Day 1028: Can’t do it alone

Whether it’s blogging, work, play, or other parts of my life, I need support from other people, because I

Even fiercely independent people (like me, sometimes)

I’m a group psychotherapist because I believe people

Yesterday, other group therapists and I discussed how people

That photo I took yesterday

… so here are some other photos:


Yesterday, people tried to guess this riddle

… but nobody could do that alone, so here’s the answer:

No guts.

Even though people

… it takes guts to ask for help and support.


… without music, so here‘s something I heard, yesterday, after the group therapy retreat.

Because I can’t do any blog post alone,

I’d like to thank people who heal in groups, Aaron Copland, Thomas Whaling (for the Copland video), Whole Foods, PetSmart, T.J. Maxx, and you — of course! — for not doing it alone, today.

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56 thoughts on “Day 1028: Can’t do it alone

  1. Very true, a two or three strand cord in not so easily broken as one strand alone.

  2. Yes, we can’t do it alone. Good support is very important… Ah, the “No guts” is the answer of yesterday blog question. Indeed.

  3. What a beautiful post, video and music Ann.

  4. No matter how many times we see the words “can’t do it alone”, those of us who most consider ourselves independent spirits have a hard time with the concept. I can read it , believe it, say it aloud, yet still… Thanks, Ann. Love the video. ❤️

  5. Another winner! I’m glad you can’t do it alone because then I get to do it with you, sharing and firing. No guts! Hah! Thanks for sharing the answer. Here I thought it was “he died.”

  6. I’m a bit confused what is your main point? 😉

  7. Smiling. Reminds me of:

    The dynamic of friendship is almost always underestimated as a constant force in human life: a diminishing circle of friends is the first terrible diagnostic of a life in deep trouble: of overwork, of too much emphasis on a professional identity, of forgetting who will be there when our armored personalities run into the inevitable natural disasters and vulnerabilities found in even the most average existence. […] But no matter the medicinal virtues of being a true friend or sustaining a long close relationship with another, the ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.

    ~ David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

  8. Fun one, Ann!

  9. No guts, huh? I’d like to point out that the skeleton also had no brains, but apparently she want going to let that stop her…

  10. Beautiful post. Loved the video!!!!
    Have a lovely Sunday filled with friends, relaxation and enjoyment.

  11. At the end of the day Ann, we’re really just walking each other home – Dass 😀
    Diana xo

  12. Great reminder .. and much appreciated today Ann 💛

  13. The pet store pigeon reminded me of a time I was sitting on a train alone and saw a train pull up to the opposite platform. The doors opened and a couple of pigeons walked out. My wife didn’t believe me so I felt alone until others told me they’d seen pigeons riding the trains too.
    I’m also thinking of To Kill A Mockingbird, a book many people share, but not many of us say our favorite character is Mrs. Dubose, but I admire her strength and her determination to break her morphine addiction, but of course she can’t do it alone.
    It’s also nice that I’m not alone in commenting here.

    • It’s nice that this is not your lone comment on my blog, Chris. I admire strength and determination, also, and I’m very glad those pigeons were not alone riding the train.

  14. Such a meaningful post Ann. It reminds me of sayings like ‘No man is an island’ and ‘United we stand, divided we fall’. We all need love and support throughout our lives. The picture and comment about the skeleton with no guts is excellent.

    • I’m so glad I don’t have to blog alone on a WordPress island, Millie. I love the support you give here.

      • Thanks, Ann. It’s lovely to read your posts again. I’ve missed so many lately while I get on with my writing.

  15. Hell yes we can’t do it alone, many try though and keep trying because they feel like asking for help to be a weakness in some way, not me of course if I need help I will ask for it but only when I really need it because like many I have times when I think I can do it alone and then get a shock when I in fact cannot

  16. LOL – Should have known…No guts.
    Poor Skele.

  17. This is a very wise post, enlivened by some very charming photos of Halloween cookies and cute rodents…

  18. Without others I am only half of myself. Seriously. Friends and family are the condiment that pulls me together. They compliment me as fries to a burger. No one can do it alone. Teamwork wins the game!

    Ann, would you pass me one of those cookies?

    Thank you!

    It does take two to make a difference. Now that I’ve had my cookie with milk it is off to bed I go.

  19. A good post with a true message

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  22. Great post! Never alone

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