My good good friend, M, gave me The Wise and Witty Stress Solution Kit by Loretta Laroche for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. It includes, among other things, a recording on CD of her speaking at a workshop. She is hilarious. Click this link to read a short article written by her.
She talks about relieving stress through humour and by being just plain happy. She says that instead of reacting to a stressful situation with despair, face it with a ridiculous English accent spoken through pursed lips all while wearing a red feathered boa around your neck. Imagine it. Your car won’t start in the morning, it’s freezing out, and you’re late. Instead of freaking out, turn on your over-acting silly self and say dramatically in a bad english accent: “Ohhhhh God. My car won’t start. Whateeeever shall I dooooo?” And guffaw. Yes, guffaw…loudly.
I love it. After I listened to the CD I was on a happy high for the rest of the evening. Poor G – she had to put up with my crazy mood on the phone. I’m now going to be on the look-out for foolish hats, flamboyant boas, and…a cape. These are necessary tools to aid in getting one’s self out of the perpetual habits of martyrdom, perfectionism, control freakdom, self-pitying, and being a big old BORE!
I’ve been feeling like a bore. What have I had to say for myself lately that’s of any interest? I home school my kids. Yes, that can be interesting. Okay, that is one thing, but what else? At a recent workshop the lady asked us each to state one of our passions (besides homeschooling). I was thankful to be the last in line to answer so that I could have time to think of something.
Passions are supposed to inflame you. Ironically, writing this blog has given me something to be passionate about again. I loved writing as a child, and now I do it daily. Not just here, but in journals as well. Photography is another. I aspire to take better pictures, and, therefore, carry my camera pretty much everywhere I go. I also love spending time on my little musical keyboard. I’m learning Fur Elise.
I’ve been feeling a little down in the dumps about myself lately, but listening to this hilarious lady has woken me up. Sadly, I compare myself to others too often. I’m not as interesting, intelligent, funny, creative, or whatever. She inspires me to stop being such a victim. God – get over myself already!! Turn on the music and dance around wildly. If nothing else, it’ll entertain my kids.
Thank-you again, M, for a wonderfully thoughtful gift.
A question from Loretta Laroche’s book: What are your passions, and are you truly living them?