Day 2250: What we are trying to tell each other

What am I trying to tell you in today’s post?

I’m trying to tell you that I’m at the AGPA group therapy conference in Los Angeles, where I’m learning to tell myself and others more about the practice of group therapy.

I’m trying to tell you that I couldn’t sleep two nights ago, in anticipation of the second day of a two-day experience group, where therapists learn from each other by doing group work together.

I’m trying to tell you that the night my mother died, over ten years ago, she told a home health aide she wanted to call me on the phone to tell me something.

I’m trying to tell you that the home health aide told my mother she wouldn’t call me, because it was in the middle of the night and she shouldn’t disturb me. (I tried to tell that story in a blog post several years ago, here.)

I’m trying to tell you that event has disturbed and haunted me ever since —  my mother being told she couldn’t tell me what she was trying to tell me right before she died.

I’m trying to tell you that I have tried to put  to rest that mystery and my feelings about it in many different ways, including letting online tarot card readings tell me what my mother was trying to tell me.

I’m trying to tell you that during my recent sleepless night here in Los Angeles, I finally let the tarot cards tell me what I wanted to know, by asking a very specific Yes/No question for the first time.

I’m trying to tell you that this telling image is the only new photo I have to share with you today:


I’m trying to tell you that

  • it’s telling what questions we ask of the universe,
  • we need to tell our personal stories, and
  • closure helps us tell new stories, as we move on.

I’m trying to tell you that the video I told you about in this recent post  is finally available for sharing.

By writing new words to the song Feelings, I’m trying to tell people about the local affiliates of the national group therapy organization, AGPA.

Now it’s your turn to try to tell us something in the comments section, below.

I try to tell you how grateful I am at the end of each post, like now.


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27 thoughts on “Day 2250: What we are trying to tell each other

  1. You are always so honest with us 🙂

  2. The Tarot card answer is telling, Ann

  3. this yes is everything.

  4. I’m trying to tell you that I find you fascinating and am drawn to your energy.

    And I appreciate you searching for your mom’s message. I believe she is enjoying your search and want to know.

  5. I am happy for you, Ann.

  6. Such a powerful yes to a loving question.

  7. What we are trying to tell each other may require professional services, a license to attempt a close understanding.

  8. There’s so much I’d like to tell you, including how much I enjoyed your musical tribute to the affiliates. It, and this post, filled me with many wonderful and affiliated feelings.

  9. I loved the song! Especially the ending when you’re trying to get all the acronyms in. You amaze me at your comfort in front of a crowd. Clever! I’m touched by your quest to have your answer from your mother affirmed, Ann. What a sad thing that she was denied speaking with you. This must have been hard to bear, but I hope you’re feeling a sense of relief.

  10. I remember that post about your mother wanting to tell you something. A powerful one.
    I bet that among the things she wanted to say, were “I love you” and “I am proud of you.”
    Maybe, just in case, you can write down now the thoughts you would want to tell Aaron in similar circumstances.

    • I’m trying to tell you how much your comments mean to me, Maureen, but that appreciation is greater than I can even tell.

  11. I finally had the ability to listen to this video of you singing, Ann. You’re so beautiful in this video! Your song made me smile.

  12. I’m trying to tell you that your mother wanted to call you to tell you that she loves you.

  13. Pingback: Day 2588: We | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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