You know those times when you have a day that should have been a really good day–and it WAS a really good day–but then one person says one pissant thing and bursts the whole bubble? And you keep telling yourself “Let it go! Let it go! That’s about them, not about you! Kumbayah, My Lord, Kumbayah!” but your mind floooooooaaaats back to that meanness? And by the end of the day you think you’ve forgotten about it but as soon as you sit in the car and take a deep breath before turning your mind to what to cook for dinner and who has homework left to do…then all of a sudden you’re CRYING? And it’s not sad crying, it’s MAD crying? Then 20 minutes later you’re back to thinking about meanness and wondering if you still remember the finer points of rolling toilet paper all over someone’s yard? But you can’t do that because your husband is at a conference and you can’t leave the kids alone long enough to go t.p. some trees…oh, and you’re out of toilet paper? And you can’t take the kids with you because you’d be setting a bad example and besides they suck at being stealthy?
I may or may not have had a day like that today. Mind keeps floating back to meanness. Retaliation. Comeuppance. (That’s twice in a week I’ve used “comeuppance” in a post so I think it might be time for a spa day.)
Days like today, I recall an old Polish Proverb: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” It’s their clever way of saying “Not my problem” at the same time recognizing that life is essentially a circus filled with shit-flinging monkeys. Circuses are fun, but they do smell.
So I made a little picture to unleash my creative side. If you find yourself surrounded by monkeys some day, print this out and tape it above your desk at work. Or home. Depends on the monkeys.