Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

Sigmund Freud was smoking a cigar on stage once while he was giving a presentation. Freud, you know, was the one who always found psychological reasons for people’s actions – and many of those reasons were sexual in nature. So when an attendee at his presentation saw him smoking the cigar, he suggested that the good doctor’s action carried a more hidden meaning.

Freud’s reply was, “Sir, sometimes a cigar, is just a cigar.”

How many times do we assign a meaning to something – NOT because of what is going on out there in the world that we see or hear, but because of something going on in OUR heads?

I’m still a little woggy after taking some strong drugs yesterday to have a tooth pulled.  So right when I got out of bed this morning, thinking I was ungroggy enough to take my normal dosage of two happy hormone pills, I instead picked up a bottle (sure LOOKED like the right bottle) of a strong sleeping pill and took two of them.  Took them at 7 a.m.  After a good night’s sleep.

Do you suppose I have  some deep desire to check out?  Am I trying to run away? Escape? Get out of folding laundry and picking up dog poop?  Maybe I want to rejoin my mother ship..

I write this blog very laboriously as I fade in and out and can tell my forehead is heading once again to the keyboard.  And I’m quitting this blog post real soon.  Like now.

But I leave you with this. The reason WHY someone does something mysterious to us – is frequently just that:  A mystery.  Sometimes taking the wrong pill is just…taking the wrong pill.

My eyes are now slamming shut of their own free will now.  And I like it.

From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who has just learned she can sleep and type at the same time.



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. This is hilarious! Not for you sleepy head who lost a day, but such a fun way to tell us about your mishap with a powerful message. Hope you’re feeling perky soon!

  2. You have penned some mighty good words for such a groggy head!  I have found that I like to think “a cigar is just a cigar” first, until proven otherwise.  It keeps this complex life a little more simple!

  3. Love this.  I am the queen of reading too much into things, and over thinking. It’s nice and relaxing to realize that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  And it reminds me of my current goal in life – to judge a situation (first determining whether it even needs my judgment) by what has been presented instead of what I think has been implied.

  4. Even while under the influence you are hilarious!  I admire your determination to write even if it’s a bit foggy for you!  

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