Monday Mantra 55

Don't be busy. Just be productive. Monday Mantra via LaWhimsySometimes it can feel like I have a serious case of the busies – yes, it’s truly an issue, and a very real one at that. To have the busies means that you are caught in a cycle of constantly doing, moving, working. Task after task, always going, going, going, yet you really couldn’t say just where you’re going or what you’re accomplishing, and I mean really accomplishing. Being busy and being productive are two very different things. So many times busy = productive, and actually it truly couldn’t be further from the truth. To be busy, you just do. You just go. It’s mindless, automatic, not exactly fulfilling, just because, stuff to do. To be productive, you focus on the task at hand, finding satisfaction in a job well done and you feel accomplished and good as you do it. When I’m feeling like I’m stuck in a rut, more often then not it’s because I’ve become busy instead of productive. I’ve turned on my autopilot and stopped paying attention, causing a grumpy, bored, and dulled mindset. With this in mind I leave you with an extra Monday Mantra…
Being Happy is Productive Monday Mantra via LaWhimsy
Namaste ~ Ella

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Word Nerd: Runcible

Word Nerd Header 2015 by LaWhimsyWord Nerd is an on-going feature that shares and highlights unique, whimsical and sometimes forgotten or overlooked words. It’s dedicated to the logophile in us all.

Runcible Word Nerd via LaWhimsyRuncible is one of those absolutely fantastic nonsense words that has been in my life for as long as I can remember. The Owl and The Pussycat by Edward Lear was a poem I could recite easily (and often!) by age 4, since it happened to be one of my favorite books. I was always curious as to just what a runcible spoon was and in my mind it had to be something fancy, yet odd and dainty too, since they used it to dine on mince and slices of quince after their wedding. Edward Lear actually coined the term runcible in 1871 however it wasn’t until 1926 that an actual definition was given to runcible spoon (or spork, as it’s mainly known now) .

Runcible spoon and Edward Lear runcible illustration collage via LaWhimsy The top image is of a runcible spoon, or spork. The bottom image is one of Edward Lear’s illustrations depicting the dolomphious duck’s use of a runcible spoon.

Runcible was one of Lear’s favorite invented words since he used it numerous times in his poetry (mainly as an adjective). I can see why since it’s a wonderful sounding word, looks neat when written, and I think it has a good mouth feel when one says it. Nonsense words have a unique sort of power and runcible is right up there with the best of them!

Namaste ~ Ella

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Monday Mantra 54

I am under no obligation to make any sense at all to you. Monday Mantra via LaWhimsy This Monday Mantra is a bit of a spin on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s quote “The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” (because lets face it, it’s not!). In that same vein of thinking, I know that I am under no obligation to make any sense to anyone else, just like no one else is obligated to make any sense to me. I like to stick to this little ditty I wrote awhile back ~ “I am who I am. I do what I do. I bring harm to none, so what does it matter if I make any sense to you?”. I will always be my own sort of quirky, whimsical, foibled self and if who I am makes no sense to someone, well, so be it! Own your own nonsensical self and don’t worry about explaining a thing because those who love and care about you don’t need an explanation, and the rest isn’t yours to worry about.
Namaste ~ Ella

~ Monday Mantras are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Monday Mantras Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!