Monthly Archives: February 2021

Day 2971: What groups do you belong to?

If you belong to the group of regular readers of this blog, you know I’m a therapist who specializes in groups.

Here’s a new group I belong to:

I’m very glad to belong to this group, as you can see by this recent tweet:

Like anyone else, I belong to many groups, like the groups of mothers, wives, and heart patients. Do you see evidence of more groups in my other images?

I belong to the group of people who believe that lowering expectations AND maintaining high hopes for progress can both help.

I also belong to the group that looks for meaningful and relevant music.

What groups do you belong to? Do you belong to the group that leaves comments on this blog?

I also belong to the group that expresses gratitude, every day.

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Day 2970: There’s no better time

There’s no better time than now to reveal the inspiration for today’s post title (with thanks to the New York Times):

There’s no better time for

There’s no better time to share this music I was listening to yesterday on my walk:

There’s no better time to share this live version of Take 6 performing “Don’t Give Up.”

There’s no better time for you to leave a comment, below.

There’s no better time for gratitude, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 2969: The answer

People are often looking for the answer. In order to know what the answer is, we probably need to know what the question is.

Is the answer in today’s Daily Bitch calendar?

Is the answer on Twitter?

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Is the answer in the photos I took yesterday?

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Is the answer in the video featured in this tweet?

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Is the answer in other videos posted by The Dodo, like this one

… or this one?

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Is the answer in the comments section, below?

Is the answer in expressing gratitude, here and now?

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Day 2968: Deprivation

In the training group I attended this weekend, we discussed, enacted, acknowledged, and healed people’s deprivation.

Lest there be a deprivation of definition here, here’s a definition of deprivation:

The deprivation we addressed in the training group “Developing Resilient Group Leadership” was not of the material kind. It was the deprivation of emotional validation, physical contact, and unconditional love. I got to address some personal early deprivation by expressing my feelings and needs safely, by telling people I loved them, and by receiving love back.

Do you see deprivation in my most recent images?

I don’t want this post to have a deprivation of music, so here’s “Deprivation” by the Thofte/Thorsen Quintet:

If you don’t want there to be a deprivation of comments about this “Deprivation” post, please leave one below.

There is no deprivation of gratitude here, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 2967: Anti-Stress Word Searches

Every morning, for me, includes searching for words for my daily blog post that are anti-stress. These searches help me face each new day, because it’s so difficult to find anti-stress words anywhere else.

Before I join my training group this morning on Developing Resilient Group Leadership (which will probably include some anti-stress word searches), let’s search for anti-stress words and images together.

Every day, I search for words, images, and also music that are anti-stress. If you search the words in this post, you’ll find this

…and this:

My word searches for gratitude are also anti-stress, so thanks to all who help me create these anti-stress posts, including YOU!

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Day 2966: Motivation

In therapy yesterday, several people discussed motivation as a problem, which did not surprise me.

Somehow, I have the motivation today to (1) find a definition of “motivation” online …

… (2) attend the first day of a two-day remote Zoom group on developing resilient group leadership, and (3) share my latest images with you.

That quote from Hillary McBride, sent to me by a patient, helps fuel my motivation to be a resilient group therapist.

Transformative music can also fuel motivation, so here is “Spain” by the late, great Chick Corea.

Here is a live, acoustic version of “Spain”:

If you have the motivation to leave a comment, please do so.

I always have the motivation to express gratitude, so thanks to all who help me find the motivation to create a blog post every day, including YOU.

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Day 2965: Not Freaking Out

In my Coping and Healing groups yesterday, we talked about not freaking out.

I wrote and shared a poem:

I am also not freaking out by capturing and sharing images.

As I asked on Twitter this morning, who’s freaking out? And if you’re not freaking out, how are you doing that?

I’m not freaking out by blogging and expressing gratitude here, every day.

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Day 2964: What you imagine and what you expect

What I imagine, here and now, is you thinking about the difference between what you imagine and what you expect. I don’t expect that you will do that, but I am still imagining it.

No matter what you imagine and what you expect, two images provided the inspiration for today’s title. Here’s the first image …

… and here’s the second image:

Here are six quotes about what you imagine:

Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

Thomas Sowell

Here are six quotes about what you expect:

To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect.

Jane Austen

Peace begins when expectations end.

Sri Chimnoy

If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.

Sylvia Plath

My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.

Stephen Hawking

A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That was the thing about the world: it wasn’t that things were harder than you thought they were going to be, it was that they were hard in ways you didn’t expect.

Lev Grossman

Do you imagine or expect more images from me today?

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What do you imagine and/or expect today’s song will be?

I am neither imagining nor expecting comments from you today. Imagine acceptance from me for anything you might express.

As you might imagine and expect, I’m ending with gratitude for all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 2963: What’s the meaning of this?

What’s the meaning of this Daily Bitch Calendar for today?

These days, it’s more difficult to figure out what the meaning is. As human beings, we need to make meaning, but we’re constantly bombarded by too much information that does not separate facts from opinions from lies from jokes. Perhaps that keeps us feeling stuck, wherever we are.

What’s the meaning of my latest images?

What’s the meaning of this TED talk by Sarah Knight“The Magic of Not Giving a F***” ? I think the meaning might be similar to the quote from Carmel McConnell, above.

What’s the meaning of this? “Please leave a comment, below.”

What’s the meaning of this?

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Day 2962: Life was a lot easier when …

Is it easy for you to finish the sentence is today’s title? When was life a lot easier for you?

Blogging is a lot easier for me when I have the Daily Bitch to quote.

Even though life was a lot easier when we weren’t dealing with a worldwide pandemic, yesterday my biggest decisions included:

  • which Godiva chocolate to eat,
  • which Tweet to respond to, and
  • what images to capture with my iPhone 8.

Life is a lot easier — for me, Amy Siskind, and many others — than it was a month ago.

Here is “Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?” — a Ted talk by Jon Jandai:

It’s always easy for me to express gratitude to those who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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