Lunacy

          Lunacy originates from the mid 16th century originally referring to insanity of an intermittent kind attributed to changes in the moon. I like this word because it suggests that we each have a little bit of it in ourselves and we get to blame the moon for it. In my experience my lunacy has nothing to do with the moon at all. In fact, unlike the phases of the moon, it doesn’t seem to be predictable and shows up at various intervals for various durations. Lunacy really seems to creep in the shadows, the outer edges of my mind. It waits there lurking. While it is lurking it is waiting to spring on my unsuspecting self at the most unpredictable times to wreak havoc. Oooh that sounds scary!
              Now that I have freaked myself out, what exactly is lunacy? If you are reading this out loud that is a good question that you just asked! Now that you want to know I have a definition for us to ponder. As I have stated before I feel that it is important to have definitions in order for everyone to know what someone is talking about. Now I know that we could go to the dictionary and get a definition for a word and that would be alright, but we all have a little different meaning when we speak. Have you ever gone over to a friend’s house and when you first got there had no idea what everyone was talking about? When you got there you weren’t sure you would like to be around that place? It is possible that after a certain amount of time of being there you never wanted to leave. Some of you may be thinking “Hey wait that sounds like my family!” In my mind that is because you have a culture that is uniquely yours. The way your group does things is different than anyone else. Well this is why I like to define things.
              The way that I define lunacy is this: We have the same things and do the same things with them and expect different results.
          In my experience this is each one of us at different times. Imagine the number of resources, time being one of them that could be saved if we were vigilant for lunacy. After careful observation of my own life I can realize this phenomenon, but sometimes it takes a very long time to discover it. The idea of this is foreign to many people, but once it is brought out people begin to see it in their own life and they have a desire to remove it.
              I believe that lunacy can at times lead us to addictions and other ways that we try to cope with things and we aren’t happy with the result. We start with something as a way to deal with problems in our life. When we use them to deal with certain things in a certain way this becomes a habit. Our habits become part of our character. When we deal with “Character flaws” it is extremely difficult and time consuming to deal with these. Often when we realize the lunacy that we are trapped in it contributes to a feeling of hopelessness. I can’t not stress the importance of hope strongly enough.
              I wanted to illustrate the concept of lunacy with an example. Say for example there are two different people in our narrative. One person is an employee and the other is a manager. Imagine for a moment that the employee doesn’t have good listening / communication skills. Imagine also that when the manager communicates the employee doesn’t understand. The employee could possibly not understand due to his or her own personal error or that of the manager, either way the outcome is the same. Now the employee doesn’t take the time to listen and do what the manager says or wants. Each time the manager speaks a list of things is communicated that need to be accomplished. The employee knows that he or she will not be able to remember the list, but believe because an attempt is being made the manager will be satisfied that the employee is trying. However the manager is not happy with said performance and is “Leaving hints” that the performance of the employee is not satisfactory. Well, needless to point out the relationship between the employee and the manager is deteriorating and neither one understands why. The manager is “Leaving hints” and the employee is “Trying” after all.
          Each member of our narrative is doing the same thing over and over. Each member of this story has their own part to play in the break down. In this example each member is blaming the other. Each person is doing the same thing with the same things and expecting different results. The example could apply to you dear reader or not. I hope once this is read time will be spent on reflection and lunacy will be sought out and taken care of.
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