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Reprise: Lessons from Lewis Carroll

on January 18, 2023

Have you ever felt like Alice falling down the rabbit hole? It wasn’t until she hit rock bottom that she found the tools to cope with her environment.

Or what about the White Rabbit? His obsession with time makes him sound like a classic Type A personality.

We all know people who act as if they are running a marathon race against Time. The most familiar thing out of their mouths is, “I’m busy. I don’t have time. Not right now. Good grief, I have to be somewhere in five minutes!”

Like the Red Queen, they are always running in place and getting nowhere fast. And no matter how hard they try to catch up, they never will. And no matter how much we try to convince them to slow down, they never will—until they suffer a heart attack or some other misfortune.

Appearing and disappearing like the Cheshire cat, they smile smugly and proudly tell us how terribly important they are; but they may as well be saying, “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat,” or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Alice had many curious adventures in Wonderland, but even she had her limits. When she finally got tired of the Queen of Hearts screaming, “Off with their heads!” and all the other zany, madcap characters, she stood up and cried, “I can’t stand this any longer!”

And with one pull of the tablecloth, she was back home again with her beloved kitten Dinah.

The wacky world of Lewis Carroll can be seen as a reflection of our own crazy world. And, just like Alice, we sometimes have to pull ourselves in many directions to adapt to our environment. But when we can no longer tolerate living in this way, it’s time to stand up and shout, “Enough is enough!”

(White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane)

Dawn Pisturino

2007; January 18, 2023

Published in The Kingman Daily Miner, September 11, 2007.

Copyright 2007-2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


41 responses to “Reprise: Lessons from Lewis Carroll

  1. Angela says:

    I recognize myself a little bit 🙂 I think the stress and havoc in the head make people more rush and fussy.
    OK. I will work on myself. Starting today 😉
    Have a good day!

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    So very, very true.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. utahan15 says:

    people come and go
    just so
    we both know
    and regret

    Liked by 1 person

  4. auntyuta says:

    Thanks for this post, dear Dawn.
    I think, from time to time everyone has to say: Enough is enough.
    The video is very beautiful. I love it!
    HUGS from Uta in Australia ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michele Lee says:

    Creative Carroll knew a thing or two! Interesting lessons make them more memorable. Well done, Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Beautiful post Dawn. 👏🏼 I love this: “we sometimes have to pull ourselves in many directions to adapt to our environment.” You summarize this so passionately about Alice’s lessons compared to ours. Enjoy the rest of your week my friend. 🌞💖🥰

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  7. Absolutely brilliant post. I love the comparisons made with Alice, that bizarre world and our lives. And true, we all need to slow down and breathe sometimes.

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  8. Such a beautiful video
    Thank you for sharing

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  9. Buen aporte.Buenos días desde el sur de España 🇪🇸

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  10. Buen post. Un cordial saludo desde el sur de España.

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  11. Inspirational! Reaching rock bottom but having a second chance. Also, the courage found in questioning/realizing we’re all in the rabbit hole together. Gaining the wisdom to know where to draw a healthy boundary.

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  12. Some interesting observations and analogies – thanks

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  13. jonicaggiano says:

    I best be a bit more like Alice. Excellent piece and unfortunately I can relate to “those” people. I also really enjoyed Grace Slick too. Haven’t heard that in a long time. Great song! Big hugs, Joni

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  14. Oh! That reminds me that I need to stop rushing and take it easy more often than not. Thank you for this post!

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  15. StonerGypsy says:

    Round of applause and watch my disappearing act! 🤣🤌🏾

    Perfect writing Dawn! I’m a huge Alice fan and also as you know a huge fan of analogies and perspectives! 💚🌻💚

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    • Thank you, Gypsy, and I was thinking about your phone problem. When you downloaded Jetpack, did you uninstall the WordPress app? If not, do that and see if it works. I remember getting a message that it had to be uninstalled for Jetpack to work properly. Have a great evening!

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