The cure for spilkes


Now, when I'm happy, I laugh
When I'm sad, I cry
I get my melons in the melon patch
And when I'm itchy I scratch

, from the song "When I'm Itchy, I Scratch"

I always want something; I just don't always know what it is.

Knowing doesn't mean I'll necessarily get it, of course, but the acknowledgment alone can work wonders. I've gotten much faster and don't always need all the steps, but here are all five for when I do:

1. Get very quiet.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Take three deep breaths.

4. Note what surfaces.

5. Acknowledge it.

Of course, sometimes the cure for restlessness is rest.

And with that, the communicatrix is retiring for the evening...


Photo by Susan NYC via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license

Thanks to fellow "itchy" freak Matt Preskenis for coming up with the full lyric