Hello there! I am dragging this old post out for The Laugh Link with Emily at Have A Laugh on Me. People told me it was funny. Draw your own conclusions.
As a general rule I am usually quite placid and easy going. Consequently it does take rather a lot to really piss me off. So therefore I knew I was going to find this topic extremely difficult. Not much truly riles me. I am languid and sedate. Especially now, as I am slowly becoming proficient at this whole mindfulness marlarkey, you see. So even that barking dog next door, barely ruffles a reaction in me. I am focused in the present moment with impartial non-judgement. I won’t let it bother me. Nope. No way. It’s just a dog barking. ENDLESSLY. Big deal, right?
Similarly, that mountain of lego that seems to multiply and spread to every corner of the house, is just lego. Silly old lego. EVERYWHERE. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve trodden on it. The hours that it takes to painstakingly make sure every single last piece of the crap, erm.. I mean, the lego, is off the floor before you can vacuum, is just another part of life. Impartial non-judgement. Yep, that’s me these days. I get it. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is. Doesn’t bother me AT ALL. If I miss a few pieces and therefore inadvertently vacuum them up, so what? It only means the vacuum cleaner will become blocked LOSE SUCTION AND I HAVE TO FUCK AROUND TAKING IT OUTSIDE AND TAKING IT APART TO SEE WHERE THE PIECE IS STUCK…but, oops, why am I shouting? Sorry. Back to the mindfulness. Breathe. It’s no big deal. This mindfulness is really the SHIZZ. Totally works.
If I slave over a hot stove cooking a wonderful meal for my family only to serve it up to three
ungrateful bastards lovely boys who recoil in horror as if
I had served them dog shit on toast, why should I let it get to me? Especially if, at that precise moment, Micky
Blue Eyes decides to talk to me about something accountant like and tedious
important, saying something like “Blah blah blah spreadsheet, blah blah blah
profit margins blah blah something blah blah”(or at least that’s what I hear),
it doesn’t make me want to poke my own eyeballs out. No way. I’m too calm and
centred for that.
I can sit down to have a cakie and it doesn’t annoy me that it’s bad for me, while boring old broccoli is extremely good for me. Because I’m eating mindfully, so that means I’ll be able to stop after a few mouthfuls. Somehow the whole cake is gone with those few mindful mouthfuls, though. Ahem. Details.
I am totally grounded and centred in the moment. NOTHING bothers me anymore. Now that I am mindful the following things simply never annoy me AT ALL:
· Waiting in queues.
· Vague Facebook status updates.
· Sales assistants who are nowhere to be seen when you need them, but fling the curtains back to the change rooms while hollering “How are you going in there?” when you are half naked.
· My boys endless fascination with Spiderman and all superheroes.
· Ditto their Harry Potter fascination.
· The Voice judges and all of their phoney gushing over the contestants. When Ricky Martin says “you took me to another place” I no longer think, well why don’t you go to that place and stay there, Ricky? Nope. No way.
· Having to share a computer.
· Making a doctor’s appointment and STILL having to wait.
· Making a doctor’s appointment at 8am for the first appointment to avoid the previously mentioned waiting and STILL WAITING.
· The gross unfairness of male grooming and maintenance versus female grooming and maintenance.
Yep, mindfulness has cured me of all of all that annoyance. What a relief Sigh.
So when I went to see a shrink, riddled with crippling anxiety and she suggested this mindfulness crap technique and gave me a cd, which I listened to and some dude implored me in a flat monotone to just let my thoughts drift past like leaves on a stream, it didn’t totally annoy me that I paid $150 bucks an hour for this ABSOLUTE FUCKING CRAP!!! LEAVES ON A FUCKING STREAM!! I’M MORE LIKELY TO IMAGINE MYSELF THROWING THE FUCKING CD AT YOU!! FUCKING MINDFULNESS!! GIVE ME SOME FUCKING VALIUM AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!! YOU TOO, YOU FUCKING STUPID BARKING DOG!! FUCKING SHUUT UUUUUUUUUUUP!
Good lord. Where did that come from? Oh dear. Right then, I’m off to practice watching my thoughts drift past like leaves on a stream. Or, to kick something. One or the other.
Also linking up with The Lounge which is being hosted this week by Rachel from The VeryInappropriate Blog.
What are your pet peeves? Do you 'get' mindfulness?