Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Thoughtful Post

When I began this blog, the hardest part was coming up with a name that would accurately convey what the purpose of this endeavor was. I sat for a while trying to decide why I would want to blog in the first place and realized, as I have mentioned before, that I have so much “stuff” (a word I don’t allow my students to use) floating around in my head that occasionally I needed an outlet.

Anyone who knows me in real life has seen me just walk up and begin a conversation as if the other person had been inside my head listening to my internal dialogue. It usually begins with the word, “so.” I even do this on the phone with my brother, mother and cousin. It often sounds like this:

So I was going down the street the other day, when out of the blue a man runs across the road behind the car carrying a backpack dressed like a Ninja sans mask, stopping along the side of the road as he traveled, periodically pretending to check an imaginary watch, crouching and spinning around Ninja-style….

(By the way, this actually happened.)

Because of this style of speaking, I knew that I would have to have my blog be of the same nature, bringing the reader into my head as if they had been there all along. (A little confusing at times I am sure.)

SO today when I was creating my header, my brain began to wander off into the meaning of the word “just.” I looked it up and according to

The first meaning had never crossed my mind: 1) joust (archaic) – Having never jousted, I don’t think that is what I meant.

Next: 2) Reasonable, fair, righteous (adjective.) Although I hope I am those things when working, I don’t find myself to be to reasonable nor righteous in my thinking, driving 80 miles an hour to overcome an hour and half delay in my trip due to my forgetfulness, saying pseudo-curse words under my breath at the rancher who is just taking his usual 60 mile an hour trip from his ranch to visit with his good ole boys at the local coffee shop or feed store.

Finally: 3) exactly, precisely (adverb.) There are more, but when I read this one I said….”That’s IT!” That’s JUST the word I was thinking of.

When I get an idea, it has to come out exactly when I think it, or I am unable to precisely express what I wanted to say. This often comes across as abrupt or dare I say, rude to many people, but if I don’t do it, the idea is gone. Gone the way of the dodo bird, never to be seen again. I can’t even stop to write it down because it loses all sense and meaning on paper. The length of time it takes me to find a pencil and pad is usually too long for me to retain that thought.

So there it is - the origin of my title. My brain full of things falling out onto the computer screen for all the world to see, but only shared with a handful of my “closest” cyber friends who are willing to wade through my ramblings that begin as if they had been there in my head all along.

To those wonderful friends, thank you. Thank you for reading and commenting and sharing your thoughts in the same way, helping me realize like I am not the only one out there in the world thinking and feeling what I am.


Anonymous said...

I like the title for your blog, it's perfect.
Thanks for stopping by mine. Holly Hobby? I haven't thought of her in a long time and I know my mom made me a Holly Hobby costume one year and I am quite sure I had a Holly Hobby lunch box at one time as well. Oh don't worry about dating yourself. I about passed out when I realized that Halloween pic I posted was from 28 years ago. Ouch!

avtcoach said...

I totally get it! And I love what comes out of your brain!!! Great explanation!

Sharmaine said...

I hear you!!!
I want to invent a thought funnel... I can pour all my thoughts out of my brain, through the funnel and into a bottle. I would then label the bottle so I don't loose them. I could then return to this thought at anytime in the future and I would have room for more thoughts. The downside to this problem, as I see it, is that there aren't enough bottles in the world for my forgotton thoughts so if I was to market my invention I would need to rethink the storage... You want one? Remind me, when I am rich and famous, and I will give you one of my super dooper thought funnels... If I remember to make one....

McMGrad89 said...

I will field test that funnel as soon as you make it.

MandieGirl said...

So, ;) I think your title is PERFECT! :)

Octamom said...

I have always loved your blog title--probably because this is the way my brain works as well. I'm usually in conversation with myself at all times--and if some unsuspecting person happens to amble by, I can also often start up with a "SO, I blah, blah, blah (dang, I wish I had a ninja story)....

Love reading your thoughts, your ideas--ain't this blogging thing grand?

Hugs and Blessings!

AVT Coach said...

I could not resist. You are such a good writer and I am honoring you with the Super Scribbler Award. Look at my place and see what it is!!

MJ said...

I use and abuse "so" too. I try to be conscious of it but often fail. (I find myself overusing "interesting" in my class).

I would never have thought "just" would be firstly defined in a "joust" context. Dictionary, give your head a shake!

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