Day 678: Consistent

Last week, at one of my therapy groups, somebody said to me,

You’re nothing if not consistent, Ann.

I guess I am consistent. That is, there are things I seem to do consistently, including:

  • I check definitions of words, to make sure we’re all on the same page (or screen):

[kuh n-sis-tuh nt]
1. agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory:
His views and actions are consistent.
2. constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.:
a consistent opponent.
3. holding firmly together; cohering.
4. Archaic. fixed; firm.

  • I take a few tries to find a definition that seems good enough and translates easily into a post here.
  • I play around with formatting these posts, in order to make them easier to read and understand (despite my naturally meandering and consistently varied thoughts).
  • I hear what people say, and some things seem to stick more than others.

When something sticks, I wonder about it. For example, when somebody says:

You are nothing if not ____________

… does that mean that if you are NOT that thing, that you are …. NOTHING?

What do you think?

I think not.

Because, it’s impossible for any one of us to be NOTHING.  I mean, it’s just simple math.

1 ≠ 0

Mathematically, that reminds me of this: my faithful and amazing reader Maureen a/k/a Sitting on My Own Sofa a/k/a Mom Learns Math has started a new WordPress blog, which I highly recommend.

That paragraph demonstrates something else I do, consistently: link to the same place multiple times, for emphasis (although, not always).

More consistencies, from me, in my blog posts:

  • Quotes from famous people, like

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Photos I’ve taken recently (like yesterday).

IMG_1828 IMG_1840 IMG_1842 IMG_1843 IMG_1845 IMG_1847 IMG_1848 IMG_1851 IMG_1853 IMG_1854

I’m also consistent with this: trying to capture the moon (as in those last four photos).

Another consistency (foolish, hobgoblin, or otherwise)?  My love for music. And I hope I am consistent in posting music that fits my topics, well enough.

I forgot another consistency: inviting audience involvement, in an authentic way. What music (or image or anything else) might YOU choose, for today’s topic?

Here’s my musical choice:

(Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane perform, oh-so-beautifully, “My One and Only Love,” captured by this YouTube video for all time, I hope)

Thanks (and love) to one and all!

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22 thoughts on “Day 678: Consistent

  1. it can be helpful to maintain harmony
    as others feel safe, kind of, knowing what to expect 🙂

  2. I think “are nothing” is really a figure of speech “almost always”, but being consistent is a good thing, maybe it’s a state of living honestly.

  3. There’s a constriction that comes with these words. A giving on the one hand and a taking away with the other.
    I would say – you are gloriously consistent Ann and that is comforting 🙂

  4. Loved the quote by Emerson. No hobgoblins for me!
    I am so glad you post consistently.

  5. Ann, I think consistency is a good thing and a large of ingredient of integrity. ❤
    Diana xo

  6. I think of you as consistently questioning, Ann. Which is a unique kind of consistency, secure but not fixed. Most of all, you are consistently kind.

    Thank you so much for linking to my blog! I am very surprised. It’s just a blog about my attempt to finally overcome my mathlessness, and probably not of much interest to anybody but my kids. But — I encourage other mathphobes to learn math, too, and maybe even make their own math blogs.

    It would be wonderful to see a grassroots math-literacy movement, led by math-phobes. Math is so much fun when it’s not terrifying. I think we were all given math brains to play with, but somehow I left mine in the closet for too long.

  7. I like it when people relates math to real life or concept. This reminds me of some saying we need to try achieve 1+1 to equal to 3.

  8. You consistently inform, educate and entertain, Ann. You are the new daily newspaper. And you know what that means coming from me. You are even delivered by the screen door, right next to the big tree.

  9. I’ve learned the proper way to read your posts: first click on the music as it sets the mood so well 🙂 I’ve been doing so consistently (well, at least when I can access WP), and you’ve been consistently excellent in your writing and sharing (and teaching of life) that makes the day that much brighter. Wish you a great coming week Ann!

  10. I am intrigued by Emerson’s hobgoblin of little minds comment. I have never run into a hobgoblin, unless it is myself. I must find out more about hobgoblins.

  11. Reblogged this on Nessa's Notions and commented:
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