Monthly Archives: July 2018

Day 2028: Comparisons

Not to make comparisons, but I’ve written at least two previous posts about the cognitive distortion of comparisons (here and here).

Comparisons.
We compare ourselves to others, with ourselves coming out short. For example, “I’m not as smart (or good, competent, good-looking, lovable, etc.) as that other person.” Or, we compare ourselves to how we think we should be, or how we’ve been before. We might think that comparisons help motivate us, but they usually make us feel worse.

Yesterday, in a therapy group, we focused on comparisons.

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I believe the human mind is built to make comparisons, in order to make meaning of what’s around us.  However, when we compare ourselves to others, the resulting blows to our self-confidence and self-esteem can be beyond compare.

I’ve been making a different type of comparison lately.  I compare the blog posts I’ve written after and before the November 2016 USA presidential election and I see differences. Less joy.  Less hope.  Less confidence in the future.  Less faith in humans to be respectful and kind.

Some might compare me to a snowflake.  Personally, I don’t mind being compared to a snowflake — each one is beautiful, intricate, and unique.

Let’s see how the rest of my photos compare to the one I’ve included above.

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When I search YouTube for “comparisons,” most of the results have to do with money and wealth — not particularly useful comparisons.

If we don’t realize all animals are beyond compare, we will continue to lose more and more to extinction.  Here’s a video showing comparisons of animal size:

The most recent comment on that video includes this: “Fake news.” I now compare my life to how it was before I heard that phrase so frequently.

Here‘s one result for “comparisons music.”

I look forward to comparisons in comments, below.

Now it’s time to compare  two ways of my expressing gratitude to all who helped me create another “comparisons” post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2027: PTSD

In November 2016, I wrote another Post Titled Similarly, Definitely.  Something else happened that month which continues to give People Translating Signs Desperately another kind of PTSD.

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Do you have PTSD?  People Talking Stress Decidedly in my therapy groups have it.

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Prioritizing Therapeutic Stress Diversions can Perhaps Take Stress Down.

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An antidote for President Trump Stress Disorder might be meditating on “the opposite of Trump,” as a Person in Therapy Suggested Delicately, yesterday in group.

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Here’s a Published, Thorough, Single, Delineated list of other antidotes:

https://annkoplow.com/2013/03/06/antidotes-for-unhelpful-thoughts/

Previously, Time Showcased Despotism:

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I’m getting PTSD looking at the results on YouTube for “President Trump Stress Disorder,” so here’s one of my current Personal Therapeutic  Stress Dispellers:

Piano, Trumpets, and Singing De-stress.

Prioritizing Thanks Seems Deserved.

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Day 2026: Orange

About four years ago, I wrote a blog post titled “Orange.”  Orange you glad I’m writing another one today?

Many things have changed since I wrote that blog post, including this: The United States of America has a president who inspires a lot of jokes about orange. As a matter of fact, I wrote a joke about that two days ago:

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you mad he’s president?

Speaking of presidents, I conducted my first board meeting last night as president of an organization whose official color is orange.

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Orange I thrilled that meeting went well!

Orange you ready for my other photos from yesterday?

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Orange I happy I get to do therapy groups where we discuss new beginnings!

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Orange you relieved I’m typing  that hard-to-read handwriting in the above photo?

We don’t have to be in great shape to embark on a new beginning.

There is pain in new beginnings.

There are gifts and rewards in new beginnings.

You can keep doing things until you get things the way you want them.

Gardens keep having new beginnings.

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When I chose this home a year ago, I knew it would be a welcoming place for the wonderful and caring people on my board.

Here are some recent photos from this blog which have orange in them:

I’ll be traveling to Iceland next month.  The Orange County Register lists 5 reasons to visit Iceland, here:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/19/5-reasons-to-visit-iceland/

Here‘s an orange song, where you can sing along:

Orange you going to leave a comment?

Thanks to all who helped me create today’s orange post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2025: Backbone

The first photo I took yesterday showed some backbone.

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Here‘s a definition of “backbone”:

1 : spinal column, spine
2 : something that resembles a backbone: such as
a : a chief mountain ridge, range, or system
b : the foundation or most substantial or sturdiest part of something
c : the longest chain of atoms or groups of atoms in a usually long molecule (such as a polymer or protein)
d : the primary high-speed hardware and transmission lines of a telecommunications network (such as the Internet)
3 : firm and resolute character

I hope I’m exhibiting firm and resolute character as I send you this blog post over the primary high-speed hardware and transmission lines of the internet.

Do you see any backbone in my other photos today?

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There are several “Backbone” songs on YouTube, including this one:

Feel free to show some backbone in a comment, below.

Gratitude is a backbone of this daily blog, so thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2024: Read before you proceed

What do you read before you proceed?

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

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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:

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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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Day 2023: Great _____

Great Scott!  My first great question for my great readers on this great day is this: how would you fill in the great blank in today’s great title?

I love these great birds I keep seeing near our great home, which is not in Great Britain.

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In my great tags for yesterday’s post, I posed this great question about those great birds: “herons or cranes?” I did a little bit of great research and found these great facts:

  1. Herons and cranes are not related.
  2. Herons fly with their necks and heads tucked back and cranes fly with their necks and heads extended.

Even though I’ve been watching these great birds for a year, I wasn’t sure how they hold their great necks and heads when they fly. This great photo from yesterday didn’t supply any great information, either:

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So I went for a great walk last night, purely to observe those great birds in flight.   And those great birds tuck their great necks back.  A great friend of mine texted me photos of different types of birds and I can now say without any great fear of contradiction that those birds are …. (great drumroll) ….

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Great Egrets!

Although it’s possible that some of my great readers might know better. One thing I’ve learned in my great life: never be greatly sure about anything.

Anyway, I had a great day yesterday and I hope you enjoy these great new photos:

Some great questions about the above photos:

How many great egrets can you see here?

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What exactly is nature’s candy?

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Are these really Texas watermelons?

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Did you know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day?

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What in the great wide world is this?

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Here’s a great list of great songs with the word “Great” in the title:

https://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-songs-with-great-in-the-title/ranker-music

While there are many songs there which would be great for this post (including “Great Sandwich” and “Great Speckled Bird”), I choose this one, with great singing from a great chorale in Great Britain:

I greatly look forward to great comments, below.

Great thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and to all my great readers, including YOU!

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Day 2022: Raise the bar

Let’s raise the bar in this blog today and look at two definitions of “raise the bar.”

raise the bar
To raise the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. “Since higher education became available to a greater number of people, businesses have increasingly been raising the bar for entry-level employees.”
See also: bar, raise
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
raise the bar
Fig. to make a task a little more difficult. (As with raising the bar in high jumping or pole vaulting.) “Just as I was getting accustomed to my job, the manager raised the bar and I had to perform even better.”
See also: bar, raise
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Somebody raised the bar in my neighborhood with this:

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I agree that our nation could use some bar raising these days.

I shall now attempt to raise the blogging bar by sharing all my other photos from yesterday.

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I think that church sign raises the bar, don’t you?

Here‘s “Raise the Bar” by The High Strung:

 

I’m sure you’ll raise the bar in the comment section, below.

Thanks to all who raise the bar as best they can, including YOU.

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Day 2021: Weird behaviors explained

What weird behaviors would you like explained today, dear readers?

Weird behaviors in my blog include posting photos, unexplained.

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Yesterday, Michael was trying to explain the weird behaviors of three hawks who were hanging around outside our home.

I can’t explain the weird behaviors of my new laptop, which automatically loads some photos from my iPhone but not others, like this one:

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Shall we try to explain weird behaviors like throwing away things that say “Do Not Throw Away”?

Here are 10 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained:

My cat’s weird behavior of biting me in the morning remains unexplained.

More weird behaviors explained:

Do I need to explain my weird behaviors of thanking all — including YOU — at the end of my posts?

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Day 2020: Vision

This is the second time in 2020 daily blogs that I’ve written a post titled “Vision.”

I didn’t envision titling my post “Vision” today; however, the number 2020 inspired me, since

“Normal” vision is 20/20. This means that the test subject sees the same line of letters at 20 feet that person with normal vision sees at 20 feet. 20/40 vision means that the test subject sees at 20 feet what a person with normal vision sees at 40 feet.

I do not have 20/20 vision — another way that I’m not “normal.”   I do have the vision, apparently, to lead a group therapy professional organization.  I also have the vision to notice what’s around me, including …

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I wish I had the vision to see a positive future for the world. No matter what my vision,  though, there’s still hope.

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What’s your vision of hope?

Here’s what YouTube gives me when I ask for “Vision”.

I don’t have the vision to explain why “Blue (Da Be Dee)” started playing on YouTube after “Vision,” but here it is:

 

Do you have the vision to see that I’m blue this morning?

I’m glad I have good enough vision to read your comments on my posts.

I hope you have the vision to see how grateful I am for those who help me create all these posts and — of course! — for YOU.

 

 

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Day 2019: Hey!

Hey!  Do you know the meaning of “hey”?

hey

exclamation
used to attract attention, to express surprise, interest, or annoyance, or to elicit agreement.
“hey, what’s going on here?”
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used as a friendly greeting.
“I just called to say hey”

Hey!  One syllable can express surprise, interest, annoyance, elicit agreement, or be a friendly greeting. Hey!  How can we know what people really mean when they say “Hey!”?

Hey!  Look at all the photos I took yesterday!

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Hey!  Those are three people I love.   Hey!  Did you notice that my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Laura Snydman, was running late yesterday?  Hey!  What else did you notice?

Hey! I forgot to include the photo I took after yesterday’s Coping and Healing group, where we focused on feelings.

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Hey!  I hope you know that all feelings are accepted here.

Hey!  Here’s “Hey Ya!” by Outkast:

 

Hey!  If you can’t see that VEVO video, maybe you can see this one:

Hey!  Here‘s another live performance of “Hey Ya!”

 

Hey!  I’m grateful to all who help me create these posts and — of course! — to YOU.

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