Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Impulsive


I guess you could say I am child-like in many ways. I like children's music and children's movies as much as they do. Playing card games and board games are the joys of my life.

I am an impulsive person. Whatever catches my eye is where my interest will go. My mother said I was flighty.

I often told my children that I know it was a trial to have me as a mother because I tend to go off on a tangent at times. they assure me that they thought all mothers were like that.

Checkers and chess are fun games. My grandfather was a good checkers player. He and my mother showed us how to play. He explained that it was very important to keep the back line of checkers in place until you absolutely had to move them. I tried but it is difficult to keep them back when all my other checkers were being taken.

I really like chess. The planning and the different pieces moving different ways make it a game of logic. The problem with chess is that I will examine the board before making my next move. I will imagine a move and try to anticipate what my opponent's response will be and what eventual results will come from it. I look and study. I plan and observe.

Then out of the corner of my eye I see a move and grab the piece and move it. Usually it was a move I had already rejected. I made a stupid move and would end up losing the piece and eventually the game.

But there are times when I appreciate being impulsive. When my children were little and their father was on the road during the week we would often pack up and head for the park. There were trees to shelter us, a creek for wading, and plenty of room to run and play. We would cook on the grills placed strategically near picnic tables. Even though we lived at the edge of town and had a spacious yard the days at the park were fun for all of us.

I'm also well-known for driving along and suddenly spotting something I want to see. I stop and see it. I may have to take a detour and spend some extra time but it is usually worth it. I have found some interesting places to visit and fascinating things to see by doing this.

I encourage everyone to be impulsive once in a while. I do it too often but you might be amazed at the joys you will experience by doing something out of the ordinary once in a while.

As the song by Leroy Pullins says

I'm a Nut, I'm a Nut,
My life don't ever get in a rut
Well Hell, my shoulders are sore and loose
That I ain't got the sense God gave a goose
Now Lord I ain't crazy but, I'm a nut


And I like it!

12 comments:

  1. I stop all the time to look at things. Now that my phone has a camera, its far more fun.

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  2. Since I retired, I do stop and take the time to see and do things I didn't have the time to do before. It is a great way to live!

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    1. I'll bet you have all kinds of adventures.

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  3. You remind me that I need to slow down.

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    1. I hope you can. Things are blurry when you run. It all seems clear while you walk.

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  4. I do it as Joanne: stop a lot, do photos, look intensely, write something down. Have a good time, Emma!

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  5. Being impulsive can be great. Sometimes I spend to much time trying to make up my mind.

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    1. My oldest son does that. And then he will make up his mind. Usually he just lets go of whatever it was and moves on.

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  6. I guess it's about balance. Being impulsive is a good trait to have. It shows initiative.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. I think I can carry a good thing too far sometimes.

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