Day 3201: What can we achieve?

My late mother used to say to me, “Ann, if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.” I think she was exaggerating, as mothers do.

I’ve noticed, as I’ve aged, that there are certain things I can NOT achieve (e.g., liking calculus, reaching the highest shelves in the supermarket, diagnosing our cats’ ailments, athletic prowess, an understanding of how politics work, and perfection in anything). I’ve achieved acceptance about that.

I have achieved this: I’ve helped people disconnect their sense of self worth from achievements, so they can accept and love themselves without needing to constantly reestablish their worthiness based on their latest accomplishments. People can achieve more if they love themselves unconditionally.

Let’s see what The Daily Bitch has to say today about what we can achieve.

I’m not sure how we can achieve a world without assholes, so I guess we’ll have to do the best we can despite them.

At this point, we need to achieve a state of civilization where we are working together to save ourselves and the planet for the future, and I sometimes doubt whether that’s achievable any more. I expect I’ll achieve more hope about this, soon.

What can I achieve by sharing my other images with you today?

What can I achieve today? Well, I’ve got my eye on National Noodle Day.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what can we achieve?”

What can you achieve if you leave a comment below? Let’s find out.

What can we achieve if we express gratitude to all those we appreciate? A lot, I believe.

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15 thoughts on “Day 3201: What can we achieve?

  1. puella33

    So, I think the daily bitch is correct in a way, because we can’t create together a peaceful and healthy environment because of 2 assholes in the democratic senate.

  2. One thing I know I can always achieve is learning something new and today I learned that orange wine is part of a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Liking wine is something I doubt I’ll ever achieve but I’ve made peace with that.

  3. it looks like you’ve achieved in nurturing many, taking in those who need your help, in your home, your office, online, and out in the world. i think we achieve the goal of keeping connections by asking, listening and responding to others.

  4. Well said Ann. How is Joan doing?

  5. Did you know that time passes more slowly for our feet than for our heads? That it passes more slowly at sea level than on a mountaintop? The earth slows down time because it is a large mass, so things closer to its core slow down more.

    I am not able to sleep tonight and it would be an achievement if I could figure out a theory that would explain the effects of weighty experiences on our emotions, that could use Einstein’s physics as an analogy or metaphor.

  6. Since December 1968, Ann, I have considered the Jets’ victory over the Oakland Raiders I witnessed in Shea Stadium with my father a great sporting moment for both of us to see together, Ann. It got our team to the Super Bowl, where they went on to the historic upset of the Baltimore Colts. When certain sporting discussions come up, I still exclaim, I was at …

    • Thanks for sharing, Mark. Mine is being at Boston Garden and witnessing Larry Bird steal the ball in 1987 at the end of the do-or-die 5th game against the Detroit Pistons. I somehow found myself standing on the top of my chair with no memory of how I had gotten there.

  7. There’s nothing to achieve but to one’s own ego. Everything has a natural course, and will happen, achieved or not. However, I think the word is pleasant and can be motivating.

    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

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