All or Nothing

Over the years, I’ve come to learn that I operate at two levels, All or Nothing.

I prefer All. All gives me the energetic mindset to pursue a goal, get a job done, live my life. Nothing? That drives me insane. I don’t relax well; it’s just not my nature. Even when I’m in a rocking chair, I’m rocking at full throttle, my mind in overdrive. Remember that I call myself word nymph, after the purple-headed wood nymph, which can flap its wings insanely fast.

Every once in a while, I get an unwelcome visit from Nothing. Sometimes, it just pounds on the door until I open it.

A few days ago, I felt a bug coming on. My approach to illness is to beat it down with a club. So I kept working, then through the weekend, I kept all of my volunteer and social commitments, as Nothing nipped at my heels. By Sunday night, Nothing had beaten me into submission.

As I lay in bed with a high fever, feeling like thousands of bees were stinging my epidermis, I worried about my Monday morning blog. But, as Nothing took over my brain, I couldn’t have cared less about the blog. By Monday, it didn’t have a chance, nor did anything else I had hoped to accomplish. I am going to be fine and am so confident of this that I have made new commitments for the latter part of this week and into the weekend. I’m giving Nothing a two-day pass; after that, it’s back from whence it came.

I have learned that I can go from zero to sixty in eight seconds. Deceleration must be forced upon me.

For now, I’ll give in to sleep. But I’ll dream of dangling participles.

See you tomorrow.

Is it “from whence it came” or just “whence it came?” “Whence” means “from where.” Wouldn’t “from whence” be redundant?


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6 responses to “All or Nothing

  1. I know the feeling. It happens quite seldom, but now and then I find myself just not caring. Luckily that is now a warning signal, a “red flag” as it were.

    For me, the trick is bringing the situation up to consciousness. Then need (or more often embarrassment) gets the wheels moving again. ))

  2. Jo

    You ALL people! God love ya, there is an important role for all of us here. But moi — I set my life-speed at exactly 7 mph over the limit and won’t go any faster, because there’s so much I need to think about along the way. I’m a slow thinker. And I need frequent refueling.
    I salute you ALL people as you roar past. Feel better soon, MW.

  3. Sharon Rubin

    “From whence” is redundant, but when you feel better, there are many articles online pointing to the fact that Shakespeare, Dryden, Dickens, and Swinburne all used it (also the King James Bible.) I wish you a speedy recovery.

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