Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Mimisms ~ YUK 101


There are times in your life when external forces beyond your control seek to destroy and steal the peace within. And even though you try, they seem impossible to ignore. People you love get sick, your world goes topsy turvy, and just when you think you can't take anymore, something else happens. When nothing makes sense and in a second everything makes sense and you are left with a truth so startling and irretrievably sad that it makes you physically sick. Have you ever had those moments of absolute clarity about a situation, a person, an unanswered prayer for a loved one or a lingering question in your mind.....and wish the answer had been anything than the one you got?

I do know this. There will be people there to hold you up. Sometimes others swoop in at your most vulnerable point to tear you down but I've learned it's best to hold on to the first group and toss a passing sympathetic glance to the second.

What do you do when the world makes no sense and unsettling things happen despite your every effort to ignore the changing temperature inside your personal peace barometer? Here's what I do.




1. I take a walk


2. I rant to trusted friends who know how to talk some sense into my pencil head. Then I take another walk.


3. I internally DELETE all the junky vibes and move on. Some literally go down in the trash bin of life. If only I had a magic button that would delete all the "yuk" from my life (ie: dirty dishes, flat tires, silly annoyances). Oh wait. I do! I went to college to learn that word ya know. YUK 101. It's a scientific fact that Yuk clogs up the joy.
Who needs that? Click.

4. I put on my shades...
And talk to my best friend Barbara or my sister and others. Their perspective always makes me see things in a new light. They see through my lens. I look through theirs. I usually find another shade to ponder.
Wanna borrow them?

5. I hide in an antique store.

6. And if all else fails....
I go for a drive.

Look what I ran smack dab into.
Sometimes the signs are just so obvious.



*Photography credit: Mimi Lenox*

16 comments:

Cooper said...

Happy Birthday (belated I know).

{{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}

Cogitator said...

Cool shades! Yeah wanna pair!

I walk. Separate myself from all negative vibes. Go to a high place. Listen to music. Ummm cogitate ;)

Mimi Lenox said...

Cooper - Thank you. I felt the hug too!

Mimi Lenox said...

Cogitator - You may borrow them anytime. "Go to a high place. Listen to music. Ummm cogitate."

Why does that not surprise me?

Starrlight said...

Drives are awesome =)

Nevine said...

Lovely and inspiring, to say the least!

Mimi Lenox said...

Starr - I miss them right now. As I told you, not driving is driving me crazy. Whoa. That was deep.

Mimi Lenox said...

Nevine - Why, thank you. Glad you stopped by.

Anndi said...

*nods*

You'll be just fine. Yup.

Dawn (Twisted Sister) said...

Sometimes you can't see the Peace Forest for the trees and you need a sign. I'm glad you found one.

I'm off to sign up for YUK 101 :)

Mimi Lenox said...

Ann - Smile. You know you're right. You usually are...

Mimi Lenox said...

Dawn - You'll love this course! It's working like a charm for me.

Charles Gramlich said...

A walk and a drive do it for me. Great pics.

Mojo said...

I've had considerable experience with YUK of all sorts. And I've finally figured out that there are some things I can do something about, and some things I can't. There are people who will lift you up and people who will drag you down. But my dog, my camera and my truck remain, and when I need to drop some YUK in my wake, I load up the first two in the third one and go see what there is to see. I find that even the ugly parts of the world look good through the lens.

Not the recipe for everyone I know, but it works for me.

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - I hope the doctor lets me drive in a few days. I should warn people first though.

Mimi Lenox said...

Mojo - We all need a delete button.

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