Day 885: Believe that you’re going to be okay

Yesterday, during a therapy session. I wrote this on my office whiteboard:

I wrote that for somebody who’s been having  some very painful and stubbornly unshakable worries about the future. Recognizing that as a helpful antidote for the cognitive distortion of catastrophizing, she took a picture of it, so she could look at it whenever the negative, frightening thinking came back.

As you can see, I took a picture of it also, to help with my own automatic, fortune-telling thoughts.

I think that picture  has been working, because I do believe that I’m going to be okay … today, tomorrow, and the next day.

Do you believe that, now, for yourself?

Here are some other things I believe that helped me (and perhaps others) to be okay, yesterday:


Okay! I do love adventure, but I don’t think I should howl at this particular moment.  I believe that howling is okay, but it’s extremely early in the morning, right now.

Believe that I’m going to be okay today at a conference on medical practice innovation in Boston (and afterwards, at one of my therapy groups at work).

Before I leave, is it okay if I share some “Believe that you’re going to be okay” music?

I believe that you’re going to be okay with one of these “Believe” songs.

“Believe”‘by Mumford & Sons:

“I’m a Believer,” performed by the Monkees:

“Reason to Believe” by Bruce Springsteen:

I believe this is the last song it’s okay to post: “I Believe in You” from the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Robert Morse (who I believe that you’re going to know  from “Mad Men”):

Believe that I’m going to be okay if you suggest another song (or express anything you believe is going to be okay, in a comment).

Believable thanks to everybody who helped me create this okay post and to you — of course! — for believing enough to visit here, today.

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50 thoughts on “Day 885: Believe that you’re going to be okay

  1. I found this extremely helpful – thank you.

  2. Having lost two adult children over the last 3 years, the loss is hardly bearable, yet we both are alive and living the best we can. We have each other and still laugh at times, not as often as before but we do.
    We both write words down and that is our sole therapy. We too believe we will survive and keep going forwards.

  3. Great post. Don’t stop believin’

  4. “Do You Believe in Magic?” I do. Thanks, Ann. ☺ Van (living life off leash)

  5. “I Believe Our Time is Gonna’ Come”..REO Speedwagon…..Have a Great Day!

  6. Almost one year ago my wife and I were driving home when she got a phone call from my doctor. When she hung up she told me I’d been diagnosed with testicular cancer. And my first thought was, “Oh, thank goodness. I thought something was wrong with one of our dogs.”

    I believed everything was going to be all right, and so far I’ve been right. And I believe everything will be all right for all of us.

    Thank you. And now it’s time to howl.

    • Christopher! Your wife must have absolute faith in your driving, to give you need like that while you are at the wheel. That says a lot about you.

      • Oh, I should have clarified that she was at the wheel. My doctor also would have preferred to break the news personally rather than over the phone, but believed I had a blood clot in my leg and that I needed to get to the emergency room as soon as possible.

    • More than ever, Christopher, I believe that everything is all right with you.

  7. yeseventhistoowillpass

    I’m okay even when things turn a bit rough. They never last..
    Sometimes they last for years but eventually they pass..

  8. Ann… I believe, I believe, I believe in you.

    I also believe some of those cats may be clones.

  9. Marcia Dubreuil

    I think Tim Hardin wrote “Reason to Believe.” and the best all-time version of it, now lost forever except to memory, was done by Phil Ochs. I’m sure The Boss does a nice job too. Hard to mess up a song like that.

    And yes, you’re gonna be OK!

  10. I’m a believer in the power of your posts Ann. Always subtle, yet so powerful.

  11. Every day was the power to be okay. Okay can happen just minute to minute. Definitely a good exercise in grounding.

  12. I believe I really liked ‘I’m a believer’ – okay?

  13. I agree Ann, one has to believe, it’s similar to faith but “belief” is more proactive I suppose. Thanks for all these beautiful lessons.

  14. Another great post, Ann. I remember my dad using this acronym, may he rest in peace, something he heard an LA radio talk show guy say a lot, EGBOK, “Everything’s Gonna Be OK.” And then there’s that pithy turn from AA, “Don’t live in the wreckage of the future.” I use that one a lot with my clients!

  15. Ann, you’re more than OK, you’re A-OK in my books! ❤
    Diana xo

  16. You’re OK, I’m OK. I believe it, Ann. Call me or email me after your busy stretch is over about next Saturday, and we’ll be hunky-dory. 🙂

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