It’s Monday, I’m anxious about a few things, and it would be helpful to post some helpful reminders to myself today.
I find Post-It Notes useful in such situations.
Post-It Notes are among several props I use in my work. (Other props have included (1) magic wands, (2) clickers to help people notice cognitive distortions, and (3) baskets that get passed around at groups, holding slips of paper with questions or information.) As I said to my BF Michael last week, “Perhaps I’m the Gallagher, or even the Carrot Top, of Therapists.” (Michael has some judgments about prop comedians, so he looked dubious.)
Here are some helpful reminders for me to post, today.
- Those tasks you’ve been procrastinating? Let go of shame and take a first step.
- Set limits, by being clear about what you can and cannot do right now.
- It’s okay to sing out loud when you feel like it.
At this point, I would like to present some data I recently gathered in support of # 3, above.
I collect unusual (not expensive!) watches, so another position on my Personal Support Team is Watch Battery Replacement Expert. (For posts about other team members, see here and here.) Watch Battery Replacement Expert has been an empty position for a while, so this past weekend I scouted local sites for candidates. And I found this gentleman:
This is Doug Marcou, from Marcou Jewelers. I’m sure he’s going to be a fine Watch Replacement Specialist. What I also appreciated about my first encounter with Doug was that, while I was waiting, he was singing along to the tunes that were playing in his store, with some wonderful joie de vivre.
So, now, when I feel like singing, I can challenge self consciousness with that memory of Doug singing out — in fine voice and in fine fettle — replacing that watch battery in his store.
So, thanks to Doug, thanks to Gallagher and Carrot Top, and thanks to you, too, dear reader.