This Is What I Look Like Today — Being Positive and Mirrors and Places

This is what I look like as you read my post!

This is what I look like as you read my post!

I wish I’d learned the fine art of juggling.  Seems to me, I’m always juggling emotions, decisions, practicalities, and deep philosophical thoughts — all clamoring for attention and supremacy.  Here’s what I do:

Me juggling life!

Me juggling life!

Sometimes I feel like this:

What the *bleep* happened??

What the *bleep* happened??

And sometimes I feel (or want to feel) like this:

A tender, playful kitten with a big heart, fierce when needed, but kindly benign.

A tender, playful kitten with a big heart, fierce when needed, but kindly benign.

Then there’s this, an old cartoon that made me laugh, so I scanned it and saved it:

I yam what I yam!

I yam what I yam!

Personal Segue:  After I’d been with my (psychopathic) wife for a good while, I realized something was off.  At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but then it dawned on me — she didn’t have any mirrors in her house!  Well, okay, a little hand-held mirror, but none on a medicine chest in the bathroom (no medicine chest at all!), and none in the bedroom at all.  None to be found.

This wasn’t because she wasn’t vain.  She spent a lot of time changing her look and her hair color (see previous posts), and applying make-up or complaining about the streak of gray in her hair that I actually thought was pretty.

Since she only had the hand-held mirror, and it was never left in the same place — usually on the window sill in the kitchen I later discovered, I hadn’t seen my own reflection for weeks or months.  I’m not vain for sure; just a simple jeans and t-shirt kind of guy.  But before I go out, I do like to make sure I don’t have a big splotch on my shirt or some other egregious fashion faux pas.

Recently, I was chatting with an old friend in England on Skype, and toward the end of the 2-hour conversation, she mentioned that my t-shirt was backwards — and oh, it was wrong-side-out, too!  Huge belly laugh I’ll never forget!

With the lack of a mirror at my wife’s house, and not seeing my own reflection for weeks / months, it added to the sense of skewed reality, and compounded the confusion of the escalating abuse.  I asked my wife’s permission to get a full-length mirror, and we (I) bought one for something like £5 at a cheap store.

Having the mirror made me feel a little better.  I couldn’t help but notice how her four children stood in front of the mirror, seeing what they looked like in full body appearance for perhaps the first time.  How odd to have children grow up with no conception of the physical space they occupy!?!?  I don’t think my wife wanted a real mirror because she didn’t want to see what she is, and she wanted to keep her children under her spell.

Back to the Point:  So I’m juggling various thoughts and projects and decisions, and I think that laughter and learning to love oneself is key to healing.  For some time, I’ve wanted to do a post on funny place names (I’ve done a short one on Heaven and Hell before, you can search for it in my blog).  But in particular, I wanted to do a humorous post about what the residents of certain places are called.

I live in Greenbelt, Maryland, and residents are called Greenbelters.  I grew up in Little Rock, and I have no idea….?  Little Rockers?  There’s a town in Illinois called Normal.  What do you reckon?  I don’t think I could live there!!  (Question to ponder:  What’s the definition of “normal”?)  There’s also a town in Pennsylvania call Mars.  Martians?  I might fit there!

I’ll save the whole post for some other time, but if you would like to see Wikipedia’s complete list of unusual place names and try to figure out what the residents are called, look here.  Do be warned that some of them are “mature” — not for the faint of heart.

On a slightly different tangent, I found this blog article (or rather, I wondered about the idea and L found the blog).  It’s about generating creative affirmations.  I’m not big on positive affirmations of any kind.  Deep wounds take a long while to heal.  Still, as the Tesco slogan says, “Every little helps!”  There’s a link for generating creative affirmations at the click of a button.  Try it here.

On the other hand, you might like the Random Funny Sentence Generator.  Be warned though — it appears that some of the sentences might also be “mature.”

Laugh, juggle, love yourself, and roar like a lion!  Sing it to yourself….

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2 Responses to This Is What I Look Like Today — Being Positive and Mirrors and Places

  1. maggyann says:

    I laughed out loud Terry because that was exactly! how I would have looked if the laptop screen was a mirror – liked that and the Popeye very good. PS I wouldn’t fit into in Normal either nor would I want to methinks. :)- my definition of ‘normal’ is the default state of not realising there is any other state.


    • DogDharma says:

      Hi, Maggie! 🙂 I’m glad I gave you a laugh! I’ve had that old Popeye cartoon for almost 20 years — from back in the day when people would actually *read* newspapers and magazines on paper rather than online. I’d scissor out the ones I thought were funny, and I used to keep them taped to a spot on my wall. Now they sit in a musty folder. I should get them out and scan a few more. *yawn!* A lot of work to ponder!

      Albert Camus said, “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” Too lazy, I guess! 🙂


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