A Nietzsche Moment – And It Includes Cinnamon (and maybe chocolate, too)

“You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are the echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles after a carriage goes past. I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself.”      FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
Wow! My digital Zen calendar blew my mind yesterday. Everything is flavoured by our experiences or lack of them. When I speak of Christmas – and I do frequently – it is based on my past Christmases or the TV/movie versions I have seen. What the heck is a sugar-plum?  I looked it up but do YOU know anyone who has ever had one? No, so we have to invent how amazing it is based on what we believe Christmas treats should be like – based on experience.
Neitzsche comment
So, is this why I think exercise is not for me? Fear resulting from experiences with movement causing great pain, exhaustion and humiliation? I know in my head that I need exercise and lots of it, but do the negative experiences outweigh (clever use of the double entendre for “weigh” eh?) the positive outcomes? Hell, yes! I will seek out fun, positive (and gentle) forms of exercise that do not include the couch!
How about food? My desires and cravings are pretty much based on my experiences with happiness, comfort, self-punishment and boredom. (OMG! Am I having an epiphany? I can keep seeking…)  So, most of my thoughts, which I share here to get them out of my head, are based on remembered experiences. Hmmm, that makes so much sense.
I got weighed yesterday and I hadn’t lost an ounce. I hadn’t gained any either. The good news. My doctor, Michelle Fretz, said, “That’s a miracle at this time of year.” We then had a wonderful talk about Christmas with our families as they grow up and move away and still come back for Florentines and cinnamon buns. Merry Christmas to all!!!! And put on the Christmas music!
Now what about imagination? Is there room for Nietzsche in my imagination? Hell yes! I can imagine a world with no hunger, no guns, a roof over every head, a smile on every face. Yes, I can imagine. And if it’s something that never entered my head before I can accept that, too, and filter it with my head and heart.
Thanks for listening, and if you get the chance listen to all of Boney M’s Christmas songs, they are beautiful!
;D Diane
Neitzche quote 2

Wow, Nietzsche really knew how to peg the media and the government!

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on December 20, 2012.

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