Day 662: Flooded

It’s been raining incessantly here, for the past few days. There’s been water, water everywhere.

The rain has not stopped me from walking my usual mile between my parking garage near Boston’s Fenway Park, and my workplace, a major teaching hospital in Boston.

Last night, in a therapy group, one of the members quoted a Hungarian proverb:

There is no such thing as bad weather. There are only bad clothes.

I have clothes that are good enough, to walk in the rain.  I also have an umbrella, that keeps me dry enough.

Last night, I walked away from work, in the rain, using my umbrella to shield myself and some of my materials for my sold-out presentation on Sunday about The Koplow Method of group psychotherapy.

I don’t have photos from that walk away from work — I mean, I didn’t want to distract myself. I was completely focused on shielding those papers I was carrying so carefully.

If you want to see some pictures from yesterday,  here are some I snapped during the morning walk:

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Here are some photos I took, once I reached the safety of my office:

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I’m wondering: is it okay that I’m showing you those photos?  Am I flooding you with too many details?

On Thursdays, I am usually flooded, at work, with a lot to do. I facilitate two therapy groups — one at 3 PM and one at 5:30 PM.  These groups are “open access,” which means people can attend them as they choose. I love giving people the choice to schedule their attendance way in advance  or spontaneously, at the last minute, so, that means I’m often entering patient numbers into the scheduling system throughout the day. Also, I need to attend some meetings on Thursday. Plus, I see individual patients.

Is this proof enough, that I am often flooded on Thursdays?

I was also flooded yesterday with some feelings and thoughts about my upcoming presentation. Those included:

During this time of the year — as the days shorten and winter approaches — there is a mindfulness exercise I like to conduct in my groups. I gather fallen leaves, bring a selection of those into the group, and invite people to choose a leaf to focus on.

The incessant rain has been an obstacle to my doing that mindfulness exercise.

Yesterday evening, I had about five minutes free, before the 5:30 PM group. I decided I, personally, wanted to connect with some autumn beauty. So I went outside, did my leaf-gathering, brought them in to the group room, and dried them all, well enough:

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That second photo demonstrates how rushed I was.  However, I took the time to capture my rain coat, sitting in the group room:

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One of the things we talked about, during group, was crying. People discussed their experience of

  • feeling better,
  • being exhausted, and
  • moving on

… after being flooded by tears.

After the evening group was over, somebody left her umbrella behind,, but remembered to come back for it. She said, “My mother gave me that umbrella. I can’t lose that.”  And she didn’t.

Which reminds me of those presentation materials I was protecting so carefully, on my walk away from work.

Once I reached the shelter of my garage, I saw some people who work there, who have been very kind to me in the past (see here, for that story). I was so happy to see them,  I distractedly closed my umbrella, and all that water ran down, over my presentation materials.

Flooded.

Oh, well. I can get some more of those, at work today.

Here’s a song I’d like to hear right now, before I venture back out, into the rain. It’s from Flood, an album by They Might Be Giants.

(“Birdhouse in Your Soul” found here on YouTube)

Thanks to They Might Be Giants for the music, to you for bringing a little birdhouse into my soul today, and to all who give themselves, and others,  protection enough from all those things that flood us, every day.

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32 thoughts on “Day 662: Flooded

  1. I am wishing I could attend your upcoming workshop, but it is sold out and I am about 1800 miles away.

    We were flooded here a few short weeks ago. We had rains that the desert simply shouldn’t have to deal with. So much water backed up behind retaining walls that some of the walls came tumbling down. A few cars were crushed and at least one house was left with one end dangling off a cliff. Boulders rolled down mountainsides and left gigantic pockmarks in the pavement.

    Today I am flooded with work, work I never thought I would be doing once I was retired. But I am flooded with gratitude for the opportunity to do this work!

    Hope your day today is dryer, or that at least you can keep your paperwork dry.

  2. lucky 8 X

  3. oh my lots of wet, damp, flooding – here’s hoping for a little sunshine in your life today Ann!
    Diana xo

  4. Flooding made me think of floodlights and light pollution. And that makes me weep. But I promise not to cry on your presentation materials. I like the Hungarian proverb. Very good.

  5. OH, Ann, good for you to keep walking regardless of the weather. YOU inspired ME today, for I too have the clothing to walk no matter the weather. I also wish you all the very best in your presentation and knowing you, you will do outstandingly well. Thank you for this post, and yes, I am making TIME to get here more often. I have missed being here, but in the um FLOOD of explosion over at Petals, I got um flooded out. Now I have my rain gear on! Tee hee …. (and my running sneakers too!) LOL Love, Amy

  6. Flooded is right! It’s been raining non stop here too. Hopefully it gets sunny both figuratively and literally for you this weekend.

  7. I really enjoyed this… Once the kids aren’t pulling at my pj pants I’ll listen to the song!

    Floods of any kind… physically (which keeps we stuck in doors with rambunctious children) or mentally (which keep me stuck in my mind and it’s hard to function with the world outside my mind) are handled much differently since I became a mom.

    I use to just shut it off by sleeping… sleeping after work or on the weekends… but now sleep is not allowed until after 9 pm. .. this has stretched me to have to deal with the physical and mental floods.

    I hope I’ve become a bit wiser… a bit more externally focus during my 7 years of motherhood!! I hope!

    Wishing you a peaceful… sun filled day… no matter the weather

  8. ahahahhaha! after all of that carefulness to dump the water on the papers in the parking garage! That’s awful!! And awfully funny! Good luck recreating them at work today!

  9. Next rainy day post, when you are again flooded with great topics, Ann, I’d like to see a photo of a poodle and a song from O.A.R. Just a twist for the sequel, suggestion-wise, early. Good look on the remaining days leading to the Koplow Method presentation. You are going to slay the sold-out crowd, my friend, dry papers at the ready.

    • The photo of the poodle, I assume, is related to the old joke about raining cats and dogs. The reference to O.A.R. I had to research. Rain or Shine, Mark, it’s always great to see you.

      • Yes, Ann, on the poodle joke reference. Regarding O.A.R., just paddling along with that one, feeling obtuse but happy you get my drift.

  10. Last time I gathered a bunch of leaves up like that, I got poison ivy or oak on me, haha! I hope that never happens to you, it took some serious steroid cream to knock that out. I do my crying in the shower, when I need to. Been blessed with sunny weather here in NC.

    • I’m sorry about the poison ivy or oak. Ouch! . I sure hope I didn’t bring anything poisonous into that group room last night! Thanks for being open about the crying, and I’m glad for your blessings.

  11. I like the closing paragraph with keywords “shelter”, “distractedly” and “flooded”. I have a good time reading it.

  12. “Catastrophizing.
    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.”

    I agree with what you say about “catastrophizing”. This is usually not helpful at all.
    I love all your pictures. I appreciate that you were able to take them and publish them despite time pressures. Thank you.

    Regards,
    Uta

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