Day 490: Out with the bad air, in with the good

Anybody else familiar with that phrase?

Out with the bad air, in with the good.

Let’s see what comes up, when I Google that …

(I found that YouTube video here)

Ah! It’s Inspector Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, in “The Pink Panther” movies. I loved those movies and watched them with my son, when he was young.

Here’s what I notice/remember about that film clip, right now:

  1. Somebody uses the word “pervert” in a labeling, judgmental way.
  2. Chief Inspector Dreyfus is about to be discharged from a long stay at a mental rehabilitation facility, when he encounters his old nemesis, which seriously sets him back in his recovery.
  3. Inspector Clouseau is both helping and (mostly) hurting his boss, although his intentions are good.
  4. As usual, there are communication problems with Inspector Clouseau.  In that scene, he pronounces the word “bump” as “bimp,” which is confusing, and stops the action (momentarily).
  5. Inspector Clouseau says, “Out with the bad air, in with the good,” as (he believes) he is saving somebody’s life.

How do I relate that to my life, right now?

  1. I am doing my best to NOT label myself (or other people) in a negative, unhelpful way, as I recover from pneumonia. Unhelpful labels for myself would include “invalid.” Unhelpful labels for others would include … “unhelpful.” It helps me, especially when I am struggling, to believe that everybody is doing the best they can.  That helps me maintain life-sustaining connections. At the same time, it helps for me to ask for what I need, in an effective way.
  2. I am dealing with old nemeses right now, specifically (a) illness and (b) the way illness can negatively affect my self-esteem.
  3. Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to know what is helpful and what is hurtful, especially when I am dealing with unfamiliar situations, specifically pneumonia.
  4. When I am not feeling well and when I am feeling “needier,” I seem to struggle, even more, with communicating clearly with others.
  5. As a person recovering from pneumonia, I have some confusion about “bad air” and “good air,” including my ongoing choices of indoor, outdoor, and fresh air. Also, I know that “good” (mindful and deep) breathing helps with physical, mental, and emotional health, but when I am dealing with new, confusing, or concerning situations, it can be more difficult to breathe “good.”  When I am anxious, ailing, or emotional, I tend to breathe “badly” — that is, less deeply and more shallowly.  And I know I am not alone in that.

What else can Google show me, for “Out with the bad air, in with the good air,” this morning?

Here’s a blog post with that phrase in the title.  And here’s the first line of that post:

There is an Italian proverb that when a door closes, a window opens elsewhere in the house.

I shall now consult my old friend “Google,” for the meaning of that proverb. Here’s what I found, at

“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell

I wonder if that is a helpful quote — in other words, what kind of air is that? — for me (and for you) this morning.

I just visited the Wikipedia page about Alexander Graham Bell, and here are two things I particularly noticed there:

  • He (and family members) dealt with debilitating illnesses. At one point, “his health faltered mainly through exhaustion.” 
  • He was very focused on improving communication among people.

I ask you, dear readers:  is there enough bad and/or good air in today’s post, at this point?

Before I end, I would like to include some visuals, as usual.

First, I’ll check the air in Google Images. Here are some visuals that came up for “Out with the bad air, in with the good” (in order of appearance):

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I would also like to include some recent photos of my own. Here are two images, with inside air:




… and here are a few, with outside air:





Okay!  Time for me to get some air.

Thanks to all those who helped me create this post, to people who are breathing different types of air right now, and to you — of course! —  for reading today.

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31 thoughts on “Day 490: Out with the bad air, in with the good

  1. Those cupcakes are adorable!!!!

    And thank you for including the second part of Bell’s quote — I had forgotten about the staring at closed doors syndrome — and being reminded is a good way to sweep away tendencies that don’t support me!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon — I love how you share your journey with such grace. Hugs

  2. Leave it to me to think of my daughter’s cheeky fiancé who seems to always be sneaking out a little “bad” air and then laughing about it as he gets disapproving looks from my daughter! Luckily, he’s full of lots of good air, too and he’s full proof that some men never tire of fart jokes!

    I hope you’re surrounded by plenty of fresh, healthy, healing good air today and always! 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind hope. I guess I could be grateful that your daughter’s “cheeky” fiancé won’t be visiting me today (although he sounds rather nice). In any case, I completely appreciate YOUR visit.

      • He is very nice and always trying to make us laugh. Luckily, he’s also very responsible and treats my daughter like a queen. 🙂 Always happy to visit!

  3. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Those guppy cakes look awesome.. Where is taste-o-vision when you need it. Feel better my friend.. Have compassion on your suffering…

    • Your compassion is definitely helping me increase my own. Thanks so much for your visit (and your creative wish for taste-o-vision).

  4. I had not thought of that sort of bad air until reading disappearingwoman’s comment immediately above, Ann. Being in such cheeky situations myself, I do not recall that being a time where it’s then “in with the good.”

    That famous quote is very appropriate for so many things. I recall the two generations ahead of me in life saying it often to illustrate life lessons. Things will get better. Breathe deep and assess your situation. Make your own fate. That’s what I came away with from them reciting me that line.

    Your pneumonia is knocking you for a loop, still, I can tell, Ann. How long are we into that two-week window the doctors gave you? Yes, we, on purpose.

    Happy Cinco de Mayo. Can you get outside a bit today? It’s sunny today in Syracuse, and I bet it is in Boston, too.

    • Yes, Mark, pneumonia is still knocking me for a loop.

      I sent my Primary Care Physician an email this morning, letting her know about my concerns and questions about my progress. I am off from work this week, for my usual springtime vacation week, but it’s really a sick leave this year, which can feel depressing. I am seeing my cardiologist this week, and all my doctors work together as a team, so I’m sure I’ll be getting helpful information. And when I return to work (perhaps next week), it will definitely be part time.

      With all my years of dealing with various medical challenges, Pneumonia seems to be taking up an inordinate amount of (bad) air time, and I’m yearning for some equal time for healthier Ann!

      Thanks for all the parts of your comments, Mark — cheeky and otherwise. And I will definitely get out for some fresh air today (although it’s very cloudy right now).

      • It is time for your your crackerjack medical team to put their heads together and say, what the hay (fever) is going on here with our dear Ann. All joking aside, I remember having bronchial pneumonia at the conclusion of my first year of college and it had me flat on my back for two weeks. The college infirmary doctor said I had the measles. My parents brought me home and our doctor properly diagnosed it and I couldn’t start my summer job for two entire weeks because I was two tired to get out of bed. And I was a kid.

        There, didn’t that cheer you up?

        Please have a good day.

      • Information, especially from a caring source, is always helpful, Mark.

  5. I am longing to experience what I see in your out-door air photos Ann. I hope you feel better soon!
    Diana xo

  6. As long as you are breathing Ann you are alive 🙂
    You may feel lousy, weak and needy. But you are allowed to be like this… You are recovering and healing.
    Perhaps it is time to let go of “pneumonia” in your thoughts and words, so your body can let go of it as well.
    Why not choose a new word to focus on that brings you towards wellness with each breath.
    I’ll now step down from my matron soap box and send you a big virtual healing hug.
    Val xo

    • Thank you for this comment, Val. I wonder what word I should use, instead? I guess I’m holding on to the word “pneumonia” as a way to explain how I’m feeling and how long it’s taking me to recover. But I am taking in your suggestion, for sure (as well as your hug).

      • Choose a word that comes from your heart and soul …. Let that be your focus as you gain your strength back.
        Be tender towards yourself and this body. They are so precious.
        …. And follow up with the doctor too.
        Thinking of you this morning and hoping the day brings good air.

      • After reading this comment, I choose the word “tender.” Thank you for all of this, Val.

  7. Having a clip of one of my favorites brought some ‘good air’ laughs. And those cupcakes looked pretty good too. May lots of good air bring a swift recovery.

  8. Struggling. It sucks.
    But — I think it’s what helps us understand each other, to appreciate people who are so different from us. Maybe in the end, it’s what keeps us from killing each other. If we can’t understand anything, at least we understand that — being lost, helpless, needy, lonely, in pain, in despair, grieving — at some level, they are all the same thing.
    You probably didn’t need this lesson of suffering because you’re so empathetic. And you’re so full of life already. I wish that you didn’t have pneumonia, that the pneumonia wasn’t causing you to feel needy and to doubt yourself. But when you feel needy, that’s a gift for your friends — we can write consoling things, we can bring you blue vases. in a way, your vulnerability and your neediness strengthens other people’s connection to you and to life.

    But please remember that when you doubt yourself, that you are truly, irrevocably amazing.

  9. Feel better and in with the good… Love, Lor

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  11. Dear Ann,

    I’m searching for a post of yours from about two weeks ago… it was about opposites (and feeling down or something similar). I wanted to comment on it but then I got busy with other things and forgot… If you could please send me the link to that post. Thanks, Heila

  12. Thomas Hickey

    “Out with the bad air, In with the good” was the chant used to keep up a rhythm with the old back pressure- arm lift method of artificial respiration. It was used by lifeguards, swimming coaches, and the Coast Guard untl it was replaced by the mor efficient mouth-to-mouth respiration in the 1960’s.

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