Sofas, Beets and Belief: Choose Wisley

beet2aI helped move a sofa into a basement today with small doors and annoying landings. I was positive the sofa was going to be stuck on the landing forever, or until I broke the legs off. We had to back it out all the way, twice.

In fact the second backing out was almost as perplexing as the getting it in the third time. We stared at it a long time before we got it back out. Thank goodness for some spatial awareness.

But what saved the day was some patience or stubbornness. I don’t even care which one it was. Good thing the sofa looked good in the room. That baby is not leaving anytime soon.

Good thing I had some beets for dinner with all their iron-rich goodness. Need to replenish after that mental and physical adventure. Just eating a beet makes you feel better. Before it’s even had a chance to be absorbed by your body, you feel better. It’s like a beet super power. Like when Popeye would eat his spinach and his muscles would grow immediately. Total mind game.

But mind games like that are good. It’s an attitude that the situation is getting better immediately simply by making the good choice. The belief is as important as the physical benefit, which in the case of the beets is certainly delayed. Unlike chocolate where the psychological and physical benefits are right there.

The mental act of choosing to act is as important to you as the benefits of the actual act. Like choosing to exercise. You decide to go and exercise. Hooray! Then on the way there you get interrupted. True, you didn’t get the exercise but the choosing to act has already occurred.

Now of course, if you keep choosing to act and are always being stopped from doing so, you have a different problem. The choice has become a lie. And we don’t want that. It’s like buying all those fresh vegetables and throwing them all out every couple weeks when you don’t eat any of them.

So don’t lie to beets, man. They don’t like that. Besides beets can last for months if kept right. You’re going to have to lie a lot to throw them out. Buy some brussel sprouts instead. They’re used to being thrown out. In fact you could just buy them and throw them out immediately. Just cut out the waiting period.

Just kidding about throwing out the brussel sprouts. Don’t waste food. That’s not cool.

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About joegergen

To evoke a smile. That's all. Author of "Methane Wars: A Fable" and "Lear's Fool" as well as various poems and some these painting things as well.
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4 Responses to Sofas, Beets and Belief: Choose Wisley

  1. J Peterson says:

    This reminds me of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency what with the stuck couch and the philosophy. Good read, thanks.

  2. I remember moving into the lower level of my mother-in-laws house and I remember the extreme difficulty the moving men had in getting our couch in. To me it was like putting me in jail and throwing away the key! I did not want to move there. She never respected my privacy. We eventually left and did not have as much trouble moving the couch out, Thank God! As for beets, I love them. I always make a salad of them: just plain olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. It’s delicious and low calorie!! I sometimes have it as a snack! Much better for you than potato chips! I also like Brussels sprouts! Don’t throw them out! Give them to me!

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