Day 2537: “I don’t know what to do.”

I just woke up from a nightmare where I was lost, wandering around an unfamiliar city with two cell phones that did not belong to me and somebody else’s water bottle which looked like mine, unable to remember anything I needed to get to some place safe, and I kept saying out loud, “I don’t know what to do.

I did know what to do.  I woke up from the nightmare.

I just now got a message on this laptop that says, “Your disk is almost full.”  I don’t know what to do.

I did know what to do. I deleted some stuff.

Sometimes I don’t know what to do when desperate people tell me that they don’t know what to do.

I do know what to do.  I listen and let them know they are not alone.

I don’t know what to do when I’m

  • angry,
  • disappointed,
  • lost,
  • frustrated,
  • hopeless,
  • confused,
  • desperate,
  • depleted,
  • alone,
  • purposeless,
  • mistaken, or
  • in pain.

I do know what to do. I write a blog post every morning.

I don’t know what to do if none of my photos from another ordinary/extraordinary yesterday relate to today’s topic.




















I don’t know what to do about finding the right video for this post.

I do know what to do.  I recorded this last night:

And I do know what to do about freeing up more disk space.  Now that I’ve shared that video of Oscar, Michael, me, and a musical snow globe here, I know I can delete it from my laptop.

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

I don’t know what to do to tell you all how much you have meant to me and how much you have helped me over my almost seven full years of daily blogging. Wait, I do know what to do.


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29 thoughts on “Day 2537: “I don’t know what to do.”

  1. Oh I do love your posts! I have two tricks for when I am telling myself that I don’t know what to do. The first one is to pause and to say to myself “Actually, I don’t know what to do YET.” The second trick this to pause and say “Well, then, I wonder what I WILL do?” Both seem to lead me to becoming curious and seeking out the answer.

  2. Think a moment and figure it out surely does work so many times, Ann. Cheers to knowing what to do!

  3. Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk, blog, write in my journal. Well, ideally I do one of these things, but usually I spin off and stew for a bit before I remember.

  4. Me too! I’ve been having weird dreams that I know I’ve been working frantically at in the night and then only have snippets to remember in the morning. My brain is clearing up disc space. When I don’t know what to do, I leave the problem for a minute, then come back and just start unravelling and sorting the issue. It all works out eventually. I like the picture of the sun reflecting on the water. Namaste to you and yours and the curious Oscar.

  5. I know exactly what to do. Take one small step forwards!

  6. About eighteen months ago the library where I work moved to a completely new system, and earlier this week after watching me do something my boss asked, “Did you ever think you’d ever have such a good grasp of what to do?”
    The funny thing is I always did. I’ve been through three system changes and after a period of adjustment things are just fine, although during that adjustment I’m a lot like Oscar reacting to a snow globe.

  7. I love how you share your wonderful life with us. I especially adore your cat. You’re making me wish it was snowing here. Thank you, Ann!

  8. puella33

    Are you starting something new and trying to find a way to associate yourself with it? Maybe that’s why you had that dream. I like how you modified the advice on the teabag-by humanising it with the word, Almost. Have a nice day, Ann 🙂

  9. I often have no idea what I am doing day in and day out

  10. I know what I have to do. And that’s to tell you that you know what to do. The most important part of you always knows. And I’m pretty sure Michael will verify 😎

  11. I certainly smiled with the edit to the tea bag! I don’t think right now I’m capable of loving everybody. But almost everybody works for me, too! And when you don’t know what to do, put on those gorgeous dresses and go out! You’ll look spectacular and have a good time at least. 🙂

  12. When anything goes awry with either cars or computers I don’t know what to do

  13. I love that video of Oscar and the snow globe, with it’s warm glow and Christmas music! I think that would be much more wonderful running on the television screen than the various iterations of the time log. I wonder if I can loop it?

  14. Just wanted to add that I did not put that apostrophe there. My phone did!!!

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