Day 2776: Silently Correcting

I am not going to be silent about the correct inspiration behind today’s blog post title.


I have to admit that I have been like that Daily Bitch, silently correcting some people’s

However, as I discussed in a recent post — Day 2791: Reasons you should speak up  — the time for silence is past!  Therefore, this morning, I got up the courage to stop silently correcting certain procedures at work, and I sent an email naming the problem and suggesting ways to move forward.  People may silently or not-so-silently correct my email, but why should I care about that?

Do you see any silent correcting in today’s other photos?





That last photo reminds me of Harley not-so-silently correcting me when I made this video in March about social distancing, starring Harley and our late kitty Oscar:

I’m wondering now if anybody is silently correcting my camera angles for that video.

In my Coping and Healing groups, we talk about the toll it takes when we excessively silently correct ourselves for our thoughts and feelings.  Yesterday, several of us resolved to silent our harsh internal critics, as best we can.  When you are silently and painfully correcting yourself, try this  positive self-talk, as suggested by Alyssa Mairanz, LMHC:

  • turn “I am such a screw-up” into “I am doing my best, and that is enough.”
  • turn “I am so messed up. What’s wrong with me?” into “I am human and no one is perfect.”
  • turn “I don’t deserve happiness” into “I deserve to be treated with respect.”
  • turn “I can never get anything right” into “I am not defined by my mistakes.”

Please don’t worry about anybody silently correcting your grammar (or anything else) when you leave a comment, below.

I am correctly non-silent about my gratitude to all, including YOU.


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21 thoughts on “Day 2776: Silently Correcting

  1. Thank you for speaking up, Ann, for what’s important to our world.

  2. I trust your e-mail obtained the correct result

  3. Fine advice. As an English teacher, I silently correct any grammatical mistakes I see or hear every day, but only in the classroom or tutoring do I give voice to a correction. It’s my job.

  4. Life is too short to worry about anybody silently correcting my grammar. (◞ꈍ∇ꈍ)◞⋆**✚⃞

  5. (((((Harley)))))

    I love your camera angles.

  6. Hopefully you know this but I just want to mention that whenever I write an opinion in the response here, it’s not to correct you, it’s only because you’ve inspired me to think about something. Then I asked myself what I think. Then I write that down.

    Your blog is a good place for thinking.

  7. we are often our own worst critics and it’s important to remember to just switch to music and turn off the tapes playing in our heads when that happens. in this post I see lots of things that help to correct us and our moods if we were feeling negative or bad – good food, good pets, good places, good natural beauty, all wonderful corrections.

  8. I’m too often silently correcting myself to correct others. However there’s also value in mistakes which, like unusual camera angles, can provide an interesting perspective.

  9. I often edit in my head as someone talks on the radio, or wonder how so many of us failed to learn how to use certain words, or forgot them and now use something similar that doesn’t mean the same thing. It’s endlessly fascinating, so I forgive myself for the editing in lieu of the general wonder of it all.

  10. Speaking up and offering how to move forward is definitely the correct way. Well done Ann 💕

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