Day 698: Discover

Since writing yesterday’s post, I’ve discovered ways to let go of fears about

  • my very unusual heart,
  • how long I have on this amazing earth of ours, and
  • public speaking.

I discovered (again!) that people in the blog-o-sphere, the medical-o-sphere, and the world-o-sphere can help me let go of fears. I also discovered my way, yesterday, to submit a proposal to present a workshop at a group therapy conference this summer, about a form of group therapy discovered by me!

Here’s the no-more-than-50-word description I submitted yesterday, for my workshop presentation proposal:

Discover and experience a new group model (currently thriving in a large medical setting) where participants (1) attend when they choose, (2) identify practical strategies for reducing depression, anxiety, and stress, and (3) support and learn from each other and from a facilitator who role-models vulnerability and authenticity.

Surprised to discover the first word (or any other words) of that proposal? I shall now dis-cover for you the reason for the big finish of that description — the title of the group therapy conference this summer:

Getting Real:  Vulnerability and Effective Group Leadership.

Based on past discoveries, I know this: there are no guarantees I shall be presenting a workshop in June 2015. But I’ve discovered it’s good, for me, to try.

After I wrote my day-after-Thanksgiving blog post yesterday morning, I discovered many things, as usual, in the Greater Boston USA neighborhood where I live. There were two tunes I re-discovered yesterday, playing as I walked around, trying to discover a way to pay a real estate tax bill (among other errands):

(I’ve discovered a live version of The Pat Metheny Group‘s “Here to Stay” here on YouTube.)

The other song (with an interesting title) I re-discovered yesterday during my walk, was “Futures” from the Like Minds album with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, and Dave Holland. As I’ve discovered before, there is no guarantee I shall discover a tune I want to share with you, on YouTube. However, in the search for “Futures” on YouTube, I discovered two wonderful things instead:

I leave it to you to discover what music you want to hear (if any) as you discover some images I discovered, yesterday, on my quest to pay my real estate tax bill, on the day after Thanksgiving, in the northeastern sector of the USA. *

IMG_2548 IMG_2551 IMG_2552 IMG_2553 IMG_2554 IMG_2556 IMG_2557 IMG_2559  IMG_2562 IMG_2564  IMG_2565IMG_2569 IMG_2570 IMG_2571 IMG_2573 IMG_2575 IMG_2585 IMG_2576IMG_2586IMG_2590 IMG_2592 IMG_2593 IMG_2595 IMG_2597

What did you discover, here and now?**

Thanks to all the musicians and non-musicians who contributed to my writing this post and to all those who discovered their own ways to read this today (which, I’m sure you will discover, includes you).


*I know I could discover a better way to write this photo introduction (as well as other things here), but I want to discover new things, today!

** Besides the fact that I didn’t pay my real estate tax bill yesterday.

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24 thoughts on “Day 698: Discover

  1. happy to discover
    that you’ve not let go
    of sharing Pat Metheny
    and other blogging tunes 🙂

  2. I discovered Pat. I’ve heard him play hundreds of times on the radio, and as Jazz music is my favorite genre, I now can put a name to the sound. Thank you!

    Have you listened to any of Peter White’s music?

    Love your idea for your group sessions. The ‘Art of Discovery’ lives within us all, even in our darkest moments, when we have to nudge it forward, there is always something that can awaken within us. Something we didn’t realize, something we had forgotten, or something we couldn’t face all by ourselves. Group therapy gives us hope as we discover that we are not alone.

    • I continue to discover how great it is to have you as a reader. It’s a good day when I can discover this comment and Peter White, too!

  3. I (re)discovered that government only wants your money on their terms.

    Nice try, Ann. Better luck when you have to take time off from your job to get to their open tax collecting office, I have a feeling.

    I love the cardinal in the evergreen. That earns a real yippee from me on my 366th day here.

  4. I discovered how much I appreciate connecting and sharing with you through life’s ups and downs! The music and photos add a bit of zest and nostalgia 🙂

  5. Fifty words for a workshop proposal! That’s a tough requirement.

    The snow is pretty and new.

    • Numbers, Maureen. When will they leave us alone? Actually, the description of my presentation (which will appear in the conference brochure) had to be 50 words or less. I did get more words to sell the selection committee on my proposal. We shall see if the selection committee selects me.

      The snow is new, I agree. Pretty? Oh, all right.

      • I hope that the selection committee selects your workshop, Ann. It seems powerful and effective.

        The snow is very pretty — from far away! {grin} But, I love your photos of cats best, in all weathers.

  6. Your photos are making miss the crisp, cold feeling of stepping outside in the holiday season 🙂 Perhaps the only time I discover I really like the cold… Also, with Pat playing in the background and reflecting on this year, I agree fully with your quote “I’ve discovered it’s good, for me, to try” and great way to end the year and even better way to begin it! Cheers to you and your family over this holiday season!

  7. I am glad I discovered your blog, Ann!!
    I am also glad I discovered the magical herb that keeps my heart doing what it should, and I’m sorry it would likely do nothing at all for you.
    But what works best for me is vitamin sea. I am taking that vitamin right now and will have massive daily doses through Wednesday morning. I am sending you some through the magic of internet right now.

  8. I love the ‘who role-models vulnerability and authenticity’. And I did another wow double-take to see Border Line on the other side of the world in such a pleasing setting.

  9. You made me nostalgic for the times we would head East at Christmas, there were only a few winters, since it made more sense to go visit family in Florida in the winter and family in Rockport, Mass. in the summer…
    I love all the photos that I viewed on this post, but do want to say, you will be fine, your heart is unusual but this doesn’t mean too much. There have been people that have lived through lots of surgeries, others who had none also living long lives… I think our time is meant to spend less on worrying and more on enjoying. There is my ‘pep talk,’ Ann! hugs!

    • This comment, Robin, helped me rediscover hope, in a wonderful way. Thanks for the hug and the talk — I definitely feel more peppy now!

  10. Pingback: Day 770: Am I blue? | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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