Day 2024: Read before you proceed

What do you read before you proceed?

Yesterday, I read this before I proceeded to my office:


Before I proceed tomorrow with my first board meeting as president of a group psychotherapy organization, I will read my notes to prepare.

I read, before I proceed, the latest world news, which indicates that the American president did not read messages from many advisors before proceeding to meet Putin in Helsinki.

Read before you proceed this line I just made up about that:

What works in Biloxi might not work in Helsinki.

Read before you proceed another line from me:

When Trump stopped in Helsinki  the results seemed rather stinky.

Read before you proceed the lines in my other photos from yesterday:




















Those geese appeared to read the walk sign before they proceeded across the street.

Read before you proceed these lyrics to Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”:

You could say I’d lost my belief in our politicians
They all seem like game show hosts to me.

Read before you proceed all the lyrics for that song:

Read before you proceed my thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — you, for reading this before proceeding.


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29 thoughts on “Day 2024: Read before you proceed

  1. Without “words” you’ve led the way. Well done!

  2. Please read my appreciation for you before you leave for your meeting!

  3. Some wonderful words of wisdom Ann. I’m glad I read them before proceeding with my day today 💛

  4. I’m glad I’ve read your thoughts and thought about your photos before proceeding to work today, Ann.

  5. For me the geese are the smartest before they proceed!

  6. Sometimes the electorate, like lovers who carry on regardless, doesn’t read the warning signs.

  7. We’re in an era of proceed first, read later – if ever. But now that I’ve read your post, I can proceed with my day.

  8. I read. But I’m selectively holding on to: Let things come to you. You were speaking directly to me with that one, today. Thanks for a great post.

  9. I have fond memories of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone, but I never wanted to experience any of those things in real life!

  10. Often what is not initially appealing to the throngs, in the longer run, bears unexpected fruit.

  11. It was an episode of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery titled “Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture” that taught me the value not only of reading before proceeding but reading carefully. Carl Reiner, I’m sorry to say, failed to learn that lesson from his students Derleth, Bloch, and Lovecraft, and met a rather unfortunate end.

    • I read your comment, Chris, and proceed to watch that episode of Night Gallery. I hope that others can proceed to this, too.

  12. Just what I needed tonight, Ann. Reading and hearing and watching (what I could) from Helsinki has such troubling implications and there’s a certain helplessness. I LOVE the Rod Serling/Twilight Zone photo! That certainly put a smile of recognition on my face, and “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” is a favorite song, as well. I know my faith in anything or anyone doesn’t even come close to resting on political structures. So for today, I suppose I can proceed with caution, and let it be!

  13. Read before proceeding, damn didn’t do that, my bad

  14. My dad used to say, “I think Ivor, before you proceed, you should read the instructions”

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