Day 1709: Coping

I’m now coping with the realization that I’ve never used the word “Coping” in a blog title before, even though

  • I facilitate therapy groups called “Coping and Healing” and
  •  writing this blog is a daily coping mechanism for me.

Does everybody know the definition of coping?

Here’s how the Internet defines “Coping”:

the top, typically sloping, course of a brick or stone wall.

Coping may  mean sloping, but that’s not what I was hoping. I’m hoping for the “coping” that’s a help with things dystopian.

I shall cope by searching again.

verb (used without object), coped, coping.
1. to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually followed by with):
“I will try to cope with his rudeness.”
2. to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner:
“After his breakdown he couldn’t cope any longer.”

Now that we know the definition of coping, how are we all coping today?

I’m not sure how I’m coping, because today’s news is filled with others not coping  very well.  When those in control are not coping, I have trouble coping too.

Let’s see if my photos from yesterday offer any coping (or maybe sloping):








As you can see,  Michael and I did some coping with walking, mowing, and respecting boundaries.

Good luck coping with this video I made yesterday about our new kitchen faucet, where I attempt to evoke Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

I’m coping with my lame line reading at the end and the fact that this video has gotten no likes on Facebook.

I’m hoping for some comments about coping, below.

Thanks to all whose coping helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — for coping with all this, here and now.



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24 thoughts on “Day 1709: Coping

  1. You seem to be coping well with your camera

  2. I know about the coping on brick walls, and I’ve also learnt to cope over the years. but just sometimes, all the coping tends feel like a stone wall, sloping against me…….

  3. Beautiful photos Ann and as you might have guessed, I just love the first one 🙂
    I do my best to cope with my health situation and I would like to be coping with my jewelry again in near future.

  4. A cat and a view of the water are great for helping one cope I believe Ann. I’m coping with starting in a new grade with a new teacher today and using breathing as my coping mechanism. In and out!!

  5. You coped with the holiday very well, Ann. Back to the slope of life today, my friend. Don’t let it sink your spirits.

  6. I love reading your blog but I am coping with my lack of wifi while traveling by not opening video links. Hope you are all right with that!

  7. Your video made me smile Ann! I’m coping pretty well as I tie up loose eneds and prepare for our vacation to Italy tomorrow. 😎

  8. “Coping” seems to have gotten a bad connotation in some circles where it’s taken to mean “just getting by”. Getting by, though, is where it all begins.
    Or, as Sondheim said, “If I cannot fly let me sing.”

  9. Sometimes coping is harder then it should be

  10. I thought you coped really well with the leaky microphone. I feel you are coping well with adjusting to post vacation stress and unfriendly boundary signs. Beautiful water and shore pictures help me cope with my current state of wakefulness, when I should be sleeping. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day to cope with, thanks for coping with your blog, every day.

  11. Just trying to cope with getting behind in reading your blog, Ann.,

  12. Pingback: Day 2538: Coping and Healing | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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