Day 2123: All your feelings are okay

Yesterday, in a therapy group, people talked about uncomfortable feelings, including anger, fear, and sadness. Some had  “secondary” feelings about their feelings, including guilt and shame.

Because negative thoughts and feelings can stick,  I felt it was okay to ask people to write helpful phrases on yellow stickies. I feel that it’s okay to share some of those yellow stickies here:

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It’s okay that I was feeling rushed when I took that photo of “This too shall pass.”

All your feelings are okay about my photos in this post.

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All my feelings are okay, including anger — which I’m expressing in my new song, “I’m Mad About You” — and confidence about performing that song a week from Friday.

“This Feeling” by The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini comes up when I search YouTube for “all your feelings are okay.”

All my feelings are okay about this comment after that YouTube video:

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All your feelings are okay, and I hope you express them in a comment, below.

All my okay feelings, here and now, include gratitude towards all those who helped me create today’s all-your-feelings-are-okay post and — of course! — YOU.

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19 thoughts on “Day 2123: All your feelings are okay

  1. Hi Ann, I’m back,
    With my China backpack
    I could be feeling better
    Too tired to write you a letter
    I’ll try to do my best
    my old bones need a rest

  2. What great post it notes. So true, inspirational and memorable. My favourite is probably You are not Alone but that’s because of my latest post, and it being one of my favourite songs.

  3. I think you’re right, sometimes we have feelings about feeling our feelings. But it’s OK to feel like that.

  4. Fireworks at Fenway! What a night ❣️⚾️❣️

  5. ♪♪♪ Felines…. nothing more than felines….. trying to forget my felines of love….ヽ(・ˇ∀ˇ・ゞ) ♬♩♫♪

  6. Once again I’m reminded of Richard Sher, host of “Says You!”, which started in Boston. He’d often say that the show was best “when we get your comments, when we get your questions, but most of all when you show up.”
    And there’s nothing better than showing up somewhere that makes me feel happy, as this blog always does.

  7. Feelings are feelings being told our feelings are wrong is wrong sometimes we can’t help how we feel about different things.

  8. “Show up, Be Gentle, and Tell the Truth.” If that were the norm, just think of how much stress would fall away! I love that! I love the sunset over the ocean, as well. The feeling I want to pursue is quiet/calm…so the ocean is often the fastest way for me to let go of anything that’s not particularly serving me well! Lovely post, Ann. 🙂

  9. Pingback: Day 2124: Space | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  10. I’m feeling OK and calm about getting to read you one day late, Ann.

    • It is rare for you to be a day late, Mark. Glad you made it! I am a day late in commenting, too, although I read this post yesterday morning. It was still so early here on the west coast that I couldn’t get my brain to think of anything to say. I feel okay about that, though.

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