Moriarity and Holmes.
Javert and ValJean.
Seinfeld and Newman.
Just to name a few famous adversaries.
I told someone recently to eliminate all the Moriartys from her life. She thought I meant the other Moriarty, a character played by Gavin McLoed from the movie Kelly’s Heroes. He, of the “negative waves man“. No, I meant Sherlock Holme’s nemesis, Professor Moriarty . The only thing, or person, that could sway the relentless Holmes away from his focus. The very mention of Moriarty threw Holmes into fits of anxiety and rage. We all have them. People with who we bump heads. Or simply don’t mix with. They somehow make our blood boil like some vile cauldron in Birnam Wood. The issue popped up again today with another good friend of mine. So I thought I’d weigh in on it.
I remember reading somewhere that it takes approximate one hour for a persons blood pressure to come back down from a spike caused by negative stress. This means that if your Moriarty pisses you off once a week, you will give up over 50 hours of your life every year to that negativity and anger. Huh? Irritation quickly morphs into dislike and then to hate. Jesus said, or was it Yoko Ono, I can’t remember – do not hate. Indeed the opposite of love in not hate…it’s indifference. Strive for indifference. So when your Moriarty triggers that tightness in your gut, that stepped up surge of blood, that urge to engage, you might consider employing Oddball’s admonition to Moriarty, “don’t hit me with those negative waves”.