Where Are The Monsters?

Quotes and Notes # 310, September 10

Find the monsters. Give them a name. Pet them and make friends.

Find the monsters. Give them a name. Pet them and make friends.

“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘Here are our monsters,’ without immediately turning the monsters into pets.”—Jacques Derrida—

During a learning period in my life, I found myself with a lot of worries, doubts, and fears that randomly take over my happiness and contentment at any time without warning. Eventually I began to call them monsters. That was many years ago.

As time went by, as the monsters came and went, I learned to name them. I learned that many times the monsters were making a repeat showing and that I had to deal with the same one over and over. I named them Pete and George and Mary Ellen. There were a number of them and they all had their own personalities.

As more time went by, when I would become stressed by a particular doubt or fear, I could recognize that monster and call it by name. “Come here, Louann,” I would say, “let me make you content and send you home.” It worked. I recognized the monsters, knew from whence they came, and knew what it would take to send them home. That turns worry into fun.

Today, share a smile with a worried person.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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Adjust Your Viewpoint and Kill Monsters

Quotes and Notes #229, June 28

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”—Marcel Proust—

We all have inside us the residue of antique judgments, fears, and disappointments that cast a shadow over our current observations. A childhood fear of monsters still makes us cringe years later every time we meet a monster on the street.

There are many new realizations that may be had by re-examining old prejudices. Looking at life from a different point of view can be very interesting.

I’ve noticed that when I share, a lot of people—not all—return the smile.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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