to the day - even if I don't know why!

By the way, if you haven't heard the audio version of "The Consolations of Philosophy" by Alain de Botton [Read by Simon Vance], it's a delight. He covers a little of Neitszche's insights and life story - fascinating for those who, like me, have little background in philosophy.

Fionna O Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 11:08am

We can't change the winds, but we can learn to adjust the sails....

AJC Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 12:17pm

Bloody fantastic...thank U!!!

Julia Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 12:21pm

I shall listen to that Lex. I like Alain de Botton. He says that he hates the first night's stay in a hotel and never sleeps a wink thinking about all the people who have previously put their heads on his pillow and slept in his bed. Not that this is of any relevance to your blog today but just thought I'd mention it I suddenly cheered up too when I saw the sun glinting through a window this morning too. It WAS around 11am.

Julia Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 12:23pm

Early start?? Very early! No wonder you had a lot of hassles this morning. It's funny you commented on your own blog. This must be a Moodscope first.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 12:59pm

How observant, Lex, that you noticed the initials (which was sadly completely unintentional and just proves that a good reader can get more out of a piece of writing than the writer ever put in. Reading as an art form, anyone?). Lovely blog and I love your own comment on it too! Big hugs my friend.

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 1:11pm

Perfect, Fionna, Perfect...

The Entertrainer Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 1:14pm

Isn't it great, Mary, when people find their own gems in something we've said, written or done? I used to have people coming up to me, saying, "Do you remember when you said..." I am convinced I'd never said the content that they'd found helpful, but I was glad they were happy!

Anonymous Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 3:16pm

Hello Lex;

We learnt very early on in our marriage that, not only could we never be in the same room first thing; we couldn't even be on the same floor of the house! The solution? Darling hubby brings me tea in bed with a bowl of muesli, and I don't venture downstairs for a good hour so as not to meet Mr. GIT!

Yes we always have a choice;
to turn away from Mr/Ms (negative) Git to Mr/Ms (positive) Git: Gracious, Intuitive, Truthful (to ourselves about how we are feeling and behaving.
And isn't it so much easier when the sun is shining?!

Thanks Lex

Anonymous Mon, Jan 19th 2015 @ 9:43pm

I took it as it came. It was not as bad as I anticipated. I'm regularly git-faced until around 11ish too... Love from the git above the garage ;-D

Julia Tue, Jan 20th 2015 @ 8:34am

I'm lost here ratg. What was it that you took as it came? It's way before 11am so apologies if i am being thick here. Love Julia x

Anonymous Tue, Jan 20th 2015 @ 9:28am

Just the day...I took the day as it came, it wasn't the best but better than it could have been! Thank you Julia xx :-)

Silvia A Tue, Jan 20th 2015 @ 2:25pm

I think those difficulties after one wakes up can be relate to food taken , at least in some cases. And the liver condition, I mean from the point of view of Traditional Chines Medicine. One can also investigate how he goes to sleep, and some things can be done to prevent it. A massage, some mild exercise, use of salts etc.

Julia Tue, Jan 20th 2015 @ 6:25pm

This is interesting Sylvia A

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