Last night, I devised a scale to express one’s feelings and mindset about them. Every time when I woke up slightly, over the night, I had more ideas about such a scale, and most of them came now, now I’m fully awake. It stays more personal because it doesn’t standardize. It gives a lot of information in a few figures and letters.
I don’t know it’s value. Only time may tell.
The MM (pronounce em-em) Scale has many more possibilities and details than just “how do you feel on a scale 0-100 if 0 is absolutely lousy and a 100 is absolutely fantastic.” First of all, it also expresses how feelings sit with you – what kind of an (un)emotional person you are.
The minus or plus sign means bad/good feelings.
The /time addition says how long you felt like this. And /now is an option.
A /o means that it’s not (only) about yourself but from an observer.
A list of these numbers gives a nice impression of their fluctuation and not only of how you feel but how you see those feelings.
Many examples come to my mind and they show best what’s emerging, I think.
I’m feeling good today. I don’t know what happened yesterday and I don’t know what will be tomorrow. I live by the day.
In numbers: plus50/24hours.
I was feeling good for the last couple of days already, really happy, when I got the bad test results that I had not expected. Not only did it hit me like a ton of bricks. It set off a cascade of doom thinking. What if I can’t compensate this? What if this will show on my final papers? As a result, I may not get the dream job that suddenly could open up. My life in ruins forever. I felt a real panic and when my friend asked how I was doing, I burst into tears. After that, I felt much calmer. Still not so happy and a bit tired and hungry but not in a panic anymore. My brains went into gear and forward. My bad test result was still not great but I could speak to the teacher to learn what happened, see if it is final, maybe I can retake the test or ask what she advises me as repair. In any case, life goes on and I’ll make the best of it.
In numbers: plus80/3days, minus250/5min, minus450/10min, plus45/now.
At the end of a nice day, our daughter got her usual spasm of laughter. I knew that after that, she usually bursts into tears and then calms down, getting very peaceful and relaxed, ready for a bottle and bed. And that’s what happened.
In numbers: plus80/12hours/o, plus150/5 min/o, minus50/10 min/o, plus100/o.
For weeks, I felt nothing, numb. And that was no fun.
In numbers: minus80/weeks.
Suddenly, I felt so sick, I couldn’t focus, I had pains everywhere, I thought I was dying. I must have eaten something that didn’t agree with me. After I threw up, I felt much better.
In numbers: minus1000/20min, plus80.
Then I’m very sad and then I cheer up a bit but I always fall back to very sad. I know that I’m a very emotional person but I can’t dim it.
In numbers: minus173, plus250/3hours, minus190.
We met for hours and all had a really good time. We talked and talked and talked. And hardly anyone had any alcohol. In the end, we were with twelve, I think.
In numbers: plus100-170/12/3hours/o.
I just feel great, whenever I’m aware of my feelings. Sometimes, I’m a bit worried or stressed or annoyed for a couple of minutes but overall, that plays no role in my life. I know how to feel good.
In numbers: plus 250/months.
I’m not into feelings. I’m a precise person.
In numbers: plus4.75/now.
I liked my job. Now, I’m on pension already for a decade and I have no hobbies, nothing to do – I don’t like it. My wife and I have more chance to do something useful, which is nice, like yo shop together, or on a trip, but most of the time, I’m in her way at home.
In numbers plus70/45years, plus30/10years.
Would such a scale prove useful?