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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Ups and Downs of Life





This is dedicated to any people who get a little depressed at times, especially in the dark and dreary days of November. We all experience ups and downs, but I have known a few people who have Bi-Polar Disorder and it really can wreak havoc with their lives.
Here's hoping for some sunny hours ahead for all of us this winter!
Polarities of Our Lives

we all teeter up and totter down
at different times,
we swing from high to low
we climb steadily to the top
and sometimes we free-fall to the bottom,
from mountain peaks
to valley gorges,
summit to foot,
ascending, descending,
from great heights
to depths of despair
from effervescent happiness to sullen sadness,
pendulum swings
this way
then that -
the roller coaster ride
is free
maybe it’s really a carousel
of round and round,
our own amusement park
and we never ever have to pay admission,
(but we sure pay the price)
we can take another ride,
"laugh in the dark"
but we’re not always laughing,
(sometimes it’s a long tunnel)
emerging finally
into the light -
that is a certainty,
and The Affirmation is our full smile -

we are balanced once again.

Mother of Invention, seeing the light!

32 Comments:

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Love it! What a wonderful verse- and so descriptive of the ups and downs of life.. This is really good!

Monday, November 13, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Thanks! Might repost this one too, just for more feedback.

Monday, November 13, 2006

 
Blogger Lynn said...

Hey that's great!
I never thought I got depressed on dreary days, but this year I have lost my energy big time.
I am not down, just a slug.
I fight to stay in the warm bed, I fight to climb out of bed and start life this day.
I look outside and Noon looks like it has the setting sun.
Long shadows stretch across my world today.
My inner voice says, "Hybernate!"

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 
Blogger Barbara said...

The problem is that most highs in life are counterbalanced by lows. I do feel sorry for people with bipolar disorder. Their lives are really a living hell.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, thanks. Without the lows we wouldn't know the highs. Contrast is balance, right?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 
Blogger Maggie said...

Great poem - rollercoaster highs and lows, aptly put.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynn: That was me today too! I'm like a flower that turns its whole self toward the sun to feel alive!

Barbara: Yes, and I imagine it breaks up a lot of relationships. It must be hard to have it and live with someone who has it.

Stephen: That is true...you have to have one to know the other. Still, I would like to be somewhere level most of the time, which I am, thankfully. Just get down in winter a bit sometimes!

Maggie: Thanks. Except on a real rollercoaster it feels neat and thrilling coming down and sort of nothing on the way up! A contradiction to what real people may feel who experience this often.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't decide which is more fun!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think maybe I missed the roller coaster and an on the mine train. the upside - no constant ups and downs. the downside - no constant ups and downs.

I envy people for whom life is a (nearly) constant high. I think for most folks it really is a roller coaster. Some just have higher hills and lower valleys than others.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Diana said...

November + December are fine for me with all the festivities. It's January and February that slay my soul.

Lovely poem!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Anonymous colleen said...

There is light at the end of the tunnel! Love the roller coaster shot...but don't want to go on it!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger steve said...

I love the shot of the entrance to the cave. been through it a few times. Not so bad, once you realize that your eyes will adjust to the dark. My highs are a little higher, my lows are just as low...its a mild improvement on the average, even so!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Old Lady: Yeah, they both have their good points...the anticipation...then the exccitement of the drop zone! (at an amusement park at least!)

Bob: Yes, I think you are right...it's a matter of degree. Some people who are Bi-Polar don't like meds sice they take away the highs/mania they love so much.


Diana: Feb. is the worst...it's the accumulative effect of fewer hours of light by then that's just too much. Even cats, apparently are edgy and get in more fights then because of this! Hence, kitty curfew at dark!

Colleen: Yes, there is always light there! I used to love real rollercoasters...now you couldn't pay me to get on one!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger RennyBA said...

Thanks for this great reminder - I liked that verse! And now I am longing for a real good and snowy winter:-)

Btw: In the mean time: could I invite you to a dinner in Brussels? Lol!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

I don't like roller coasters - neither does my son. But Sofia and Tania absolutely love them.

That last picture of the tunnel / cave looks absolutely terrifing.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for still believing and sharing that wisdom. I've personally never given up on Santa. One of the most sublime Christmases I ever experienced was spent alone. I had many gifts that night and none of them were under the tree. It is true that Santa resides in the heart and I for one, hold him dear.

I love Polar Express as well.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Renny: Yes, you and my husband, the skier! We're to get some this weekend! Thanks for the dinner invitation...I'll have what you're having!!

Richard: Maybe it's gender related in your family?! My dad went on one when he was 70 and loved it!

The caves of life are terrifying as well. It's fear of the unknown twists and turns and the complete blindness that can spook you.


Stephen: You're so welcome. Your posts always evoke a reflective response.

Polar Express sums it all up for me. When I read it to the class, I always wore a Santa sweater with the words, "Believe in the Magic" on it! Then, I'd show them the note I still had that my dad wrote back to us when we were teenagers. They thought that was so cool I still had it and that I was a 16 year-old at the time!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Renny: Yes, you and my husband, the skier! We're to get some this weekend! Thanks for the dinner invitation...I'll have what you're having!!

Richard: Maybe it's gender-related in your family?! My dad went on one when he was 70 and loved it!

The caves of life are terrifying as well. It's fear of the unknown twists and turns and the complete blindness that can spook you.


Stephen: You're so welcome. Your posts always evoke a reflective response.

Polar Express sums it all up for me. When I read it to the class, I always wore a Santa sweater with the words, "Believe in the Magic" on it! Then, I'd show them the note I still had that my dad wrote back to us when we were teenagers. They thought that was so cool I still had it and that I was a 16 year-old at the time!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Thinking, "I got a ticket to ride". It's always better with friends, eh.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger brooksba said...

Not a fan of roller coasters - but a good metaphor and having good friends around always helps make life a bit easier. Very important. If we were all happy all the time, nothing would cause us to make our lives better. It is good to balance.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

I just came to comment on your wonderful poem, and see a comment left by me before! Am I going mad? I don't remember even reading it, let alone leaving a comment! (i'll put it down to the bug that got me..)

Anyway, I love it! So like life. (you forgot to say that sometimes the ride can make you feel sick! :-) ) The poem follows those ups and downs so well, the repetition (said in different ways, but echoeing the movement) was so effective I started to feel giddy :-D

Great stuff MOI!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

oh, btw, you managed to put all the pictures on yourself? :-D

Thursday, November 30, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kilroy: Yeah, but what's the price of the ticket? Some people pay a high price for the Free Ride up and down. Some people with these problems have a difficult time keeping and nurturing friendships. You sound like a pretty happy person! Any secrets to share? (Pot can't be one of them!)

Brooksba: Yes, Beth, that's the ticket! The extremes make us appreciate the balance and ironically makes most of us so.

Annelisa: yes, you must be crazy burning up with your fever! The Ghost of Bloger is at work!
HA! (Just messing with your mind!)
You were looking at the archives and I posted it a long time ago when no one but Spam read it! HA!

Thanks. I never even contrived to repeat the ups and downs to = the real rollercoaster as well as Bi-polar. Guess it just came out subliminally! (sp?)

And, yes,the real one can make you sick, just as well as the Bi-polar episodes can leave people who suffer from this syndrome can leave them feeling horribly sick, perhaps emotionally and physically.

I googled these images and uploaded...now if I could only download from my camera!!

This is the Blogger Ghost wishing you a great day and countdown to the Hair Delete Button!!! (Just thought of that as I was typing! I love when neat stuff "spills out"!)

Thursday, November 30, 2006

 
Blogger meno said...

What a great analogy for life. I too am struggling to stay out of bed before 10 pm. It's dark, i should be asleep!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Meno: Thanks..yeah seems fitting for most of us to a degree. I can't wait until after Dec. 21st (Winter Solstice) when after that, there is a little more light each day!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Sometimes I wish I could push that 'Hair Delete' button now... I'm losing impetus on that one... looking at the blog, seems like everyone who visits comes from across the Atlantic... where's my local support!!! (But, thank goodness I've got you occassionally stopping by - saves my sanity... well, until you whip it away with the Ghost of Blogger, that is!!! :-D)

Friday, December 01, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, came here via annelisa.

life..yep..going thru that.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Well, I'll be with you in SPIRIT! HA! The Blogger Ghost of Long Hair Past!

Mystic Rose: Well, there's always the up to look forward to! Thanks for visiting. I'll visit you soon!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

:-D Oh yes, I forgot you're being a ghost now... hope you're not one of those hair-raising ones... I'm not sure if I want it to come back and haunt me!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

 
Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Hi MOI,

Just strolling through on my month long hiatus......I LOVE this, since I just wrote a poem about mania and described it as an endless rollercoaster: you can get on but you can never get off...sounds ominous - no? Thank you for the bi-polar plug.......too little understand not enough about this chronic illness that affects our brains....impacts our lives and relationships.....Even loved ones who have known us forever get confused!

great poem and post!
red dirt girl

Monday, December 04, 2006

 

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