Psychological Challenge, Day 4

On Sunday, we are going to look for a grounding object. It’s a very good idea to have a collection of little objects that remind you of a happy, tranquil moment. Here is one of mine:

I enjoyed my time in Germany last year immensely, and whenever I hold this pen from the hotel where I stayed, I can summon the feeling of being exactly who I want to be.

Once you identify your grounding objects, you can carry one with you into all situations where you are likely to feel tense, diminished, anxious, or unhappy. The moment unpleasantness begins, you discretely take out the grounding object, and transport yourself to a peaceful state of mind.

I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I have a whole collection of these objects. Obviously, many lose their power over time but I replenish the collection. It’s always something little that gives me a good feeling when I hold it.

Order of Adjectives

It’s true that foreigners are taught to memorize the order. But it’s easier to read a lot, and that will give you the feel for why “an old French lady” is not the same as “a French old lady.” Or why saying “pretty little horses” is ok but “little pretty horses” is crazy.

But yeah, we were made to memorize all this crap, and I drove professors crazy because I could put adjectives in correct order without consulting the “opinion-size-age-shape,etc” list.

Sexism Is Dead

If it weren’t, the extraordinarily beautiful Tulsi Gabbard with her adult movie star voice would be ahead in the polls of old, frumpy Warren with an unpleasant voice.

But she’s not. The frump is winning. It’s all about the issues. Nobody cares about beauty. In this particular instance I wish they did but I’m glad sexism is so dead.