I used to worry about repeating myself, but I’ve learned to let go of that.
Yesterday, I repeated the steps of a new (and helpful) habit:
- Recognizing I’m having feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress,
- Reaching out (even if that seems risky),
- Expressing myself (including writing about it here),
- Allowing room for help in return,
- Taking action(s) I know will be helpful, even if they seem (oddly) difficult to do (for example., repeating the action of calling a plumber who hasn’t called me back), and
- Feeling better, letting go of judgment about my process.
Thanks to all those in the world-o-sphere and in the blog-o-sphere (which has its own kind of plumbing) who helped me along with that, yesterday.
Here are some phrases I love repeating to people:
- “No need to apologize.”
- There’s no right or wrong way to do this.”
- “There’s room for all feelings.”
- “All of you is/are welcomed here.”
- “You have all the time you need (believe it or not).”
- “The secret to life is three things: (1) show up, (2) be gentle, and (3) tell the truth.”
- “What do other people think?”
Here are a few of the many things I hear other people repeat, on their own, in therapy groups, to each other:
- “Let it go.”
- “I’ve had a similar experience.”
- “You did the best you could.”
- “I’m grateful for you.”
I’m assuming I’ve repeated some aspects of this post before, and I shall now quote the title of a post draft I wrote on 4/4/13,* four months after I started this daily blog:
Day __: Am I repeating myself? Who cares!
Here are some photos from yesterday. Perhaps some of them will seem like I’m repeating myself. I’m not.
At the risk of repeating myself in my music introductions here, I heard this song yesterday, as I walked to work:
Here’s another version of Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”:
Here’s something else I like to repeat: Any questions?
Many, many, many, many thanks to all who repeat themselves in any way, which would include Al Kooper, Steven Stills, Bob Dylan, everyone else who helped with the creation of this post, and you, of course!
* I love dates that repeat the same number for the month and the year, like 4/4/13. Any guesses why?