Then you are contacted by a licensed sex therapist asking to collaborate on a book exploring the female perspective of Robert Greene’s powerful book The Art of Seduction, you receive a call asking if you can turn up at the local radio studio for a five minute piece on Klingon and you realise that you have to pick out a wardrobe for the evening, where you will be reciting poetry in front of a huge crowd.
Some people find that craziness is an occasional visitor in their lives. Others attract absurdity like electromagnets. On a personal note, I’m one of the latter – and have been since 1992.
The proverb “May you live in interesting times” is supposed to be a curse. And for many, it probably is – when simple errors turn what should have been a perfectly routine day into something resembling the John Cleese movie Clockwise, a lot of people become extremely angry. A few have even been known to lash out at inanimate objects or passers-by, and that is most unfortunate for business and social life.
As someone for whom craziness is not only par for the course but a welcome regular visitor, here are five coping strategies for those of you for whom unexpected and absurd situations are rather less forgiving.
When you breathe, your chest expands. Your posture straightens. Oxygen levels increase to the brain, enabling it to think more clearly.
Take some water. Even if it comes in the form of tea, coffee or some sort of fruit juice, drink something aqueous and non-alcoholic. Alcohol depresses the centres of judgment, and you will need all your wits about you.
When faced with multiple stimuli or absurdities, your adrenal glands are probably working overtime, and all sorts of unwanted hormones are surging through your body, taking your brain’s resources away from thinking about getting through the craziness. Instead of devoting those cranial resources towards feelings, focus instead on one positive thought.
Whatever that thought is, keep focused on that goal.
Typical goals could include:-
– getting through the storm to get home to your Significant Other
– that casserole you left to cook slowly in the crock pot this morning, whose aroma you can virtually smell right now
– how much money you stand to make from all of this
– this will make a great chapter in your memoirs
– if you can get through this, you’ll have coped with something that lesser men couldn’t
Article 8 of The Code of Ananda
There is an old saying. “Humour Cools The Blood. Wrath Spills It.”
Laughter is recognised by almost every lightworker, spiritual healer and guru as the most powerful tool in their arsenal to banish what they perceive as the forces of evil. The most hideous of neuroses and insecurities can lodge firmly in the minds of individuals who have no ability to laugh at the world, and most particularly no ability to laugh at themselves.
If you cannot laugh, then at least smile through the insanity, even if it is a Wednesday Addams grin.
Which brings to mind the final coping strategy …
Article 10 of the Code of Ananda is “A Fool feels no fear. A Sleeper remains shackled by it. A Master transcends it, yet recalls its wisdom. It is good to be afraid: It is folly to bow to terror.”
When faced with clashing absurdities, it is a typical response to experience fear. Fear is a demotivating influence, however, because if you are overwhelmed by your fear, you might let baser instincts take you – you might give in to your addictions and curl up in a corner, or lash out on the aforementioned innocent inanimate objects and bystanders.
Even the best of us feel fear and doubt. But the best of us do not yield to the fear. Rather, we turn the fear into a tool, whose function is to keep our perceptions sharp, our thoughts clear and our presence of mind at its peak.
In a transcendent state of mind, you can experience and even enjoy the feelings of fear, and put the negative associated urges to one side, and – with full mindfulness of your surroundings – dive into the crazy situations with a passion.
Yield to the insanity. Bow to the absurd.
You’ll note that those five coping strategies are not numbered. There is a reason. Don’t take it to heart that you need to apply all of them, or that you have to use them in this particular order.
You can even come up with a sixth or seventh coping strategy, if you like, and use that. The two caveats you should always follow are:- Is the strategy kind? and Is the strategy positive?
Keep your attitude positive. Think of active things to do, rather than actions which are negative and shying away.
And keep your attitude kind – kind to others, swept along for the ride, and kind to yourself, admitting your fears and potential for making mistakes.
The late, great Sir Charles Chaplin once said “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.” In taking the coping strategies in your stride – breathing, hydrating, focusing on a single goal, learning to laugh and yielding to the spirit of the time – you will see the world in long-shot, rather than in close-up.
And as any Shakespearean character would tell you, is better to have lived in a comedy than in a tragedy.
About The Author
Alex Greene is someone who copes with absurd situations (such as those listed at the start of this article) as a matter of course. He has given up all hope of living what others call a “normal life,” and is just here to help others along who might still be floundering in this topsy turvy world.
His blog, Inductions, offers his perspective on self-improvements. He has written on coping with Mondays and Fridays, he has offered his insights on trust in life and in business, and this site has a self-improvement sampler which is very hypnotic.
Contact Alex through the Inductions website.
Excerpts from The Code of Ananda, courtesy of Phil Brucato. Pic source: Reuters.
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