Monthly Archives: December 2019

Day 2566: What could happen

A few hours after I published Day 2565: What could possibly go wrong?  yesterday, I noticed that somebody had written “What could happen”  on the group room whiteboard:

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What could and did happen is that somebody could use a marker that is hard to erase:

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What could happen after that is that the group could talk about values (among other things).

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What could happen next (and a lot happened) is documented in the rest of my photos from yesterday.

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What could happen is that one of those photos could get many likes on Facebook and another one could get even more likes, even though neither of them have any caption.

What could happen is you could guess what those two photos are,  I could share some music ,

and I could give thanks for everything, including YOU!

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Day 2565: What could possibly go wrong?

These days, I don’t ask myself “What could possibly go wrong?”  because I know the answer might be:

  • every little (and big) thing one’s catastrophizing mind might think of and
  • other things, too.

Asking myself “What could possibly go wrong?”  is not my favorite waste of time, because expected and unexpected things go wrong every minute, every hour, every day.

However, there is a way of asking that question that assumes a positive outcome. For example, what could possibly go wrong if I share all my photos from yesterday?

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And what could possibly go wrong if I share another version of “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time”?

Finally, what could possibly go wrong if I ask for comments and express gratitude to all my readers, including YOU?

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Day 2564: I’m sick of _______

I’m sick of

  • politics,

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  • trying to figure out my ring size,

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  • misspellings on signs,

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I’m NOT sick of

  • people who are funny,

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  • cats,

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  • self-care,

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  •  Michael’s cooking,

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  • your comments, and
  • gratitude.
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Day 2563: Essentials

I think clear communication is essential, so I’m essentially starting today’s blog post with a definition of essentials.

es·sen·tial
/əˈsen(t)SHəl/
noun
plural noun: essentials

a thing that is absolutely necessary.
“we had only the bare essentials in the way of gear”

the fundamental elements or characteristics of something.
“he was quick to grasp the essentials of an opponent’s argument”

Are you quick to grasp the essentials of a blog post from me?

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What essentials do you see in my photographs?  I see the essentials of connection, loyalty, self-care, animals, and others.

It’s essential that I get to work on time, so I’m going to quickly finish this blog post with another essential for me — music. Last night, my essential fiancé and I danced to tunes that might become our essential song. It’s not essential that you listen to these (here and here on YouTube), but I hope you do.

 

What are your essentials?

Of course, gratitude is an essential here at The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, so thanks to all who are essential in helping me create these daily posts, including YOU!

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Day 2562: Motivation

I’m having trouble working up the motivation to do things these days, including

  • finishing my country song “What’s Keeping Me Up is What’s Going Down” and
  • applying to do another show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

I’m NOT having trouble working up the motivation to

  • blog and
  • spend time with people I love, including my ex-sister-in-law Deborah, who recently adopted a wonderful English Setter named Lake.

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I’m not sure why I feel like this …

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… when I think about finishing my latest original song or applying to do “Group Therapy with Ann” again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Maybe it’s the fear of failure?  Or maybe it’s the ENFP’s resistance to finishing things and filling out forms.

In any case, I do have the motivation to share my other photos from yesterday.

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I don’t have the motivation to put those last two photos right-side up, but I do have the motivation to look for quotes online about motivation.

Wow!  There are SO many motivational quotes on the internet that I don’t have the motivation to go through all of them. Here are four of them:

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”  —  Jordan Belfort

“The way to get started is to quit talking and to start doing.” — Walt Disney

“When someone tells me ‘no’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” — Karen E. Quinones Miller

I think that last quote, especially, is going to help me with my motivation today.

Here’s “That’s Motivation” from Julien Temple’s musical Absolute Beginners with David Bowie:

Absolute Beginners was one of the musicals I planned to include in my Masters thesis for Film Studies in the 1980’s, but I never got the motivation to finish it.

Do you have the motivation to comment about this post?

I always have the motivation to express my gratitude to YOU.

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