Day 1009: On Fire

Yesterday, I was on fire,  taking photos for today’s blog.

For those of you not familiar with the idiom “on fire” —  I wasn’t actually engulfed in flames;  I was inspired by the visuals around me and I captured them with enthusiasm.

I was also on fire listening to lots of music I love, as I went through my day.

As usual, I was on fire with many ideas about

  1. what title to use for this blog post,
  2. what topics to include,
  3. which pictures to choose, and
  4. what music I might share.

Yesterday, after work — when I was on fire trying my hardest to solve my current blogging problem of transferring photos from my iPhone to my laptop — I came up with today’s title.

Much earlier in the day, I was on fire with the idea of naming this post “People You Can Count On.”

Are you on fire to learn more about my process of being on fire throughout the day?

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After looking at that last photo — which includes water, fire’s natural enemy — I am now on fire to share these thoughts with you:

  • Michael, my boyfriend,  takes control of the laundry here, and I’m happily on fire about that.
  • When I can’t control things in my environment — like transferring photos from my phone to my laptop, which SHOULD be easy —  I am sometimes on fire with frustration and anger.
  • I was on fire yesterday, at work, helping other people identify, express,  and let go of frustration and anger.
  • I refuse to duck my responsibility, today, to link to this list of cognitive distortions like SHOULDs and this list of ways to let go of unhelpful thoughts.

What music am I on fire about sharing with you now?

When I was in my 20s, I was on fire with admiration for John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra,  and I loved listening to his album, Inner Mounting Flame.

Yesterday, I heard this on-fire tune, in which John McLaughlin‘s guitar-playing is ON FIRE:

That On-Fire tune is called “Vital Transformation.”  I was also on fire, this morning, when I discovered this string quartet version of John McLaughlin’s transforming music:

Am I on fire with anything else I want to share with you today? I do like this “On Fire” Garry Shandling joke, even though I’ve already included it in this previous post about “I-Statements.”

I met a new girl at a barbecue, actually, a very pretty girl. Blonde, I think. I’m not sure. Her hair was on fire. And all she talked about was herself. You know those kind of girls – “I’m hot. I’m on fire!” You know,”Me, me me!” “Help me! Put me out!” Jesus. Some sort of Hollywood chick.

Are you on fire with any thoughts or feelings about this post?  Leaving a comment might help you put that fire out.

Thanks to everybody who helped me be on fire, today, creating this blog post and thanks to you — of course! — for heating things up here with your support.

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37 thoughts on “Day 1009: On Fire

  1. Gene Phillips

    I love the garden photo and remember the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Enjoy the fire.

  2. Hot, hot, hot – sizzle, sizzle – You be on fire Ann! Too hot to handle! ❤
    Diana xo

  3. Yep – its true. You are one hot momma! 🔥🚒⚡️

  4. One hot blog you have here, always “on fire”, Ann. 🔥🔥🔥

  5. I like the skies on fire

  6. You’ve fired up my interest in the Mahavishnu Orchestra which I’ve heard of but never actually heard. And also fired up my curiosity. Just last night I was remembering Shandling’s sitcom “The Garry Shandling Show” and how funny it was–and specifically a scene in which people were talking about him and his ears were burning. Actually his ears were bright red and smoking.
    I feel like I picked up a spark of the ideas you had as you were working on this.

    • I’m on fire looking for that episode, Chris, and I think this might be the right one, here:

      It’s fun to spark each other with ideas, isn’t it?

  7. That sky was on fire. Beautiful!

  8. Debbie Terman

    53 laundry tricks? After all these years of doing hundreds (thousands?) of loads of laundry, can there possibly be so many things I don’t know?

  9. I’m sure that you’re on fire in the therapy room, helping people incinerate negative thinking. Here’s a song for you: Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

    I’m a man on fire
    Walking through your street
    With one guitar
    and two dancing feet
    Only one desire
    That’s left in me
    I want the whole damn world to come dance with me
    Oh, mhm. come dance with me.
    Over murder and pain come and set you free
    Over heartache and shame,
    i wanna see your bodies burning like old big sun
    I wanna know what we’ve been learning and learning from
    Everybody wants safety (safety love)
    Everybody wants comfort (comfort love)
    Everybody wants certain (certain love)
    Everybody but me

    • You were completely on fire with this selection, Maureen. I loved everything about it.

      Because you’re always so supportive of my son (and me!), I’m going to respond to your lovely comment by sharing another misheard-lyric video my son made four years ago, which features a man on fire.

      • I remember this! Aaron made the best misheard lyrics — but, reading along, they always seem like the right lyrics to me. Definitely, the college acceptance people should see this. Aaronn had (and has) such a great sense of humour. (Note the reference to Louie, Louie part way, too. And if you follow it to Youtube, you end up with Serious Economics .)

  10. NotAPunkRocker

    Somebody forgot to pillowcase the duck!

  11. Love the reflected photos and the cabbage path. I was also glad of your links to the cognitive distortions, and ways to let go – a very helpful reminder, thank you.

  12. Couldn’t help but think of this…

  13. Those sunset photos are blazing, Ann! Or are they sunrise photos? In either case, red hot!

  14. that sunset was on fire! beautiful!

  15. Love those ornamental cabbages and the fiery sunset photos!

  16. What beautiful sunsets Ann!

  17. I could use some of that flame right now. It seems my candle is going out.

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