Day 1824: Why am I feeling this way?

Why am I feeling this way?

Yesterday, somebody in therapy asked that question and then another question about feelings. Because of the way I was feeling, I wrote both questions up on the board.


Now, I’m going to ask myself those two questions.

Why am I feeling this way?

I’m not sure.  It could be the extreme cold, the lack of light, this time of  year, the news, politics, pain I feel when I use my dominant arm, and awareness of other people’s suffering.

What is this feeling?

I’m not sure. It’s probably a mixture of fear, sadness, anger, and empathy.

Now I’m going to ask myself those two important questions, again.

Why am I feeling this way?

I’m not sure. It could be my son, my partner, my family and friends, my work, my blogging community, my home, our cats, and awareness of my other blessings.

What is this feeling?

I’m not sure. It’s probably a mixture of gratitude, happiness, and hope.

Why am I feeling that it helps to ask those questions? Because of my experience.

Why am I feeling this way about these photos?










What is this feeling? I’m not sure.  Is “Stop and Smell the Roses” a feeling?

Why am I feeling this way about this video?

What is this feeling?  It’s gratitude for all who helped me create this post and — of course! — for YOU.



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29 thoughts on “Day 1824: Why am I feeling this way?

  1. I hope the ups outweigh the not-so, Ann, as we head toward a new year.

  2. The face on kitty looking up at you is heart melting.

  3. Whatever you are feeling Ann, wishing you all the best for a Happy New Year…onward !!!

  4. Leonard Nimoy said watching early episodes of Star Trek embarrassed him because he was “emoting all over the place”. It wasn’t until a director suggested he say the word “Fascinating” without any feeling that he understood how to be Spock. A funny thing about feelings is sometimes we need an objective perspective to help us understand what we’re feeling.

  5. I’m sitting in my friend’s house on the shore of Lake Michigan, sitting on the sofa, watching the lake change colors and the snow fly. I’m here for a week, and I love it here, house sitting for her and her cat. But for some reason this trip I’m bored and antsy and feeling house bound and I don’t understand why I feel like that. This is a wonderful opportunity, I’ve stayed here to take care of her cat other times and never wanted to leave, but this time I seem to be counting the hours to go home. I don’t understand.

  6. I know why I’m feeling this way… Harley, look up!

    Stop and smell the roses…

  7. Feeling the shift to love. Thank you Ann 💕

  8. Being asked why one feels such a way and being expected to answer the question can be so frustrating well for me it is as often I don’t know what the answer is.

    I can tell you I have often told Tim that the way he is feeling isn’t wrong, I say this because he will get upset throw his hands in the air and say I’m wrong, my feelings are wrong.

    Feelings are not wrong they are feelings how can they be wrong, what we feel is what we feel, learning to recognise and understand our feelings can be difficult.

  9. Feeling this way can be right or wrong, questions with no answers, past and future, let the new year bring it on.

  10. This was not one of my better-feeling days.

  11. 2nd and 5th photos intriguingly composed

  12. Pingback: Day 1825: Be visible | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  13. Hi Ann, I’m a bit late to the party here, but I have just come across this today, and I’m quite flattered that you used one of my songs at the end of this post! I wrote this song a number of years ago, when I was just starting high school and dealing with a new environment and new feelings. I am now in university studying music & education, and I’m quite happy with it. I hope you’re happy too! I wish you the best!

    • I’m so happy you joined the party! I loved this song, Allesandro. Amazingly, I just started writing songs a few months ago. All the best to you.

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