I woke up in one place this morning, but my mind was going lots of places, wondering what I might post about today.
Here’s the first thing I heard, on the radio:
On a morning like this, rainy and dark, we would expect problems on the road. Here are some spin-outs and accidents on your commute this morning.
Sounds like some cars were all over the place, too (before ending up in one spot).
Are there any places I want this post to go, before I hit the rainy road?
For those who read my post yesterday, I want to tell you that — after I fearfully went all over the place from watching the beginning of a webinar about my very unusual heart (which had some scary data) — I watched the rest of it, which brought me to more balanced, hopeful places.
This is a particularly extreme and painful form of fortune telling, where we project a situation into a disaster or the worst-case scenario. You might think catastrophizing helps you prepare and protect yourself, but it usually causes needless anxiety and worry.
Examine the Evidence.
Instead of assuming your negative thought is true, look at the evidence. For example, if you think “I never do anything right,” list some things you do well..
My mind has been going all over place, distracted, as I’ve been writing this, because the toilet has been running, running, running (while staying in one place), without stop.
I just fixed it, and that annoying noise has stopped. Now my mind can go other places.
Yesterday afternoon, my car went all over the place (because I misunderstood some instructions from my GPS system, Waze) on my way to see my therapist. I haven’t seen my therapist for a while, so our conversation went all over the place. At one point, the meandering discussion stopped at this blog, as follows:
Me: I’ve been posting every day since January 1, 2013, and I haven’t received any negative comments. Not one.
My therapist: That’s extraordinary.
My thoughts are going all over the place, right now:
- My therapist just does not know my readers. If she did, she wouldn’t be that surprised.
- When I’m writing a post and my thoughts and words are going all over the place, I often do imagine negative comments somebody might make.
- What if somebody did make a negative comment here? So what?! I like to invite negative reactions in my work as a psychotherapist … I’m sure I would survive (and learn from) any negative comments, in any place.
- I wonder what I should eat for breakfast?
I think this post has successfully gone all over the place. Are there any other places I want to send it, before it comes to a stop?
I admire how you turn readers on to artists and songs they’d otherwise never encounter, Ann.
I like going places that my readers — including Mark — send me.
Recently, when I was walking and thinking all over the place, I heard “Me and My Town” from Anyone Can Whistle — a musical Stephen Sondheim wrote when he was very young (before he really went places).
Even if you go all over the place on WordPress, I doubt you’ll encounter “Me and My Town” anywhere else. Here it is, from the original cast of Anyone Can Whistle.
When I was listening to”Me and My Town,” sung by Angela Lansbury, I took some photos of my town, Boston, which I would like to show you today.
Hmmm. I’m going all over the place, right now, looking for those photos I took last week. I know there were lots of photos of
[Me and] my town, battered about …
… Grass on the sidewalks, but not in the park
… but I can’t find those images right now. That’s not surprising … they look like a lot of other photos I take for this blog!
(Pssst! If you want to see all the lyrics of “Me and My Town,” here‘s another place you can go.)
I have to leave soon to go another place (that would be work), so here are some photos you haven’t seen before, taken in Boston, which will just have to do:
I’ll end this all-over-the-place post with some words the Mayoress from Anyone Can Whistle sings again and again, as she goes all over the place in “Me and My Town.”
We just want to be loved.
Thanks to everybody who ever goes all over the place, which (I assume) would include Dr. Carole Warnes* (the expert from the webinar on congenitally corrected transposition), my therapist, Mark Bialczak, Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury, the people of Boston, and — of course! — you!
* One more place I want to go, here. When I googled “Dr. Carole Warnes” just now, I found another WordPress site, called “Adventures of a Funky Heart.” I’ll be going there (and other places) soon.