Day 557: What’s missing?

Something that’s missing from this blog? A post with today’s title.

That’s easily taken care of.

Something that was missing from yesterday’s post?  An explanation of what was going on with this tree.


Thanks to a comment from Alarna Rose Gray, that was easily taken care of, also.

Something that was missing for me, yesterday, during a day when I

  1. wrote a blog post,
  2.  conducted two therapy groups,
  3.  connected with people , and
  4. received many positive messages?

Absolutely nothing, really.

However, at various points of the day, I felt like I was missing:

  • a person,
  • the point,
  • the boat,
  • out,
  •  signals,
  • enough sleep,
  • my headphones,
  • what somebody said,
  • a turn,
  • opportunities,
  • a call back,
  • a favorite necklace,
  • a word,
  • food,
  • an important piece of paper,
  • my medicine,
  • feedback from specific people,
  • and so on.

I said to Michael, near the end of the day, “Why can’t I take in all the wonderful things that happened today? Why do I focus on the negative?” And Michael said something funny, which I definitely did not miss  at the time — I remember laughing, very hard.

This post is going to be missing what he said, though, because  I was tired then, and I can’t recall it now.

However, here are some other things, from yesterday, that I did not miss:

IMG_6840 IMG_6841 IMG_6844IMG_6848 IMG_6849   IMG_6851 IMG_6852 IMG_6853 IMG_6855 IMG_6856 IMG_6857 IMG_6859 IMG_6860 IMG_6862 IMG_6863 IMG_6864 IMG_6865 IMG_6866 IMG_6867 IMG_6868 IMG_6869  IMG_6873 IMG_6874 IMG_6875

What’s missing, right now, for you?

Thanks to Michael (for fixing the broken cabinet door in the kitchen), to Alarna Rose Gray (and everyone else who makes comments), to those who get and miss things every day, to medical treaters everywhere, for people who create with chalk (and other media), to the streets of Arlington Massachusetts, and to you — of course! — for getting what you did, today.

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28 thoughts on “Day 557: What’s missing?

  1. This is an easy question. What’s missing is time. 28 hour days. That would be a great length of day right now. 🙂

    What I’ve realized is that when it comes to feelings and actions there is a distinctly important difference even though one can often lead to the other. There is no limit on feelings. You can be angry at one thing, or get angry about everything. You can love multiple people and you can keep having more and more people in your life that you feel love towards. But what you don’t have is unlimited energy and time. These are finite resources in which actions must take place. So regardless of one’s feelings which seem boundless, the realm of actions is very tightly bound. Choose your actions wisely. 🙂

    • Swarn! I’m so glad to see you. I’ve missed your comments lately. Perhaps this is related to time, also?

      I shall do my best to choose my actions wisely, today. Many thanks, as always.

  2. Oh! I really needed to read this post this particular morning. Thank you! Won’t say more here, but once I’ve scrambled through my thoughts a little, I may very well come back.

  3. I am grateful every day for my head being permanently attached to my shoulders…I know I’d miss it for sure on a very regular basis. Now that I came to visit you, I’m not missing anything anymore 🙂
    Thank you for the follow

  4. There are a couple of things on that list above, Ann, that I hope you find, more important than a stray sock or glove.

    Today I am missing a sense of Friday calm. I have a very high pile of to-do these next three days before my new start on Monday. I will, I will, I will.

    You have many people who either want or need to draw and paint in the street over your way, Ann. Very interesting, my friend.

    • And thank you for this very interesting comment, friend Mark. I hope you find a sense of calm, even just for moments here and there, as you prepare for Monday’s adventure. I’m sure you’ll be painting the work-town red, in your own creative way. All the best, this weekend and beyond!

      • Thank you, friend Ann. I will enjoy two evenings of our jazz fest, for blogging, a movie, for other blogging, and regular life moments here and there, for my dear wife Karen, Ellie B and I, as Monday approaches.

  5. Gene Phillips

    What’s missing for me? Right now, it is a firm plan for redoing the floor in the downstairs bathroom, something I will do myself and want to complete by the end of Sunday so that I can install and reinstall the fixtures on Monday. We shall see.

    • Wow! That’s quite an ambitious weekend, Gene. Once you get that plan down, I bet nothing else will be missing.

      • Gene Phillips

        Well, it is still a work in progress. The tearing up and prepping took much longer than expected, but that is OK. Maybe, I will get done by the end of Sunday.

      • Everything is a work in progress, isn’t it? (People seem to find that concept helpful, in my therapy groups.)

  6. A smile was missing… but you’ve taken care of that with this post!
    Diana xo

  7. Why do we focus on the negative is a great question, and one I think more should ponder on and work on changing! Happy Friday Ann!

  8. So now you are moving on to your weekend and I hope that gives you a chance to regroup your thoughts and feel aligned with all the positives! I think that moving about a busy city, as I do, and I know the Boston area is certainly buzzing, we pick up on the heightened sense of urgency that just seems to permeate the air. If you’re sensitive, and I know you are, it just tends to get in there and mess with the inner peace as well as the outer calm! I think you made the most out of your day even with some missing components! It’s so easy to focus on what’s missing. I do it, too, but a lot less on the weekend. On the weekend I practice exhaling. Hope you can, too, Ann! 🙂

    • Your beautifully on-target, wise words are certainly helping me focus and attain more inner peace and outer calm. You don’t miss much, do you?

  9. I’m missing the commenting on other people’s blogs. I’m missing the motivation to reach out to others at the moment. I know it will be back, but right now I’m missing it. I’ve known for a few days, but no one asked me what was missing until now. 🙂

    • These things go missing, temporarily, for all of us, I believe. I’m glad I asked and I’m very glad you answered, Deborah.

  10. I love this post. I love the signs. I’m sorry about the things you were missing, and so glad that you posted photos of signs because I’m a little bit lost right now and signs, even on drains, make me feel like somebody has marked the trail. Or at least walked it.

  11. Not missing. Just tardy!

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