77. The World Has Gone Mad!

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here”.

One of my favorite quotes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.   Sometimes it truly does seem that the world has gone mad!  People are behaving dreadfully.  People who ought to know better.  Tweeting things they shouldn’t be tweeting.  People are being fired right and left.  Global warming,  fake news, and news you wish were fake, shootings here and there and everywhere.  The list goes on and on.  The world seems to be in a bigly ( I know, but apparently that’s a word now ) amount of trouble.  Has the world gone mad,  or has it always been a bit mad?   After all, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865.  The term, “mad as a hatter”, dates back to 1829.

I recently started listening to a podcast called, Lore.  I am hooked on it!  If you want to check it out,  you can find it on Spotify,  or iTunes.  There are also some episodes that were made into a show available on Amazon.  Many of the stories on Lore suggest that the world has always been a bit mad.  It seems that there are plenty of stories out there of mad,  crazy behavior from people dating as far back as you can go.  There have always been plenty of mass murderers.  Many,  many of them were women,  as it turns out.  While this isn’t exactly good news,  it does provide evidence that maybe things in this world really aren’t any worse than they have ever been.

I believe that the world you live in is the one you help create.  If you believe in the boogie man, and that he is out to get you, that’s probably what will happen.  Or at the very least, you will live your life always expecting something bad to happen at any time.  On the other hand, if you believe that people are mostly good, and there are always going to be a few bad eggs, then, that is what you will experience in your lifetime.  I believe the Universe / God is always looking out for me, and that is what I experience.  Example.  I recently started an Etsy store called,  Zuzues Petals.  I do this because I love doing it, not because I am making a lot of money off of it.  I listed a couple of old oyster tins I had come across.  I checked them out on eBay, and one seemed to be going for a decent amount of money.  So, I decided to list it on Facebook Marketplace, and Ebay as well.  Right away, I had an inquiry on Marketplace asking if I could come down on my price any.  I said no,  because it was quite rare, and selling for more on Ebay.  Then, I got to thinking, maybe I should have just taken a little less.  After all, I didn’t know if I would even sell it.  So, the next day, I contacted the person again, and offered to come down by $25.  The person said, that after I declined to change my price, they bought something else and didn’t have the money to spend right now, so they were no longer interested.  That was that, I thought.  But, later that night, I received an offer from someone on eBay, asking if I would more than I had listed it at, if they would buy it now?!  Of course I said yes, and by the next morning, I had a notice in my email that the payment had been made!  I had sold the tin for $100 more than I would have, had I sold it a day earlier.  The Universe / God was there, as usual, helping me out!

That help may not always seem so great.  It may not always seem to be in our favor.  However, no matter what the circumstances, I believe you are in the situation you are meant to be in at that moment.  You just have to trust that everything is going to work out.  You may not always understand it, but I don’t believe in coincidences.  Everything happens for a reason, good or bad.  Example.  I got married at an early age.  It didn’t seem that odd, to me, at the time, but looking back, eighteen years old is pretty young to get married.  You might think that a marriage at that age would have little chance of lasting.  Back in the day, a lot of people assumed that I must be expecting, as those were the days when people got married when they got pregnant.  Well, that wasn’t the case.  I am still married, 33 years later.  Twenty-one of those years have been living with ALS.  So, I’ve always thought that it was all part of the big picture, or the plan.  We found each other, and started our lives together a little earlier than most people would have, because the Universe / God knew that life would get tough for us soon, and we needed some extra years of normal life.

So , even when the world seems to have gone mad, don’t worry, everything is going to work out!

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64. There Is Only Yes

There is only yes.  That is the way the world works.  It might have been nice if someone would have included this in my elementary school curriculum!  Why does no one  mention this?  Maybe that’s one of the long forgotten truths known to the people of biblical times.  I always thought that people of that time must have known things that we don’t know today.  You know, like the answer to how the pyramids were built.

Your life is made up of what you give your attention to.  All that you give your attention to,  both the things wanted and unwanted.  If you think about it, and put your focus on it, the Universe says yes, and you bring it into your reality.  Now, it is more complicated than that, but it is also just that simple.  It is not immediate,  for one thing.  Just because you think about cancer doesn’t mean you are getting cancer.  And, if you focus on getting the chair in front of you to move without picking it up and moving it, it really won’t move by itself!  Believe me, I’ve tried (you know because of the whole lack of muscles issue I have)!

The trouble begins when you decide what you don’t want, and don’t want it so much, that all you do is think about how much you do not want it, and put all of your attention on the thing that you really, really, really don’t want!  You may find yourself thinking about things that you don’t want, because, after all, you can’t know what you do want, until you know what you don’t want!  The Universe listens to you and sees what you are giving all your attention to, and it manifests in your life.  But, it is so very hard for us to not focus on the here and now, when it is so prevalent.  I do not want to be sick, but when I am feeling bad, and my illness seems to be in every aspect of my life, it is all I put my attention on.  It is hard to think about anything else.  If you have very little money, and all you want is more money… but all you can think about is how it is not fair that you work so hard, yet have little money… and you wish you had money… and you have never have had enough money…  and you have so many bills… and you need a new job, and if you could get a better job, maybe you could get more money, etc..  You are focusing on your lack of money.  You are focusing on what is.  You need to focus on what is, less of the time.  You can’t focus on what is in the present moment if you don’t want what is in that moment.  Does that make sense?  If you are able to put your attention on how great it will feel to have all the money you need, then your money will eventually come to you.  It doesn’t mean the money will magically fall from the sky (or maybe it will).   But, maybe you will suddenly come across a better paying job, and you will get hired.  Or maybe you will win the lottery.  You won’t know how the Universe will send money your way, but it will.  I know, it has happened to me.  I have literally had money appear out of blue.  Not just once, but several times, and all in different ways.  Now, if I could only get the good health to appear!  I know I’m on the right track, because I have survived for many years past what doctors told me was possible.

If this all sounds crazy to you, then don’t do it.  It’s that simple.  If your life is great, and you wouldn’t change a thing, then you must be doing something right.  But, if there are things you want to change, then focus on what you want to happen.  I believe life doesn’t have to be all struggle, and hard work to get what you want.  It can be as simple as focusing your attention on what you want to show up in your life.

60. Trust In The Process Of Life

Life knows what it’s doing,  we just have to have trust in it.  That’s the tough part for us.  Animals seem to have it down,  but we humans like to be in charge at all times.  Trust is a hard thing for most of us.  Life runs pretty well all on its own,  we just need to give it the space to do its thing.

I am trying to do that today.  Today,  because today my mom went to the hospital, very sick.  The local hospital which I have very little trust in.  But, I have to remember that the Universe / God /The Great Spirit has her back.  All I need to do is ask for healing (more to make myself feel good than God needs reminding),  and trust that it will happen.  I believe all the prayers sent up into the Universe will work.  It doesn’t matter what we ask for,  or how we ask for it.  I don’t think you have to kneel, or follow any certain procedure.  Just the fact that people are thinking about someone can do so much for them.  Sending good and loving thoughts is all it takes to make a difference in any situation.

Trust.  Stop worrying and wondering what might be or might not be.  Those thoughts just drag us down and do no good,  they serve no purpose.  They only slow down the good stuff,  the progress that you want.  Everything will work out,  if we only trust.  We have to remember that our schedule is only our schedule,  not that of the Universe.  We can’t see the future (well, most of us),  so we often don’t know what might be the best for us.  Hold fast to your dreams and wishes.  Think of them with love and happiness.  They will come. Know it.  Trust it.

51. Tell The Story Of What You Want, Not What You Have

When someone asks you how you are,  what do you say?  When someone asks how your day was,  what is your answer?  Do you immediately begin the story of what has gone  wrong in your life lately?  Or, tell the story of what body part is hurting the most that day?  Or, do you talk about the good things that have happened!?  Do you tell them about the exciting things you are doing in your life?  Tell the story of what is going good in your life,  not what is going wrong.  Tell the story of what you want,  which may not necessarily be what you have.   Besides,  most people who ask,  are just making conversation,  and they may not want to spend twenty minutes standing with their cart of groceries in the aisle at Wal-Mart, while you fill them in on every detail of your life,  just because they asked you a question.

You don’t have to lie,  or make up a story.  Just change the way you talk about your life.  The more you focus and talk about the good stuff,  the more the good stuff happens!  Ignore the bad stuff as much as possible.  If you are having a tough time with very little money, don’t talk about how you have more bills than money. Talk about how you are expecting to hit the lottery any day now!  Or,  maybe how you are planning on saving up some money to pay off those bills.  Talk about how you are doing fine,  you will have enough money for everything you need and want, even if it’s not actually true yet.  Think in terms of positive, not negative.  The Universe will eventually catch up with your positive thoughts and you will find your money problems disappearing.  Try it!  What could it hurt?  You might have heard about the actor Jim Carey,  and how he wrote himself a check in 1987, for ten million dollars.  He dated it for Thanksgiving of 1995.  He believed that he would somehow make that much money,  even though he was not a famous actor at that time.  He made a notation on the check that it was for acting services rendered.  He finally made that amount when he was cast in the movie Dumb and Dumber,  in 1994.

If you continue to talk about the horrible job you hate,  and think about it,  the Universe only hears what you don’t want.  When you talk, and think about your medical problems, daily, the Universe hears about how bad you feel.  I don’t really mean literally,  there are invisible ears everywhere listening to everyone.  But, what you think and talk about, you set into motion,  and those things are manifested into reality in your life.  So,  you should talk about what you want to feel like.  Not necessarily what you do feel like.  Talk about the job you want to have,  and what you want in your life.  Thoughts turn into things.  Although,  it’s easier said than done.  I get that. It takes practice.  It takes becoming aware of what thoughts are floating through your mind.

When you think about wanting more money,  are you thinking about how you don’t have enough money?  Or,  are you thinking about how good it will feel when you have the money?  What ever you are focusing on, is what you will end up with.  Pay attention to your thoughts.  Try to notice when you are thinking thoughts about what you don’t want in your life,  and quit!  Try to think in the positive (how you will feel when you have what it is you want), and not the negative (not what you don’t have).

Tell the story of what you want.  People may disagree,  but,  I believe in the theory that focusing and talking about what you don’t want,  is just the way to receive more of what you don’t want.  There has been a war on drugs for as long as I can remember.  It seems to me that the more we have talked about how horrible drugs are and how we need to somehow stop it,  the worse it gets.  First it was just a war on marijuana,  it seemed.  We had the whole, Just Say No, campaign.  Now we have an opioid epidemic.  And, mobile meth labs in Wal-Mart restrooms.  Certainly no one would say that things,  relating to the drug problem,  have gotten better.  They have quite obviously gotten much worse, if you can believe the news reports.  It seems that focusing on the problem with drugs has only led to more of a problem with drugs.  And,  as it turns out, marijuana may just do more good than harm.   It can be used to help people with pain and many health problems.  Who knew?  But, I digress.

Don’t follow the advice in the video above.  I love Heart,  but don’t tell it like it is!  Tell it like you want it to be!  Then expect those stories to become your reality.  Start out small.  If you run into me and ask me how I am doing,  you will probably hear, “okay“, or,  “fine“.  I can’t quite imagine,  “great”  yet,  but I’m getting there!  So, give positive thinking and talking a try.   Let your imagination go and watch what happens!

38. At Least You’re Not A Zombie (if you are, sorry about your luck)

One of my all time favorite shows,  Santa Clarita Diet,  just started its second season on Netflix.   Oh Sheila and Joel,  I empathize with you!  I still say (as I did in my first post about this show) that while our issues are very different, Sheila and I have a lot in common.   At the end of season one,  Sheila found out that there was a possible treatment to help stop her from getting any worse.  Not a cure though.  There are now two possible treatments out there for people living with ALS.  The oldest treatment adds maybe a couple of months to your lifespan.  The newest one,  maybe that or more,  for some people,  for others it may not work at all.  Neither of these treatments stop PALS (people with ALS) from getting any worse,  it just slows the progression,  maybe.   I declined the old option years ago.  The new one would not work for me because it contains Sulfa,  which I am allergic to.  Oh well.  Such is life.  Sheila and her family have to search for their own answers and treatments,  because there are no researchers out there working on a cure for Zombism.  Many of us with ALS look for our own answers and treatments because even though we have researchers out there trying to find a cure,  they haven’t found one yet.  They have had enough time already.  I’m not sure what year the official search began, but the disease was first described as being Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis way back in 1874.

It is close to the one year anniversary of the start of my blog.  My first blog post was about comparing Zombism and ALS,  and about Santa Clarita Diet.  A year later,  Sheila and I are still hanging in there.  Still searching for a cure.  Still adjusting as we need to, to the changes in our life, to keep on keeping on.  We are still laughing,  and crying, along with the craziness that is our lives and our new normal.   Sheila and Joel are still together, surviving as a couple through all the changes in their lives,  as are my husband and I.   I  am pretty sure the divorce rate is even higher for couples when one spouse is struggling with a serious illness or some type of major issue.  If you have a spouse who stays with you after you are diagnosed with ALS, Pica (Google it), Cancer, or some such dreaded disease (Zombism), they instantly become saints in the eyes of pretty much everyone you will encounter.  Especially people who you don’t really know very well.  When they find out you are still married,  you hear an audible gasp,  and maybe even a “wow”!  “That’s so great”,  they will say, “that he/she has stuck with you!”   My husband and I always find it funny that people think anyone deserves praise for not breaking the vows that they took before God,  and usually everyone they know, to stick with their spouse in sickness and health.   I guess it’s just that when you take those vows,  you and your spouse are generally very healthy,  and you are not thinking about what might happen in the future.  You certainly would never guess that one of you might end up with ALS or wake up one day a Zombie.  But, it happens.  If you don’t believe one of those is true,  just listen to episode 26 of my all time favorite podcast,  Lore.

I haven’t seen them all yet,  but so far in Santa Clarita Diet, every episode has a surprise ending.  Similar to ALS,  where every day has a surprise in store.  Not always the good kind,  but not always bad either.  Sometimes things just fall into place for Sheila,  and she finds a new fresh meal where she least expects it.  More often than not,  I receive a surprise at some point in my day.  The Universe/God is always looking out for Sheila and I!   Sheila’s husband sometimes complains that she gets too messy when she eats.  My husband sometimes complains that it takes me too long to chew up my food.  I say it takes the right amount of time for me to not choke and die…one problem Sheila doesn’t have.  You know,  since she’s already dead.   Well, technically undead.

Sheila and I both think that our husbands complain a lot (see episode 4), and they claim that they don’t.  Sheila says it’s okay,  even if Joel complains,  because he gives up so much for her.  Joel says,  it’s not about what you give up,  but about what you get.  I think he’s right.  It’s not about what life takes from you,  it’s about what you get out of your life that’s important.   One thing is certain, Sheila and I are made of tough stuff.  As are most people living with ALS and most Zombies (I assume).  Life throws it’s toughest challenges at us and we do our best to dodge some of them, and survive the ones that hit us.  And,  we try not to complain too much while doing it.