Shannonism is a way of thinking I have created to help myself survive life. You can believe in any religion and still be a Shannonist. This way of thinking is inspired by The Tao Te Ching which I would suggest reading if you haven’t. I came up with this thinking 5 years ago when I wrote and produced my own one woman show.
Shannonism: Always focus on yourself first no matter what. This is not selfish it is actually the opposite. When my daughter was born I only focused on her. I never slept, showered, or had fun. Everything was about her. After 3 months of this I had a breakdown because you can’t survive on just taking care of other people. Also, what kind of message does this send to others if you never take the time to focus on yourself.
The FAA has it right. In a plane crash you are supposed to put your oxygen mask on before helping others because if you can’t breathe how can you help other people? Once I started to take time to baby myself I was able to baby my baby.
The same goes for negativity. I am not a Christian per say but I do believe Jesus ,whether he existed or not, is a good role model. Jesus had haters but he didn’t have time to focus on them because he had bigger fish to fry like learning to walk on water and turning water into wine. If he thought about his haters he would have never been able to leave his house. Also, don’t get sad if people are mean to you. Jesus was the son of God and people were still mean to him because you know what some people just suck.
Don’t be a rock be water. People think rocks are strong but really they aren’t. A cliff made of rock will eventually erode from being hit by waves. Water is so strong that instead of trying to go over a big rock in a river it just goes around the rock. Being strong doesn’t equal being pushy or mean sometimes the strongest thing to do is just to stay calm and go around a negative person or situation. This is obviously easier said than done because when someone pisses me off I just want to go into rock mode but I try to be flexible and calm like water.
I will always add to Shannonism because like water our minds are an endless ocean of thinking but here are some quotes that go along with my way of thinking.
Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.~Dr. Suess
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind~ Dr. Suess
Dogs never bite me. Just humans~ Marilyn Monroe
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.~ Katherine Hepburn
If you follow all the rules you miss all the fun~ Katherine Hepburn
Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it’s not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child can not possibly be fit to enter the outside world~ Bette Davis
If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent~ Bette Davis
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