Day 1431: Have you got what it takes?

Have you got what it takes to make your way through yet another daily blog post from me?

Have you got what it takes to guess how I came up with today’s title?


Have I got what it takes to write a blog post that’s worthwhile enough for me and for you?

Have we got what it takes to  …

  • make it through today,
  • make it through this month,
  • make it through next year,
  • connect with each other,
  • treat ourselves and others with respect,
  • love,
  • keep our senses of humor,
  • be strong,
  • be weak,
  • have all our feelings,
  • accept what we can’t change,
  • change what we can,
  • have the wisdom to know the difference,
  • show up,
  • be gentle, and
  • tell the truth?

Have you got what it takes to look at other photos I took yesterday?


















Three years ago, Dr. Sidhu Gangadharan, pictured above, had what it takes to help us — my son Aaron  and me — breathe easier when Aaron had a collapsed lung. If you’ve got what it takes to read a little more about that, see here.

My cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. N.E. Mark Estes, also has got what it takes to make the list of top doctors in Boston Magazine this year.  Dr. Estes  — who says he thinks I can live (almost) forever — has got what it takes to have conversations like this with me, yesterday:

Dr. Estes:  Ann, you look better today than I’ve ever seen you.

Me:  You always say that!

Dr. Estes: But I always mean it.

Have I got what it takes to find music that’s got what it takes for this post?


Have you got what it takes to leave a comment?

I’ve got what it takes to express my gratitude to all those who helped me create today’s blog and to you,  who has got what it takes!

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37 thoughts on “Day 1431: Have you got what it takes?

  1. I’ve been training

  2. Have you got what it takes to have a grumpy cat in this blog everyday?

  3. Ann you’ve always got what it takes. ❤

  4. Those are some lovely stuffed toys.

  5. What a beautiful post that was about Aaron. You never think something like that will happen.

    Sorry that I wasn’t able to post last night. I came back several times but kept getting a server error message.

  6. Have any of us got what it takes to get lost a lot more? That’s a question that intrigues me because so many of us carry devices that provide instant access to maps and other information. Getting lost is now something that must be done consciously. To get lost we must have courage.

  7. I’ve got what it takes. I just seem to have temporarily mislaid where I put it!

  8. You have trained me well, I’m still here. :o)

  9. I haven’t got what it takes but I suppose I’ll dive right it and see if I drown!

  10. I have just about got what it takes to read a few blog posts at the end of another very hectic, emotionally challenging day, caring for my 90 year old dad while my mum is in hospital. Thanks for the diversion!

  11. Do I have what it takes you ask, properly not, just being honest here I suck at most things, things like swimming I most likely would drown I am a terrible swimmer very weak and I have a shocking sense of direction so I often get lost just saying

  12. Yes, Ann I do have what it takes. The same faith, hope, love and courage that you share with us all in your posts.

  13. You have definitely got what it takes to make me comment Ann!

  14. Well I like the “deal with it” pic the most and does santa have a spy camera on him?
    Those docs are top notch for sure and what a gift to have excellent care!
    This post was uplifting Ann

  15. I’ve got what it takes when you post such great pictures. I recently wrote about the fact that you can’t even post a picture of a kitten riding a giraffe without some nut decrying it for being exploitive or too politic–I love your giraffe-riding bulldog. Wish I’d had that pic for my blog!

  16. I haven’t got what it takes, so I scrolled down to leave this comment 🙂
    (Then I thought I might be missing something, so went back and enjoyed the post)


    Hi Ann. I’m a little late on this particular blog. I ran across your blog researching Dr Gangadharan; which lead me to your blog. I love your theme. I believe that we all have what it takes. Its a matter of CHOICE. Which is all life is. One choice after another. My philosophy is as such: We cannot control every situation or challenge that crosses our path in life, but what we can control is priceless. We can control our choices. There are a minimum of 2 choices for every situation, no less. We can choose how we let a situation or challenge effects us, and how we respond to each challenge. Will it effect our moment, our hour , our day or our entire lives. Each individual must make such a choice individually. Choice is a gift of life. We should teach ourselves to know our choices , and examine the potential outcomes of each choice that is before us. thereby making a more informed choice. At first this training takes a little time, but soon it becomes automatic. We will make better choices as a result. Will we always make the “best” of the 2 choices before us? No, remember we are human, and humans do make mistakes. Therefore when we make the lesser of the 2 choices and realize we have done so; we evaluate and learn from the choice we did choose. And once again we have before us more choices.

    With multiple medical challenges I made the choice to teach my brain that they are just that: CHALLENGES. Not diseases, problems, syndromes etc. The brain controls our body. It attempts to supply the body’s needs based on our “mind set” . The brain can deal with a “CHALLENGE” better and in a more positive mind set than a disease or a problem.

    If we can’t beat the challenge, we accept it, but make the choice to seek and find every possible way to improve our quality of life.

    Nobody has the right to take away another’s right of Choice. We make choices 24 hours a day. Even while we sleep our body makes choices based on what we have taught it throughout our lives. “Hey brain, this is bladder…I’m full. Wake Joe / or Sue up so I can be emptied, and generally in response we wake and go empty our bladder.

    Unfortunately many ppl don’t believe they have choices. especially seen in my career as a healthcare worker where I have applied this philosophy in caring and teaching stroke victims for one. They feel they no longer have choices. Take away choices and HOPE disappears. Reveal the victim’s choices informatively and HOPE returns, and the victim becomes a patient that makes the CHOICE to fight back and live a more fulfilling rest of their lives.

    All of our lives it is the same. Know your choices, their potential outcomes, and make better, more positive choices.

    • Hi Arthur! I’m so grateful about the choices you made to read this post and to comment exactly the way you did.

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