Day 1171: Finally

Firstly, I’m calling this post “Finally” because of two photos I’m finally sharing now:



Secondly, I wrote “THIS IS GOING TO BE OVER IN HALF AN HOUR” on my office whiteboard to help somebody who has panic attacks rarely lasting  longer than 30 minutes. I hope remembering that finally helps that person have fewer and shorter bouts of panic.

Finally, here are all the other photos I took yesterday:










Personally, when I say or write “Finally,” I often discover I have more I want to express. In therapy, we call that the “doorknob statement” —  an often important statement somebody shares when finally leaving the office, holding the doorknob on the way out.

Finally, here’s my doorknob statement for today:

Finally, I’m letting go of old fears about my health, about performing in front of others, and about taking up space.

Finally, I’m ready to thank all those who helped me create today’s “Finally” post and you — of course! — for reading it, finally.


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26 thoughts on “Day 1171: Finally

  1. Is there something special about 17th? πŸ™‚

  2. Scary that I fully understand the taking down the Christmas tree. Good one! Cheers, Ann.

  3. Finally I have a name for the thing I often do, Ann. Doorknob statement! Thank you! ❀
    Diana xo

  4. It’s wonderful to be able to add “doorknob statement” to my lexicon and that got me thinking about “malarkey” and “shenanigans”. So of course I went to the Oxford English Dictionary and was told that for both the origin is “obscure”. That’s disappointing although both words are still fun to use.

  5. As always, I get great ideas from you, Ann! Finally, I love the “30 Minutes” approach. ❀ ❀ ❀

  6. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin go bragh! And, I love it when you take up space.

    • Maureen

      So, as it turns out, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until tomorrow! Now I get to enjoy two of them back to back….

  7. The end of a therapy session probably produces the doorknob statement the way that a.deadline produces an essay– it is now or never.

  8. Hi Ann, it worries me that someone felt the need to create a poster about Ginger Acceptance. Being a redhead, as I was before my hair went this weird platinum blonde color, it worries me greatly that people like to make fun of redheads. I blame “Southpark” for all of this. Redheads are definitely different, all the redheads I have ever had the honor of meeting are special, unique. Did you know the redhead race is a dying race? I say every day should be Redhead Acceptance Day.
    Hope you have a most jubilant day!!!!!!!!

    • I was worried about that, too, SD, because my son is a ginger. I hope that he won’t be one of the final ones, if the redhead race is truly dying out! Finally, I’m feeling pretty jubilant after reading your comment.

      • Yay for redheads and Yay for Ann finally feeling jubilant. Happy St. Patrick’s day to you!!!!

  9. Amen, Finally, to letting go of the anchors in life. What is necessary for boats, can only hold us down.
    Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

  10. Carol Ferenc

    Oh, dear, if I ever see one of my cats toting a four-leaf clover around, I’ll know what happened πŸ™‚
    I’m so glad your old health concerns are behind you, Ann. Finally and forever.

  11. This post seems like it need 3 “Finally” to finally ends. It is difficult post to finally ends πŸ™‚

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