Day 1047: Room

I hope you have room for some roomy associations with “room” today.

I’m leaving room to tell you that I’ve written three previous posts about “room” — here, here, and here. Perhaps you’ll have room in your day to read them.

Yesterday, in two separate rooms at work, there was room for me to facilitate group therapy.  In every therapy group, no matter what room it’s in, I always make room for a mindfulness exercise. In the first group, people asked to focus on something they noticed in that room:


After the mindfulness exercise, we had room to talk about the idiom “Elephant in the Room.”

I shall now make room for a definition of “Elephant in the Room.”

an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

Later, we made room to express roomy thoughts, feelings, or images about this roomy topic:


I had room, in that group room, to write and share that one of my core values is making room for myself and others to grow and learn.

Before I  ended the group in that room, I asked if there were any elephants in the room. I hope people felt room to be honest when they all said there were no elephants in the room, besides the little origami one.

Later, in another group room, I asked people to mindfully look up and focus on the ceiling in that room. I had room to share that, when I was a kid, I would look up at ceilings and imagine that the ceiling was the floor, leaving me room to visualize walking on it.  There was also room for me to mention a movie where Fred Astaire dances on the floor, the walls, and the ceiling,  in a room that revolves:

I had room in my head for that wonderful dancing memory in that room, last night, because I knew that tonight I’d be going to see “So You Think You Can Dance” in a great room in downtown Boston.

I assume I’ll have room in tomorrow’s post to write about that.

I shall now make room  for other photos I had room to store on my iPhone, yesterday:

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Speaking of storage room, I’ve been getting a message that my laptop hard drive is running out of room.

Everywhere in my life, I’m making room for the philosophy in this book about decluttering rooms:


Make room for the important things in your life by throwing away everything you do not love.

I hope you know there’s room for any thoughts or feelings you have about this roomy post, below.

There’s always room for gratitude, so thanks to  therapy groups, people who leave room for dancing, Fred AstaireMarie Kondo, the driver who left room for that “I love science” bumper sticker, everybody who had room for Mama’s vegetable soup at work, those who celebrate Diwali, elephants everywhere, and you — of course!  — for making room, here and now.

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27 thoughts on “Day 1047: Room

  1. I love that you always have room for gratitude and other things in your life.

    I always have room for your delightful view of life that fills all the rooms in my mind with wonder and awe and joy and love!

  2. It might be too obvious to bring up Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own or even Lessing’s To Room 19. But then for some reason I got to thinking about Ionesco’s The Chairs, perhaps making the leap from elephants to rhinoceroses, and how many plays are set within a single room. And even the ones that aren’t take place in a single room.
    That led me back to the thought that we always have a room of our own: our minds. The elephant in the room is not always the problem. Sometimes it’s the elephant in our mind.

  3. I always have room for the sweets of Diwali. Happy Diwali!

  4. “Make room for the important things in your life by throwing away everything you do not love.” – It is so beautiful.

  5. May the elephant in the room always be elegant origami.

  6. Sitting now in my room of my own, I’m making room for your capaciously roomy and inviting blog post. I love the way you always make room for all and room for more.

  7. The photos of that table are great.

  8. There’s always lots of room for you Ann and your insightful ways of bringing attention to what may or not be in the room! One day I hope to be in a room with you. xo

  9. This blog brings faith to me!

    “I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”

    -Immanuel Kant

  10. Reblogged this on Ancien Hippie.

  11. There is no greater punishment for me than to ‘be towed’. If you have room in your day you can read the reason here:

  12. Pingback: Day 1048: Time Stops | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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