In the entire history of this blog, I’ve never used the word “historic” in a title. Does that automatically make this post historic?
Let’s check the definition:
famous or important in history, or potentially so.
“we are standing on a historic site”
synonyms: significant, notable, important, momentous, consequential, memorable, newsworthy, unforgettable, remarkable
Here’s the historic inspiration for today’s post:
When you use the word “historic,” what do you mean?
Do you see anything historic in my other photos from yesterday?
Patriotism is when love for your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. — Charles de Gaulle
This world of ours … must avoid being a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get. — Confucius
If you hate someone, it’s like a boomerang that misses its target and comes back and hits you in the head. The one who hates is the one who hurts. — Louis Zamperini
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference — Elie Wiesel
You reclaim your power by loving what you were once taught to hate. — Bryant H. McGill
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. — George Washington Carver
I was taught that segregation was the will of God, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that women were inferior to men, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. I was taught that it was okay to hate other religions, and especially the Jews, and the Bible was quoted to prove it. — John Shelby Spong
The truth is that I knew the title of today’s post even before I reviewed my photos from yesterday.
The truth is that when I think of the truth these days, I’m on the verge of tears. The truth is that the truth seems to depend what side you’re on. The truth is that I can never remember people being so divided about what the truth is.
The truth is that I keep inviting people in my therapy groups to write helpful truths on post-it notes (which, in truth, I call “stickies”).
The truth is that the post-it note above describes the Four Agreements and the truth is that you can read more about those here.
The truth is that I took more photos yesterday.
The truth is that I didn’t mean to take the last four.
The truth is that this sign …
… includes the word “true” in it, which I just noticed.
I do have the space to explain what inspired today’s title.
My phone has space for that ukulele app and I have space to tell you that, six months ago, I never thought I would need or have a ukulele space. There was space in my life for a ukulele, even though I never imagined a ukulele in my space.
What am I trying to say in this space? Something that somebody had the space to say in a therapy group yesterday: “You never know.” I have the space to say that a different way: “Expect the unexpected.”
There’s space for my other photos from yesterday.
Forget trying to find a parking space near Fenway Park yesterday.
Is making noise making things better or worse? Today, I’m making noise about the fact that some news columnists are speculating that how the USA opposition party is making noise might be hurting their chances in the upcoming midterm election.
Lately, I’ve been making noise in my therapy groups, inviting people to be making noise when we do a mindfulness exercise that focuses on listening. This is the noise I’m making when I introduce that exercise:
In this mindfulness exercise, we’re going to focus on the sense of hearing. After you hear the sound of the chime, do your best to listen to all the noises in the room. Feel free to make noise to make the exercise more interesting for other people.
That’s my attempt at making it safer for people to be making noise, since many of us can be self-conscious about the noises we’re making, especially when other people are listening.
I’ll be making noise soon with these Right & Wrong Buzzers:
Even though I’m often making noise about letting go of unhelpful concepts of wrong and right, I’ll be making noise to encourage people to change old habits of thinking (including the cognitive distortions described here).
It’s okay to be making noise or to be silent about the other images I captured yesterday.
Because the wind was making so much noise yesterday, I didn’t go for my usual walk. Instead, I was making noise by making ukulele chords for my latest original song “I’m Mad About You.”
With that song, I’m making noise about anger (especially towards politicians).
It’s time for me to be making noise about gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create this “Making noise” post and — of course! — to YOU, for all the noises you’re making.