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The bubble. Monday April 21, 2014

What do we mean by being part of the outside world?

Some days I don't see or experience it at all. It's not that I don't leave the house, usually I manage that if only briefly. It's just that I don't feel part of it. I move around as if floating, feeling unreal and invisible.

I exist in my own bubble as we all do sometimes, thinking our own thoughts, carrying out our own tasks and getting through the day. On a bad day that's all there is to it; get through the day, get my head down at the end of it and hope that tomorrow will be better, especially when it feels like today will never end.

A good day on the other hand is like a wonderful, illustrated manuscript. Full of colour, surprise, adventure and most of all promise. Promise of what might be, what might happen, where my life and my imagination might take me.

Often a good day starts with the weather. If it's bright and the sun is peeping through the curtains then it's much more likely to be a positive day. Conversely if the sky is grey and the day is dark and damp I suspect like many I'm loath to drag myself from my bed.

As often happens though, once forging ahead with the day, the routine tasks and actions take over and the day gets going. Getting out of your safe, controlled environment and into the real world often bursts your bubble. I know that means things can go either way but give it a chance on a bad day and the world might just surprise you. If not, at least the weather might have cleared up by tomorrow and the chance of a good day is higher from the outset.

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Julia Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 7:12am

I like this blog Eleanor as I have good and bad days which I attribute to the quality of sleep I have had the previous night.The weather certainly lifts my spirits on a bad day though.But bad weather never ever dampens my good mood, that feeling of being on top of the world, on a good day. Nothing at all will change that. But these days are rare sadly so I have to rely on good weather and all the things you write about which can brighten a low mood.

Lex McKee Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 8:22am

Perhaps there is a third option. A semi-permeable bubble that lets good 'things' in from 'outside' but acts as a safety barrier to negative events, circumstances and aspects like the weather.
I know this is an exercise in the imagination, but the longer I am on this planet the more I believe that reality leaves much to the imagination.
I use the technique when around my 'energy vampires' - those 'mood hoovers' who such out my life-force! Again, they don't have this power, but only in my imagination. Even if they don't have this power, it feels like they do.
So, in my imagination, I have a special see-through shield that comes down around me. I can breath through this, and every positive 'vibe' can come through it, but nothing negative can penetrate it. I've been surprised at how well it works for me (I add a soundtrack and special effects in my imagination too!)
And here's where I meet you Eleanor on the other side... once I feel safe, even in the presence of those who would otherwise sap my energy, I lift the shield/the bubble and can meet them from a position where I am strong and I am ready.

I love your description of an illustrated manuscript - with all the senses enhanced.
That's a kind of magic.

Richard Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 10:47am

Thankyou, Eleanor. I found this blog helpful today. I'm off for a walk. Like our imaginations, I will see where I end up.
Love, Richard.

Diana Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 12:05pm

Yes - inspired writing Eleanor THANKS; and like Julia I find quality of sleep is important too.
'It is said..." don't sleep during the day, or you wont sleep at night " Maybe this is true sometimes - however, I find that a 'rest' during part of the day, can even ENABLE
good quality of sleep the following night.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Apr 21st 2014 @ 2:49pm

I think your words will have resonated with many people today. The bubble is something many of us recognise: things just can't get through. The world is out there, but we can't feel it. Looking forward to the time when the illuminated manuscript days will return for me. Lovely post; thank you.

heather Tue, Apr 22nd 2014 @ 12:30pm

I can so resonate with everything that has been said except I rather envy you, Eleanor, for being able to get through tasks on a bad day as I am battling with that today knowing that there is much tidying up to do etc. yet spending too much time on the computer, daydreaming and feeling rejected by all for no good reason. Good days are technicolour days full love, vision and serendipity (love that word). I agree that napping is good and I love Lex's bubble which keeps out negativity but lets in positivity. Healers work like this. I went to Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary in Shere recently - beautiful place. Am returning for the Spring Fair on 26th April.
I also agree with Julia that bad weather cannot dampen a good mood but can flatten you on a bad day. Wow the sun has just come out so better try to do a couple of chores and then the big job - making myself respectable to go out ! Great blog - great comments. Thanks.

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