Things to do instead of be crazy: Rearrange the furniture

The other day I woke up in a bad mood. Like, immediately upon staggering out of bed and into the bathroom. When I dropped my toothbrush I scornfully called it stupid. When my man tried to have a pleasant conversation with me about what was going on that day, I glared at him. When I went to Costco, 90 percent of the people I saw got called “dummies” in my head. It was bad!

This is not normally how I go through the world. I am more of a let’s-sing-with-the-birdies-like-in-Cinderella type, trailing rainbow glitter in my wake wherever I go. Or, you know, something like that. So when I’m in a bad mood, it’s jarring. On top of the bad mood I get a layer of, “Something is WRONG with me! I am NEVER like this! UGH ANXIETY!”

So, I gave myself Friday evening off from my brain. What I did was (a) get a leeetle bit drunk on hard cider and (b) listen to Greg Proops’s podcast (soooo effin brilliant) and (c) rearrange my studio. Basically I just tried to turn my attention off of my brain onto the organizing and deciding and rearranging that had to be done. And it worked! Yippee!

I’m trying to get into the habit of, whenever I start beating my head on something, just noticing, then stopping and doing something else. It’s tricky but when I can accomplish it, life is much better. In this case, I stopped feeling crappy and worked out a little energy and got a significantly better workspace.

Over time I’m hoping to forge an exhaustive list of things that we can do to avoid being crazy. If you have anything that works for you, do tell!

F. Scott Fitzgerald tells us what is and isn’t worth worrying about

I saw this post on Brain Pickings this morning and felt it cogent to our thesis here at Be Less Crazy: some things are worth worrying about, and some aren’t. I could work on “insects in general” myself … and probably should before I go to Costa Rica this fall!

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about…

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

Things to Be Less Crazy about, Vol. 1

I am super excited about releasing this book, and I have a plan to promote it, but one of the ingredients in that plan is time/waiting which I DO NOT LIKE.

Because I am psyched! An impatient child who hath new robes and may not wear them! Some people are really good at savoring the moments of anticipation before things happen, and I’m better at it than I used to be, but still. This is a craziness for sure!

Stop obsessively refreshing the internet, Madge! Yeesh calm down and get off the computer. 

OK. That’s what I’m going to do now.