When you’ve been blogging as long as I have, there’s always a danger you might repeat yourself. And on May 12, 2016, I published a post also titled “Danger” (which is allowed here in The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally).
In that post, there was a drawing of a fish committing suicide. However, nature seems to be in much more danger now than it was in May, 2016.
Because I’m in danger of being late for work, I’ll quickly share yesterday’s photos, which include danger and also some ways to deal with danger.
Because I often think about what’s allowed in this world, I just searched WordPress for any previous posts I might have written on this subject, because that’s allowed.
I can now allow, aloud, that I was surprised that the only post WordPress allowed in that “What’s allowed” search wasDay 717: Interrupting. Four years ago, I allowed myself to write that looooong post (which features, doctors, cows, and lots of interrupting) when I was dealing with some very confusing medical issues. Writing about those medical issues daily and receiving helpful and supportive feedback from my readers allowed me to navigate through them. Thank goodness all that was allowed.
So, what allowed WordPress to find a connection between “What’s Allowed” and “Interrupting” today? I am allowing myself to speculate that interrupting, according to WordPress, is something that’s allowed. Therefore, I’m allowing myself to interrupt this post to share my photos from yesterday.
If my post title today irritates you or leads you to an understanding of yourself or others, let’s give the credit to Carl Jung.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
… is displayed on the front of the packaging for the Carl Jung action figure in my office.
Whenever I share that quote with others, they seem to understand.
How do you understand that quote from Carl Jung, my understanding readers?
These days, several things are irritating me about others, which means I have an unprecedented opportunity to understand myself! I’m going to celebrate that by sharing some other recent photos (which may be an irritating habit of mine, which I hope you understand).
It’s not how old you are, it’s how you keep learning to understand yourself and others.
Here are 10 additional quotes from Carl Jung, which can lead to more understanding.
I hope you understand my gratitude for all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — for YOU.
P.S. After I published this post, I realized it was irritatingly similar to this one, from August 2017. I hope you understand!
A: I don’t suppose you know what the Achaean League is. B: Try me.
I don’t suppose you know what the Achaean League is, because I don’t either. However, ask me and give me a chance to show you why I’ve chosen “Try me” for today’s post title.
I didn’t try that moisturizer at MiAlisa Salon yesterday, but I did try to take other photos, which involved trying things.
I tried on some new socks and leggings yesterday morning, despite reading an online article, “What Middle Aged Women Should Not Wear” which included patterned socks and leggings. Try as I might, I can’t find that article today. Also, I’m past middle age, so maybe it’s not so bad if I keep trying those things. However, that combination might be particularly trying.
There’s my friend Deb, trying to pick up leaves in her back yard. Do you want more information about those yellow leaf-picker-uppers? Try me. If I don’t know, I can always try to ask Deb.
Here are other images I tried to capture yesterday:
I enjoy images that show people trying new things, including crafts like mosaic quilting and flameworking. If you’re trying too hard to read some of those pictures, try clicking on them to make them larger.
Do you know what season it is around here? Try me.
As I try to finish up today’s blog post, I’m going to try to share what else is on my mind. I do want people to try me — to ask me and give me a chance. I try to convey that as best as I can. Sometimes I might try too hard and perhaps people find that trying. Also, I can find it trying, sometimes, to try to ask others for what I need.
I’m a Star Trek fan, not a collector, and I recognized Dr. Leonard McCoy’s trademark phrase on a glass at a Thanksgiving celebration yesterday.
I’m a psychotherapist, not a doctor, and I recognize that it’s important how we define ourselves by what we are and what we are not.
I’m a blogger, not a bricklayer, and here are the other photos I took yesterday:
I’m an amateur photographer, not a graphic designer, so click on any of the above photos if you want to see them better.
I’m a questioner, not an answerer (for now), so can you identify what people were and weren’t at that Thanksgiving celebration yesterday, just by looking at those pictures?
I’m a music fan, not a professional musician and I’m sharing Elvis Presley singing two things he is (here and here) and one thing he is not (here).
I’m a curious person, not a pushy one, so might you please share something you are and something you are not in a comment, below?
I’m a grateful human being, not an ungrateful one, so thanks to Michael’s siblings who hosted Thanksgiving celebrations, Elvis Presley, Star Trek, everyone else who helped me create today’s blog post and — of course! — YOU.
One thousand, nine hundred, and seven days ago (but who has the energy to count?), I wrote a post titled Day 244: Positive Energy. The post was about my dear relative, Diane, who exudes and sends positive energy.
I have the energy to notice that, back then (five years ago!), I didn’t have the energy or the wherewithal to share my own photos in this blog. Now that I’ve practiced taking photos and sharing their energy through years of blogging, it takes little or no energy to share these three photos from yesterday:
Yesterday, in a therapy group, we had the energy to explore our personal experience of energy, what gets in the way of having more energy, and what helps energize us.
I had the energy to take a photo of the first part of my answer to the question of “What is your personal experience of energy?” Do you have the energy to read that answer, above?
Today I have the energy to answer this question: “What gets in the way of you having more energy?”
Lack of self-care.
Cognitive distortions like comparisons, blaming, shoulds, negative filter, black and white thinking, fortune-telling, catastrophizing, and mind-reading. (If you have the energy to go there, a full list of cognitive distortions is here.)
Procrastination (mine and other people’s).
However, I don’t have the energy to remember all the other things I listed yesterday.
What helps energize me?
Reframing cognitive distortions (for a list of energizing “antidotes” for unhelpful thoughts, go here.)