Are you IRRITATED yet!?

The white rectangle with an orange woven border surrounding bold black letters an inch tall asks me that question from the wall over my desk every single day. Every time my eyes leave my keyboard, unseeing and deep in thought or simply refocusing away from the lighted screen, they nearly always land on those words.

Are you IRRITATED yet!?

The voice in my head often gleefully responds…Well, ARE you!?

The words are not there to reflect any political angst. They didn’t get pinned there to sum up my concern for folks that are determined to undermine their own health in the most amazing ways, nor even to scream my despair over the way we humans treat – or too often mistreat – each other and the animals on our suffering planet.

They are there because I…the peace-loving, hates drama, just wants everybody to be happy and get along, card-carrying little old Libra me…

I truly WANT to be irritated.

Let me rephrase that, in the way I first heard it at a conference I attended for my business a couple of years ago. The CEO of our company said something I didn’t expect. After whipping the crowd of 25,000 up, and listening to us cheer for him like giddy little schoolgirls, he said, “I am not here to motivate you.”

Huh? I was quite sure that was EXACTLY why he was there.

“Think about it”, he told the baffled crowd. “You can get ‘motivation’ all over the place; audios, seminars, on your facebook page for cryin’ out loud. It feels great, but how long does it last? Does it create any lasting change in your life?”

“Now, think about the last time you were unhappy. The last time you got mad, maybe even downright pissed off. Well – did you DO something about it? Damn right you did, and that’s why I’m NOT here to motivate you, I’m here to IRRITATE the CRAP out of you!”


So, with one pointed question my sign reminds me every single day;

Do I feel the way I want to feel today?

Am I in the physical condition I want to be in?

Do I spend the time I need to with my boyfriend, my son, my dog, my friends and family – do they know how much I care?

Am I making the money I want to, and am I making a difference in my world?

…Am I writing?!?

Today, as I do nearly every day, I was reading the blogs of the many talented writers here. Relishing the gorgeous, colorful images they paint in my mind. Sharpening my character on points well made. Dipping my soul in the musical offerings. Savoring written phrases so sweet, salty or crunchy I almost need to spit some out. Reveling in the love and support and encouragement for growth that shows up in the comments.

But I rarely comment. I don’t post my own essays. I just “lurk”. I don’t know quite why, and it’s slowly but surely been crawling under my skin, until it became more than a mere itch that needed a scratch. And today, FINALLY today, I had to scream “YES, I AM IRRITATED!” And I did something about it.

Damn did that feel good!

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Comment by onislandtime on January 21, 2013 at 4:44pm

Glad you posted. I confess I checked this out because I have a Blue Heeler that looks like yours. They are such great dogs I figured you for cool. Now that you've broken the ice posting I watch for your Heeler and check out your blog. :-)

Comment by Arthur James on January 21, 2013 at 4:55pm

` rant/vent . . .


a weary farmer 

learning to write

blogs in Mandarin


pondering` Iritated

and if ale's be help

as in medicine help

or me wail at Moon


Fox wail lately

Hoot ales hoot

We just be nice


Goodnight . . .

Comment by Barb Allee on January 21, 2013 at 4:56pm

Thanks onislandtime! My Heeler, Duke, will turn 14 this summer and is in blessedly good health. Most amazing animal I have ever known, and I will be blogging/posting pics here. Would love to hear more about yours and see pics! Does yours have any "rules" for the world that are insisted upon?

Mine has a few, maybe most notably that human feet should not "float" above the ground if you are seated. Swings, spinning chairs...well, I'll share more in a blog, but it's funny as hell.  ;-)

Comment by Barb Allee on January 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

Arthur, the weather right now in northern MN was made for ale and howling at the moon (currently 10 below!) - though I settled for ranting  ;-) Thanks for stopping in and you are right, the folks here are very nice. Goodnight!

Comment by Harp on January 21, 2013 at 5:24pm

Another friend on here mentioned how surprised she was at the number of people that regualrly read her work without commenting.   When I can take the time to read something... unless I am somehow offended, I try to make sure that I leave a comment.  Sometimes it's something very simple and short... but they will know I was there.   

Congratulations on creating a very interesting post and I hope you will leave comments as well.  Take care.  

Comment by onislandtime on January 21, 2013 at 5:44pm

Here is Angel: Sorry it's so huge. Incredible athlete and lover of all ...

Comment by Barb Allee on January 21, 2013 at 7:33pm

I will definitely make it a practice to comment again, Harp - It's bothered me that I wasn't. Thank you for checking out my post and your kind comments!

- 0nislandtime, Angel is gorgeous, and looks like a very happy-tired cattle dog, judging by the tongue and smile!! I finally had to retire Duke's favorite item of all time, the cloth frisbee. He still plays as hard as ever, refusing to believe he is a senior citizen ;-)

Comment by Barb Allee on January 21, 2013 at 7:36pm

Maurene, so true!

Comment by Zanelle on January 21, 2013 at 8:28pm

All right!!!   So nice to read this.  Write more.  Come on.  We can take it.  Throw it to the feed.  Again and again.  Addicting.

Comment by JMac1949 Memories on January 22, 2013 at 5:15am

Like I'm always tempted to ask my brother, an overweight sixty year old Texas Republican hyper controlling Faux News watchin' upper middle class working grunt who's been pissed off almost 24-7-365 ever since he had to quit smoking dope and get a job-job in the oil patch to take care of his three kids, "So now that you got that out, what are you going to do about it?"

I just spent the weekend with the grumpy bastard and I'm exhausted.


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