Day 2230: What’s yours/What’s not yours

What’s your understanding of today’s post title: “What’s yours/What’s not yours”?

Yesterday, one of “my” therapy groups decided to focus on that topic after several of the participants had described challenges with other people in their lives.  The group members found it useful to make a list of what was theirs on one side of a paper and a list of what was NOT theirs on the other side.

Here are my lists:

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Because of confidentiality, I would never share a list that was not mine. However, I did “steal” some of the ideas from other people’s lists, because I found they also applied to my life.

The photos in this blog post are mine. However, they show some things that are not mine.   And once I share them, are they mine, yours, or ours?

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That microphone is not mine.  It belongs to my son’s friend, Leo, who has been staying with us.  Last night, Leo ,Aaron, and Leo’s microphone helped me record all my original songs, using Apple’s GarageBand.

It was my intention to share, here and now,  the recording of my latest song, “It’s Not Me.” However, it’s not mine to share, at this point.  Instead, it’s my prerogative to share “My Prerogative,” which is not mine and is Bobby Brown‘s.

Whose turn is it to express thoughts and feelings?  It’s yours.

It’s my choice to end each blog post with gratitude, including thanks to YOU.

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17 thoughts on “Day 2230: What’s yours/What’s not yours

  1. Whatever you share people will come. That’s a a paraphrase of my latest post but it’s very true. It’s a phrase that I want to belong to you too.

  2. I think a lot of things people put out in the world thusly become ours to appreciate and share, Ann. Thank you for doing that every dang day!

  3. i read this post of fellow blogger Penny Wilson and thought, I wonder if Ann reads or follows this blog. Thought it was good although not a direct respond to your post today. Seems everyone needs to be more aware of mental health issues and not be afraid to talk about them. https://pennywilsonwrites.com/2018/01/25/depression-a-killer/

  4. What’s yours? My beauty naps. (≚ᄌ≚)ƶƵ What’s not yours? Other people’s mess. ¯\_(⊙︿⊙)_/¯

  5. My blog posts were mine until published – now they are yours

  6. What a wonderful gift they are giving you — recording your songs!!!!

  7. Once for my mother’s birthday I bought her a card with a Far Side comic with the caption, “Now I want you to know this cat’s not from the market. Rusty caught it himself.” And I didn’t realize that instead of “Happy Birthday” or even being blank it said “Congratulations!” on the inside. So I covered that up with a piece of tape and wrote, “Mom, when I saw this card I thought of you/Because you always give credit where credit is due.” I hope my words made it better, although it reminds me of these lines from Alice In Wonderland which are Lewis Carroll’s:
    `Oh, don’t talk about trouble!’ said the Duchess. `I make you a present of everything I’ve said as yet.’
    `A cheap sort of present!’ thought Alice. `I’m glad they don’t give birthday presents like that!’ But she did not venture to say it out loud.

    • I love what’s yours, Chris, and when you read my blog post for today, you’ll see that you’re not the only one who rewrites greeting cards.

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