Day 1623: What thoughts intimidate you?

What thoughts intimidate you?

Your own thoughts?

Other people’s thoughts?

These days, I am more intimidated by my own unhelpful thoughts than I am by other people’s thoughts.

Any thoughts about my photos from yesterday?













Do any of those thoughts or photos  intimidate you?

Yesterday, I was not intimidated by the thought of becoming President of the Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy (NSGP). Nobody else seemed intimidated by the thought of that, either.

Tonight, after another full day at the NSGP annual conference, I’m going to see the intimidatingly talented jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny.  I just searched for “Pat Metheny intimidating” in YouTube, and here‘s what came up:

Please leave any thoughts in a comment, below.

Thoughtful thanks to NSGP, to Erica (a board member from the New York affiliate group therapy organization), to Steve Cadwell (who ran yesterday’s “Group Therapy as Theater” Workshop), to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Pat Metheny,  to everyone else who helped me create this (I hope!) non-intimidating post and — of course! — to YOU.

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32 thoughts on “Day 1623: What thoughts intimidate you?

  1. What thoughts? Ann, do you have that much time to listen?

  2. The thought of routine,without variety or change, intimidates me. I am not a ritualistic person. Nice photos. Every day! πŸ˜‰

  3. When I think about how some people don’t even realize how their thoughts and actions are fueled by fear and hate and how this affects the whole, how it could blow up in all our faces. Love is the answer Ann and I guess all I can do is control my actions, all I can do is love and hope it catches on. ❀
    Diana xo

  4. Congratulations, Madame President!

    None of your photos today intimidate me, thank you. πŸ™‚

  5. Summer Social. Do I need to bring anything? Will I have to make small talk with strangers? What if no one I know is there? Intimidating…Lol.

  6. The thought of having more responsibilities than what I already have now.

  7. Intimidating thoughts may be useful. They may help us prepare for the future, or help us recognize unhelpful ideas and feelings. That may be an example of me finding a bright side to almost anything, a thought that doesn’t intimidate me, especially knowing that you are now President of an organization as diverse and wonderful as the pictures you share.

  8. First, congrats! Second, the cute girl looks like you but I don’t think you got extensions, so who is she? My most recent intimidating thought was that replacing the old Tiles (electronic locating tags you put on keys and other easily misplaced items) would be too hard. I put it off for months. Finally, feeling much better these days after hospital and procedures and overall ick, I tackled it yesterday. It was very hard, because, as it turns out, the iPhone app needed to be reinstalled. A tech guy in the Philippines who helped me via chat was amazing. I got cut off from him 3 times and he kept connecting back with me. All is well now!

    • That is Erica, who is on the board of directors of a New York-based group therapy organization affiliate. I am glad that all is well now with you, Sunny!

  9. The shorter list would be what doesn’t intimidate me………………………….lol
    I am a big ole scared cat…………….hell a mouse would scare me if I was a cat

    • I’m so glad that commenting here does not intimidate you, Joanne. I suspect that you’re braver than you think.

  10. So many things intimidate me….but never, ever, here.

  11. hello ann koplow its dennis the vizsla dog hay wel yoo no most things intimidayt me!!! but fortchoonatly i hav mama arownd to run interfeerense for me!!! so i gess yoo cud say not having mama arownd is wot intimidayts me the most!!! ok bye

  12. Maureen

    Congratulations on becoming President. You are the kind of President we can all be grateful for.

    I like the picture of the gender inclusive accessible washroom. There is nothing intimidating about that sign. πŸ™‚

  13. i have yet to encounter a gender inclusive sign that spells it out so clearly! I applaud! I’ve seen some that are gender neutral, but I like prominently placing “inclusive.” I suppose I’m easily intimidated at times, and other times strong and not at all shaky! I just hope that I’m never intimidating. πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Ann,
    Check out UG Krishnamuti’s web site.
    His ‘Thoughts are your enemy” gives you pause for thought.


  15. That’s UG Krishnamurti.

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