In my ongoing journey toward positive change of the personal variety (you already know of my professional struggles), I've decided to do some exercises in introspection. Below are two lists of qualities/aspects of life. The initial list was written using my memory of childhood as a perspective. It contains ten words I thought related to childhood, which is in my opinion a state of mind where a lot of happiness comes from. The other is my less positive psyche's interpretation of the first list...
Hopeful Aubrey (Inner Child)
1. Innocence: Hang-ups, Issues and prejudice be gone
2. Wonderment: Appreciating the everyday as well as the unique
3. Imagination: Magic exists where life isn't based solely on rules
4. Joy: Pure and unfettered, regardless of past or present
5. Discovery: Adventures in experience
6. Optimism: You can, and will...
7. Home: Safe, welcoming and loving
8. Holidays: Festivities, fun and enchantment for all
9. Freedom: Unchained from worldly worries and responsibility
10. Immortality: An end, so far off as to be unimaginable
Cynical Aubrey (Inner Old Man)
1. Debauchery: Boobies and doobies and booze, oh my.
2. Complacency: Nada nu: Aubreyese for sick (of) home; evil stepbrother of homesick
3. Pragmatism: Magic? How bout making these damn bills disappear, Houdini?
4. Joy: Tainted and finite; as misery, pre-experienced or anticipated, is often used to define it
5. Discovery: A television channel featuring crazy Australians getting attacked by dingoes
6. Realism: If you could have, you would have
7. Home: Double locked, close to work and affordable
8. Holidays: Crowds, fruitcake, insatiable children and the empty wallets they leave in their wake
9. Slavery: Bills, bills, bills... Can't live with em'... Won't die without them
10. Death: Aches, gray hairs and suspicious lumps...reminders of your future as compost
After reviewing the lists, I decided I must find a way to successfully marry these two states of mind. They're definitely both a part of me, but they tend to take separate turns in the control room. One allows me to experience the beautiful things that life has to offer and reflect on them in a way that has personal meaning. One keeps me safe, out of trouble and (usually) gainfully employed. Lately I feel this duality has gotten a little one-sided in favor of the cane-shaker, and is consequently making a crap situation that much more unpleasant. Scrooge is depriving me of what little joy that is available to me at this juncture in my life. He's a sour, cantankerous bastard and I wish he would learn to lighten up or go away.