Day 2743: Good job!

In my good job as a psychotherapist, I sometimes ask new people how they feel about compliments (including encouraging words like “Good job!”).    They often do a good job honestly answering that they have trouble with compliments. I hope I do a good job explaining that

  • they are not alone in struggling to believe and accept compliments,
  • I like to give compliments, and
  • all my compliments are authentic.

When I was doing my good job in person at my office, I would point out the good clock there with the inscription “Show up.  Be Gentle.  Tell the Truth.”  I think that does a good job explaining the process of therapy for both the patient and the provider.

People are dong a good job accepting authentic compliments when they take them in without internal or external protest and simply say, “Thank you.”

I hope I did a good job yesterday capturing these images around me.

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Michael did an incredibly good job creating Shepherd’s Pie from on-hand good ingredients like potatoes, cheese, mushrooms, carrots, corn, and ground turkey.

I have a good many jobs to complete this weekend for my good professional group therapy organization, Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy.  I will try to follow my good advice to somebody else about doing a good job for the organization: “Have fun with it!”  I hope I did a good job conveying that a good job does not have to be a perfect job.

That reminds me of a good saying I heard on the job:  “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  Your Secret Mental Weapon  (found here) does a good job describing how that modern saying derives from these good quotes:

Voltaire: “The best is the enemy of the good.”
Confucius: “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
Shakespeare: “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.”

Striving to better this post, I hope I do a good job finding a good enough video.

Here‘s Alicia Keys with her great new song, “Good Job.”

I haven’t done a good job here if I don’t convince you to watch that video of many good workers doing a good job during the coronavirus pandemic.

Good job getting to the end of this post and thanks for reading!

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29 thoughts on “Day 2743: Good job!

  1. Luis Del Castillo

    You always do a good job with your blog!

  2. G♡♡d j♡b, my dear friend! (◦’ںˉ◦)♡

  3. Good job spreading hope and respect this morning, Ann. Much needed!

  4. Good Job, which is always more than enough!

  5. You done a good job with the camera.

  6. It’s difficult for some people to accept compliments, I think, because even when they’re sincere—especially when they’re sincere—it can feel like a challenge to try to repeat or even live up to them.
    I hope though that it’s okay that I sincerely say you always do a good job of blogging daily.

  7. puella33

    You do a good job take pictures, Ann. I feel like making a painting from them. Good job ! 😉 Have a nice day

  8. Your posts always make me think and typically put a smile on my face. I haven’t stopped by your blog in some time, but I’m glad I did today. Thank you!

  9. I wish someone would do a good job on my arm so I don’t have as much pain as at the moment I have a lot of muscle type of pain I cry out at times the pain is so sharp and painful

  10. you always do a good job with lifting our spirits and inviting us to see things in new ways. i do not always do a good job accepting compliments, and i am getting better about it, but i know it do a good job giving honest ones to others, and that is an important job.

  11. A flawless pebble is pretty special, though. And it doesn’t have to be mined.

    You always do a good job with your blog, and this post was especially great.

  12. Nebraska means “flat” or “broad water”, as in our prairie river, the Platte, which gives outsiders the notion that there is no part of the state higher than the other, i.e. terminal flatness. This assures that we never will become overrun with strangers skying our slopes or climbing our bluffs or… That’s off topic, I know, but it was prompted by your explanation of the origins of the name of Massachusetts.

    Here’s how our state tourism people makes sure you want to visit…

  13. I appreciated Alicia Keys’ song and the video depicting the various essential workers who are keepin’ on during this world crisis. God bless ’em. Good job, Ann, including your varied photos of other good jobs around you. The Shepherd’s Pie looked scrumptious! Good job, Michael! ❤

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