doan be cuh-razy

What does it mean to be crazy? We use that word in so many positive different circumstances, like crazy about someone, crazy in love. But then we can feel crazy when something takes over our emotions to the point where we feel a loss of control, in a negative way.

I get crazy with anxiety over some stuff, like money, or my kids' self-esteem, or what to wear each morning (seriously).

But what do we do when someone we are crazy about feels crazy, even for a short period of time? How do we uncrazy someone?


Heather of the EO | June 13, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Ugh...good question.

I doubt we can uncrazy someone. We can just love...and that's a HARD thing to do.

I just love your posts, all of them...including ones like this one. They makes me think about my answer, and that's a good thing.

charrette | June 13, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Wait? Does this mean you're home?

And if I knew the answer to this question...

One thing I have learned is that you can't help someone uncrazy. They have to WANT to get better.

Connie | June 13, 2009 at 9:15 PM

I guess i try to read between the lines. What's going on? I have my imagination going and I think I have it figured out. (But then I'm crazy)
Uncrazy someone? I think we just have to avoid going crazy ourselves while someone we care about goes through the crazies.
Hopefully it doesn't last long.

Lara Neves | June 13, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Deep breathing. Prayer. Eternal perspective.

That's all I've got. Not that I'm any expert on decrazifying anyone. I can't even relax myself! Good luck. :)

CHERRANNE | June 13, 2009 at 11:05 PM

O.K. Uncrazy someone. Hmmmmmm. I know from Personal experience that this is impossible. But to be long suffering I guess is the charge that we are given sometimes in dealing with someone. *sigh*
Anyway, I am wondering if this entry has anything to do with Me driving You out of Your mind with My snoring. :-p LOL. You are the Best, Kaz! :-)

Juliana | June 14, 2009 at 7:49 AM

There's only one way: mix together equal parts "reality check" and "perspective." Combine until anxiety and craziness are thoroughly washed away. ;-)

Brillig | June 14, 2009 at 8:12 PM

I'm with Charrette (darn that lady's good). You can't force uncraziness on someone who doesn't want it.

I guess we just love 'em. That way, when they do need someone to uncrazify them, they'll know that we were there and always will be.

Good luck...

Kazzy | June 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM

You guys are awesome. Thanks for the advice!

Dedee | June 15, 2009 at 1:02 PM

When you figure it out, let me know.

MakingChanges | June 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM

This is a good question for Heidi! She knows all about this. I do too, but I don't have any sound advice. My sis went crazy about 2 years ago and has disowned our family. If you figure out what to do let me know. I miss my sis. I just hope someday she uncrazifies herself.

Little GrumpyAngel | June 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM

I think you have to just keep loving them through the craziness, and work hard at not letting their craziness turn you crazy as well.

I just read all your road trip posts (catching up from my vacay). I enjoyed all of them especially your impressions of church history sites. Never been to those places but someday maybe...

Anonymous | June 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Well, here at our house crazy is normal and those who are normal are crazy. What is life with out "feeling" it most days? Don't worry about uncrazying your loved one. Do what you need to avoid being crazy. That is what I do for the most part.

Thanks for the comments on my blog.

April | June 15, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Depending on their depth of "craziness" you either get them help or love them for who they are. Sometimes craziness is just a need to be validated.

It's not easy, just worth it!

Kimberly Vanderhorst | June 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM

I've been crazy. The serious bad kind. And patience and love were what mattered most. The worst was those who treated me like I was just making up the problem and went all tough-love on me.

What pulled me out really was love, crazy as that sounds. The people who loved me and didn't talk down to me or shut me out of their lives.

Eventually, I wanted to be a little less crazy for their sake as much as mine.

Kazzy | June 16, 2009 at 1:30 PM

What can I say? You guys are the best.