Today, on this first Monday of 2015, I am:
- returning to cardiac rehab at one Boston area hospital, for the good of my unusual heart,
- going to my job — as a psychotherapist who specializes in group work and in-the-moment patient support — at a second Boston-area hospital,
- calling administration at a third Boston-area hospital — where I spent much of my childhood and am returning to on Wednesday for a consult with a highly recommended cardiologist — since they sent me a letter over the weekend stating their erroneous assumption that I have no health insurance, and
- calling a cardiologist at a fourth Boston-area hospital — where I get my medical care — to find out the results of a stress test.
All of these actions matter to me, this Monday morning.
This morning, before I leave for the day, I am telling myself:
I matter, as much as anybody else in this world.
That mantra matters to me. It also matters to me to invite you to imagine what phrase might help you, today.
If you thought of a helpful phrase that matters to you, I invite you to say it to yourself (and to share it here, if you choose).
I’m reminded of a mindfulness exercise I use, in my groups, whenever somebody new is present (which matters a great deal). In this exercise:
- when we breathe in, we think of something we want to take in from the universe and
- when we breathe out, we think of something we want to let go of.
Today, I choose to breathe in hope and breathe out fear (which matters and helps).
Yesterday, it mattered to bring along Penny the Pen with me and boyfriend Michael (who matters a lot), as we went walking and then food-shopping at our local supermarket. Would it matter to you if I showed you some photos?
This song mattered to me, when I was growing up in the Northeastern USA:
Many thanks to Michael, to Vahan (previously appearing in this post, which mattered to me when I wrote it), to Mamas & Papas, to children & adults everywhere, to colorful flowers and other blossoming things, and to you, who matters on Monday and every other day of the week.