Day 2389: Messes

Yesterday, somebody who was trying to make sense of life’s messes showed me this:


Because I’ve witnessed a lot of shame about messes in my life, I loved that mess by artist David Shrigley.

Later, in a therapy group, messes showed up again.




The group focused on “Self-Worth” and we worked on experiencing unconditional self-worth, despite inevitable messes.

Here are some quotes about messes:

Beginnings are always messy. — John Galsworthy

People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness. — Timothy Keller

Surely it’s better to love others, however messy and imperfect the involvement, than to allow one’s capacity for love to harden. –Karen Armstrong

A problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem. All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.  — Robin S. Sharma

Life itself is a haphazard, untidy, messy affair. — Dorothy Day

Messy is a word we use to explain a conflict with an expectation we had. Eliminate the expectation, and you eliminate the messy. — Steve Maraboli

It’s good to leave your room super-messy when you’re away. Whoever tries to break into your room will think it has already been ransacked. — Douglas Adams

The truth is messy. It’s raw and uncomfortable. You can’t blame people for preferring lies. — Holly Black

A messy kitchen is a sign of happiness. — Anonymous

Do you see any messes in my other photos from yesterday?









Here’s I Have Made a Mess by They Might Be Giants:

David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd have made a fine mess with Who Am I and What I Want.

Don’t worry about making a mess in the comments section, below.

Messy thanks from me to all who helped me create this post about messes and — of course! — to YOU.




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31 thoughts on “Day 2389: Messes

  1. It really upsets me when I see [people leaving garbage on the street, what a mess!! Your post however was not a mess.

  2. Life will always be messy
    You cannot live every day dressy

  3. I wonder why the services call the spot where they eat the Mess Hall,

  4. Douglas Adams’s advice reminds me of a high school friend who only cleaned his room once a year. The first time I saw his room after a cleaning I was surprised he had a hardwood floor. It quickly disappeared again. He’s now a member of a successful theater and improv troupe. Accepting the mess can lead to good things.

  5. You always post such great statues

  6. My feelings about this are pretty messy. That’s because there are different kinds of messes and I don’t feel the same way about all of them. Right now my kitchen is pretty messy and that’s okay by me.

  7. Driving in the forest yesterday, Jackie wouldn’t stop for me to photograph a heap of MacDonald’s food and drink containers on the grass verge. What a mess

  8. Debbie T

    Michael’s meals are the opposite of messes. So beautifully presented every time!

  9. Your post isn’t a mess Ann 🙂
    I usually make mess, when I’m in creating mood, then I only think in creating…

  10. I’ve made lots of messes. Some I’ve had to clean up. Some not. Life is messy, indeed.

  11. I am a mess, my house is messy, my life is not a mess

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  13. Sometimes messy is fun!

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