A few times a week my wife Mona texts out a “question of the day” to all her friends. The most recent one was, “What is your superpower?”
Most people demurred or responded with a joke. My answer was, “I can do things even when I don’t want to.” I’ve lived with depression my whole life, so that was an important skill to master.
Mona told me, though, that I actually have a different superpower: I can recognize when people’s minds are stuck in a loop, and I can pull them out of it.
I hadn’t realized that about myself, but that is something I’m pretty good at. Sometimes a slightly different perspective is all that’s needed; focus on something different, then come back refreshed.
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” ~Cpt. Jack Sparrow
I wish I could do it for myself.
Songs about rain:
- I can’t stand the rain by Ann Peebles (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Have you ever seen the rain? by Credence Clearwater Revival (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Raindrops keep falling on my head by B.J. Thomas (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- I wish it would rain by The Temptations (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Raining in my heart by Buddy Holly (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Rainy night in Georgia by Conway Twitty and Sam Cooke (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Rainy days and Mondays by The Carpenters (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Kentucky rain by Elvis Presley (YouTube Link)(lyrics)
- I love a rainy night by Eddie Rabbitt (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Into each life some rain must fall by The Ink Spots (YouTube link)(lyrics)
- Summer Rains by The Ditty Bops (YouTube link)
- I can stand a little rain by Joe Cocker (YouTube link)(lyrics)
I didn’t include the song by Prince because I don’t like that one, or the one by The Who because I realized it was actually a homonym.
In this article on burnout by Emily Guendelsberger, she discusses how research scientists induce depression in rats:
It turns out you don’t need to traumatize them. The most reliable protocol is “chronic mild stress.” There are many methods of making the lives of experimental animals mildly but chronically miserable– a cage floor that administers random electric shocks; a deep swimming pool with no way to rest or climb out; a stronger “intruder” introduced into the same cage. One neuroscientist actually nicknamed his apparatus the Pit of Despair.
But they’re all variations on the same theme: remove all predictability and control from the animal’s life. Then take notes as they gradually lose interest in being alive.
You can read the full article HERE.
“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary: put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.” ~Linji Yixuan
“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” ~Kurt Vonnegut
The “otherkin” are a unique group. They’re defined as “a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human.”
I kind of like that idea.
I was reading an article about elephants, and how their brains are wired almost exactly like humans, and it suddenly struck me how species-centric that view is– you could just as easily say it is we who are wired like them.
So maybe we’re elephants in a human body, at least some of us.
Maybe the “otherkin” are on to something.
“If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are.” ~Anonymous
(This was originally credited to “Zen Proverb,” but I’m leery of such general attribution. If this were really part of the Zen canon, I would expect a more specific source. But whoever said it, in whatever context, I like it.)