Day 1068: Dread

Now that you’ve read the dread title of this post, do you dread reading it?

Do you dread posts that link to previous posts that might be dreadfully relevant? (e.g., here,  here, here, here, and  here)

I dread:

  • hurting other people’s feelings,
  • rejection,
  • making a fool of myself,
  • mistakes,
  • death,
  • taxes,
  • losing things,
  • harsh judgments,
  • miscommunication,
  • isolation,
  • illness,
  • violence, and
  • forgetting to express what’s important, including something a patient brought into therapy yesterday:


Isn’t that dreadfully clever?  It’s so great, I dread comparing that to any other definition of dread, like this one:


anticipate with great apprehension or fear.
“Jane was dreading the party”
synonyms: fear, be afraid of, worry about, be anxious about, have forebodings about

great fear or apprehension.
“the thought of returning to New Jersey filled her with dread”
synonyms: fear, apprehension, trepidation, anxiety, worry, concern, foreboding, disquiet, unease, angst

a person with dreadlocks.

greatly feared; dreadful.
“he was stricken with the dread disease and died”
synonyms: awful, frightful, terrible, horrible, dreadful

Obviously, the person who wrote that online definition dreads the state of New Jersey.

Do you dread seeing any of my other photos from yesterday?





Because I dread posting photos that are too confusing, I’ll explain that last one: Yesterday I facilitated a therapy group where we focused on the topic of “sensitivity” and I drew that personal sensitivity scale (with my dreadful handwriting).

Here and now, I do NOT dread:

  • any thoughts, feelings, or other reactions you might share, below, about this post,
  • going into work,
  • weekends,
  • taking a healing breath,
  • focusing on the current moment, and
  • thanking you for reading this!

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56 thoughts on “Day 1068: Dread

  1. I’ll have two servings please but dread washing the plate and fork.

    • You made me smile again, Carl!

      • Father lives with me and we have perfect kitchen efficiency plan. I cook, he does dishes, pots and pans. Sometimes we do load up the dishwasher. He deserves a little break now and then. After all he turned 92 on Sunday.

      • Happy birthday to your father and I’m happy I got two servings of your comments today, Carl.

  2. Not much I dread besides war and violence. Thankfully, neither is affecting me or my loved ones personally, and I hope they do not affect you, either.

  3. I was so dread that I read it to the end 🙂

  4. I thought “Oh oh!” What dreadful offering will Ann have for us today.
    Not dreadful at all.
    A bit like when we face the reality of what we dread xo

  5. New Jersey…always gets a bad rap. ☺ I suspect, even from folks who have never set foot in the state ?

  6. Needless to say I never dread coming here, but I do sometimes dread saying the wrong thing. Hopefully I won’t in this story: the first day I was in Britain several years ago I discovered my camera didn’t work. I dreaded not having any pictures but started buying postcards every place I went. That turned into a hobby of collecting postcards.
    I have several black and white photos from my time there in a yearbook my fellow students put together, but I only have one color picture of myself in Britain. It was taken in London in a music store where a man was dressed as a comic book/movie character. I posed next to him and a friend took a picture for me. In a wonderful coincidence the character was Judge Dread.
    I really should put that picture online.

  7. Wendy

    Departing reality and expecting absolute disaster. That’s awesome. I might have to borrow that. Great post.

    • My patient who came up with that awesome definition said I could use that elsewhere, Wendy, so feel free to borrow it. Great comment!

  8. Holly

    I kind of like that scale, but for work crises vs. sensitivity. 🙂

  9. Janet H

    Sometimes I think dread is my middle name. It’s the expecting part of d-r-e-a-d that gets me every time. One thing I don’t dread is your response–it’s always mindfully wonderful! xxo

  10. It’s funny that Ann would post this, because DREAD is my business! I get paid for being dreadful!

  11. I gave up dreading making a fool out of myself long ago! I do it so naturally that I’ve embraced it as part of myself however I do dread being unkind. That’s the worst I think.

  12. I wouldn’t dread that pasta dish….

  13. No dread here, gf! (except I dread the thought of dread!) I love the positive vibes here.

  14. Ann,
    If we remove the letter “r” from dread we are left with dead. Too often we are fearful of an outcome; whether it be of a medical test, applying for a job or in reaching out to another in a new relationship.
    But, if we allow dread to overtake us and paralyze us in any effort then we are truly dead.
    Life promises us nothing except for opportunity. But, we eventually have to take the first step.That first step is difficult and it often takes great courage, but it is never taken alone if we so choose. We are always in the company of the One who told us that He would never leave us alone.
    And regardless of the outcome at least we will know that we are alive and not dead from dread. Because as we look behind us, we will not see ourselves unmoved, where dread always leaves one.

  15. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GREAT DREAD SCOTT-!!!!!!! 🙂

  16. What a great acronym! I will definitely have to share that one. 🙂

    I dread spiders. And a few other things but mostly spiders. I am thankful I don’t have to dread seeing a spider when I come here to visit with you. 🙂

    Sorry, that was dreadfully lame, lol!

  17. My crossword setter’s pseudonym is Mordred (King Arthur’s evil Knight). One disgruntled solver commented: ‘I dread more puzzles from this setter’. Little did he know that was the kind of negative comment on the offerings on which I had laboured so hard, that I dreaded.

    • Maybe that solver dreaded Mordred’s puzzles because your puzzles were so challenging, Derrick! Sometimes, another interpretation might help Mordred (or anybody else) let go of more dread.

  18. I dread being misunderstood and alone. But, as I’m often alone, I’ve learned to amuse myself and stay out of mischief. 😉

  19. Another great post…

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