Significant Stuff

April 16, 2010

“Lighten up.”

When you say that, aren’t you assuming that I feel burdened?

What is it about my attitude that makes you think I feel burdened?  I know, that’s not a fair question to ask.  It’s really confrontational.  People love talking about themselves (hey, I obviously do it all the time) but talking about the other person is hard.

How about “Get off my back.”?  How about “Let he who is without sin…”?

I didn’t start out this morning angry, but I’m working up a good head of steam.

Maybe I should lighten up.


Susan Scot Fry

Update…  Okay, that lasted about as long as it took for me to find the happy face picture and press Publish.

I tried to get a head of anger up, but failed miserably.

C’est la vie!


3 thoughts on “April 16, 2010

  1. Wow. Totally feeling the same way today — definitely wishing this was one of the (few) days available to me where I could choose to cloister myself. I am not fit for polite company. I hate being told to “lighten up” — it feels like an invalidation of whatever it is I am, apparently, feeling heavy about. Grrr. Mercury goes retrograde technically tomorrow — but, we’ve been feeling the effects of it since the 10th — and this has been one of the Mercury-retrogradiest-feeling retrogrades ever. Don’t usually let that kind of stuff faze me, but this time? This time, I am truly feeling like I could run, rabbit, run and go for cover and stay there. Hope your day improves. (Hope mine does, too).
    ~~ Carolyn


  2. It’s hard to work up that steam when something flips your humor switch.

    I have a friend who gets really stressed, but even more so if you tell her to calm down.

    As I get older, I have to remind myself there are some things really worth getting worked up about, even if getting worked up itself is less attractive than it was.


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