Last night, in a therapy group, we focused in the concept of “taking a break”‘(among many other issues).
I am taking a break in this post, already, to interject my belief that “taking a break” was on people’s minds last night partly because their friendly neighborhood group facilitator (that’s me) will be taking a vacation break for the next two weeks.
During the group last night, we discussed how difficult it can be for people to
- take breaks, to get some much-needed rest, and
- get breaks, from bad luck and other unfortunate circumstances beyond their control.
When I start my two-week vacation tomorrow, I hope I can get breaks from
- and cognitive distortions like catastrophizing, comparisons, mind-reading, and personalizing
… but I work hard at getting breaks from those, even when I am not on vacation.
I am taking another break, in this post, to wonder why taking breaks from worry, fear, etc. is SO difficult for me and other humans beings. Geeesh!!! Can’t we ever get a break?
At this point, I am not sure how I am going to get breaks during my trip next week to Edinburgh, Scotland, to send my daily posts to you, through WordPress.
But, PLEASE do not suggest that I take a break from WordPress during my travels, dear readers! I hope I’ve broken through any doubts about something, by blogging daily, since January 1, 2013, through
I don’t WANT to take a break from blogging.
So, as I like to say, in individual therapy, group therapy, and elsewhere:
We’ll figure it out.
I just hope my thumbs don’t break, with all this typing on my friggin’ iPhone keyboard.
Let’s see what other images I captured on my iPhone, during breaks in the action yesterday:
I took a break during a mindfulness exercise in my 3 PM group to notice that this Buddha on my desk looked like he was laughing. That gave me one of my most delightful breaks of the day.
Then, when my day was done, I took some breaks during the walk to my work garage to snap these seven photos:
I know that Fenway Park in Boston (glimpsed in most of those photos) , was filled last night with thousands of lucky people taking breaks to enjoy two of my favorite musicians — James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. While I would love to see them both performing live some day, I would never take a break from my therapy groups to do that.
I am taking another break to inform you that WordPress, this morning, is taking MUCH longer breaks than usual, uploading my photos. I wonder if — after posting so many photos for so many consecutive days — I’ve finally broken WordPress.
I just took a break from writing this post to create more storage space for my photos on WordPress, by breaking down the number of pixels for several old pictures here (including some I took during a previous visit to Edinburgh). That gave me a wonderful break to remember how beautiful Edinburgh is.
That’s not one of the photos I just broke down, but I’m sure that my son Aaron (breaking into a smile on the left), my ex-sister-in-law Deborah, and I will soon be seeing Professor Neal Portenza (right) in his new show titled “Catchy Show Title” at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (which opened last night!!).
I’m going to take one more break for myself to post one more photo here, of cats taking a break:
Let’s take a musical break, now, to see and hear the two amazing performers I missed last night:
A beautiful break of thanks to Bonnie Raitt, to James Taylor, to Cin CA (for posting that video on YouTube), to Aaron, to Deborah, to Dr. Neal Portenza, to all the people in my therapy groups, to everybody who took a healing break yesterday, to cool cats everywhere, and to you — OF COURSE! — for taking a break to visit me here, today.