Day 1741: I have the right to ________

How would you complete the sentence in today’s title?

I have the right to tell you about The Personal Bill of Rights, from The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne.


I have the right to encourage people to use their personal rights  in my therapy groups.

I have the right to take photos and to share them here.






I have the right to get out and go to musicals (like Evita at the North Shore Music Theater,  where I’ve seen dozens of musicals since I was a little kid).

I have the right to share YouTube videos of different productions of Evita (here,  here, and here).

I have the right to request comments for my blog.

You have the right to remain silent or to comment, below.

I have the right to express my gratitude for all who help me create these posts and — of course! — for you.




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32 thoughts on “Day 1741: I have the right to ________

  1. After your rights, there isn’t much left for me to add, Ann. Good job.

  2. I have the right to read your blog whenever I find the link in my email, which has been every day for a very long time!

  3. Luis Del Castillo

    I have the right to enjoy your wonderful blog!

  4. Always surprising to see how pop singers step up, when given the chance to reboot a classic !

  5. While applauding your positivity, I’m afraid you are confusing rights with opportunities. In reality, even consensual reality, the ONLY right we have, as living creatures, is the right to die. Any other ‘right’ is actually merely an opportunity to make a choice, about how to respond to the current moment’s experience. In the real world, you only have those rights you can defend; if it can be taken from you, it is not a right.

    This single right we possess as living beings, the right to die when the time comes, comes with one opportunity, also a privilege, & that is, we have the opportunity to choose how we live…. Every ‘right’ you list above is simply what we would LIKE to have as our opportunity to choose; even then, we make a choice, even if we choose to do nothing…

    Men are NOT created equal, other than as an equal part of the natural order; our capabilities & ability to deal with life are never the same from one person to the next. Nature has no hierarchies; nothing is more, or less, important than any other. All those hierarchal lists we often choose to believe come only from our imagination, which is both our advantage, and our most compelling flaw, for all too many people believe their imagination can make changes in reality; we think we can impose our hierarchy on the real world, which laughs at such silliness….

    I don’t mean to rain on this parade, but, such thinking can lead to false beliefs; people are better off, in the long run, to face life the way it is, & not make silly assumptions about what the universe, and reality, will allow us to do. This sort of belief, in our imaginary powers to change reality, is, in many ways, the most critical flaw in human society, for these hierarchies, which make one thing, or person, or idea, more important than another, opens the way to conflict, for no two people will ever agree as to what is, or is not, important….

    But, it’s all okay, because, that’s how the universe works, and life is beautiful once we can accept it the way it is….


    gigoid, the dubilous

  6. yeoldefoole

    I just wanna go to ground – and hide there…

  7. I’d like to think I have the right to be me ….. as long as I am in my own right mind, and my actions don’t impede on the rights of others…. and can visit your blog whenever I like. Thank you Ann for sharing Evita over the years❣️

  8. My rights end where other peoples’ begin. I always keep in mind that exercising my rights shouldn’t infringe on someone else’s rights. And when others aren’t as considerate of me I have a right to be disappointed, right?

  9. Hi Ann, I have a right to remain silent, and rest today !!

  10. I have the right to tell you that you have the right to remain awesome. (♡ ὅ ◡ ὅ )ʃ♡

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  12. There’s so much that’s right about your rights 🙂

  13. …….enjoy what I am given

  14. I like your list of rights Ann.

  15. Pingback: Day 2434: I have the right | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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