“Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.”
- Leonard Cohen
“I believe God is love. It makes total sense to me that Jesus would have to be the son of God, because people would want love to be like unicorns and rainbows, and so then you just send Jesus. And people go, “Oh my God, love is hard. Love is sacrifice. Love is eating with the sick. Love is trouble. Love is rebellious … Love is not easy. Love is not hearts and bows. Love is very controversial … Love weeps.”
“I guess I wouldn’t believe in anything any more if it weren’t for my lucky astrology mood watch.”
- Steve Martin
I came back to work today after vacation and found this chart taped to one of the studio doors. Click here for the big-ass version.
Instead of actually working, I spent way too much time finding which of my beliefs dehydrationstation has found to be irrational nonsense.
While I’m not a Scientologist, according to this chart I am a total nut.
Oh well. If I learned anything from the Beastie Boys it’s that one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor (that and to never rock the mic with the pantyhose).
How about you?
In the spirit of Otherlyness I’d love to hear what you believe. What kind of irrational nonsense keeps you truckin’ or keeps suckin’ you in? What gives your life meaning? What do you suspect is true even though you can’t prove it? Maybe your life has no meaning except to fill it with as much pleasure as possible before you fade into eternal nothingness.
Hey, if your favorite irrational nonsense isn’t on the chart, we can help dehydrationstation update this work in progress. Email your additions or corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was just going to be a little trim. He was so fluffy!
Two hours later my dog was Dobby from the Harry Potter movies.
Just look at that sad, scrawny puppy. What you can’t see in the picture are the nicks and the fur on the legs I couldn’t get with the clippers. Now when my dog stands up he looks like those skinny chicks in giant fuzzy boots that sasquatch around in the winter (even in Florida).
I’m posting this picture as a reminder of what perfectionism does. It takes an innocent idea and mutilates it until it becomes an unattainable goal. A simple haircut quickly turns into a statement about my competence and value as a person.
“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.” – Brené Brown
One more snip. Nope, not quite right. The anxiety grows. Argh! The fur isn’t smooth there. Maybe the 1/4 inch guard on the clippers will clean that up. Anger. If I don’t make this look good, my family will hate me!
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.” – Anne Lamott
The twisted thing is that in the end, the innocent idea isn’t the only thing mutilated. The desire to get your task just right keeps you picking at the damned thing until it leaves a scar. Perfection is destruction.
“Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” – Brené Brown
By the way, I just got my book back from my editor. Just a few more tweaks and it’ll be ready for you to read in no time.