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Monday motivation: Have you lost your muchness?


alice in wonderland

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland entertained me last night, in addition to providing a little inspiration. As Alice fights her fate in Wonderland, Mad Hatter tells her, “You were much more muchier. You’ve lost your muchness.”

Today’s question is “have you lost your muchness?” If the answer is yes, the follow-up question is “what can you do to reclaim it?” If the answer is no, the follow-up is “Yay! Great for you,” and “what’s next?”

Once upon a time, I definitely lost my muchness. It seems to come and go. Right now, though, it’s here and I’m holding on to it with all my might. Last week, I committed myself to a project I’ve been delaying for four years. (Lost my muchness.) I began toiling towards completing that commitment the other night, and in doing so, I reclaimed my muchness. I stared at a blank screen for hours, wondering what to write. Then it hit me. Hard. Today, I reached a milestone. Seemingly small yet monumental in a peculiar way because of what it represents, not necessarily what it is.

Your life is yours. It’s full of purpose, but you’ll never fully engage said purpose without your muchness. There is no diverging from the path because you make the path. You could be doing more. You could be being more. When are you going to start?

“You cannot live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.
Because when you step out to face that creature, you step out alone.”

– Mirana, the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
– Audre Lorde

“The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.”
– Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland

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6 Responses to Monday motivation: Have you lost your muchness?

  1. When praise and encouragement comes from a friend, it’s a great thing. But when praise and encouragement comes from a stranger, it means so much more. Thanks for your comment, and I <3 your blog! 🙂

  2. 🙂 this is a genuine ‘thank you and you’re welcome’ moment.

  3. Thank you for this! I lost my muchness a little bit ago, thought I had gotten it back bc I was writting to do lists and actually getting everything accomplished but that only lasted for those 2 days!! I will get it back bc no one can do it but me. If I don’t do what it required of me I’m only cheating myself

  4. I was writing this to my son, it soo stood out in my mind so i googled it to make sure i quoted it correctly. I soo love this movie and this was my favorite quote of all. It represents where I at. I too lost my muchness and am in the process of reclaiming my muchness. I used to be much more muchier.

    “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
    – Audre Lorde
    I love that too and it has how i’ve lived my life and probably how i lost my muchness. An Ahhh Haaaa moment

  5. the phrase about what Mr. Hatter in in this movie mention kept me thinking, was there really that feeling?”muchness”?
    So today, I just happened to see this post while searching.
    Great, we’re in common grounds:)

  6. It’s easy to let fear take the reign, yet infinitely less rewarding.

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