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Cures for The Cranky

I've been feeling rather . . . out of sorts . . . lately.  

(Actually, downright cranky.)

I suppose it's the slowness of spring.  And the incredible slowness of healing.  

I'll get through it, this Cranky Phase.  Yoga helps.  Journaling.  And poetry.


If I Wanted a Boat

I would want a boat, if I wanted a
boat, that bounded hard on the waves,
that didn't know starboard from port
and wouldn't learn, that welcomed
dolphins and headed straight for the
whales, that, when rocks were close,
would slide in for a touch or two,
that wouldn't keep land in sight and
went fast, that leaped into the spray.
What kind of life is it always to plan 
and do, to promise and finish, to wish
for the neat and the safe?  Yes, by the 
heavens, if I wanted a boat I would want
a boat I couldn't steer.

----Mary Oliver, Blue Horses


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Hopefully this weather does a quick turn into spring because I too am so over the cold! I also hope that you are all healed by the time the weather warms. :)


Oh how I love that poem, it reminds me to enjoy this hard to steer thing called life!


When my kids were little, the pediatrician used to tell me that their crankiness was normal and to be expected before growth of some sort - a new tooth coming in, learning to crawl or walk, or when they were starting to talk. That helped me through some really irritable days (and nights), and it's something I still tell myself when I notice my own tetchiness. You're right, you will get through this phase, with some spring growth and healing!


Bonny's comment is so helpful--when we go through these grumps--we come out in a better place--at least most of us do. Mary Oliver's poetry definitely helps!


What a beautiful poem. Here's to some sunshine to brighten your spirits. And a delicious red.


I love that poem. A bit restless, perhaps?

Sharon R.

I understand the crankiness. I'm always cranky when I come back from the south to find dirty piles of the remnants of winter and to experience cold rains. Yuck!


I get it with the cranky, it happens to me, too. How's the PT going?


Thankfully, I've been very busy helping Kate with her project, but spring does seem very slow this year (though I think it's arriving with fairly average speed). Next week... I could be singing the blues with you. ;)


hope your mini-break with Erin has helped! (and that y'all have spent a little bit of time just "being")

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