Day 3524: What we try to avoid

Last night, I asked a question on Twitter about what people try to avoid:

The many interesting answers include COVID, toxic people, bullets, crowds, drinking, certain types of food, conflict, drama, and (of course!) last questions of the day. There is no avoiding the cleverness and resourcefulness of the people on Twitter.

I notice we humans also try to avoid difficult feelings, like grief — which is a problem during these grief-inducing times. I believe we need to welcome all our feelings as a way to move through them. Even though I’ve shared it before, I will not avoid presenting this wonderful poem by Rumi:

I’ve also observed that people can avoid taking action — for fear of failure, mistakes, or a “wrong” decision. When I feel frozen by fear (a state I try to avoid), I move forward by reminding myself to avoid that very human tendency for all-or-nothing thinking. Most decisions are not 100% wrong or right, after all. I’m not going to avoid making mistakes and I can usually correct for a decision that isn’t great. I don’t avoid reminding myself, over and over again, that failure is a construct and that my missteps are not the end of the world.

At the same time, I avoid voting for the wrong people because these days that could definitely be the end of the world.

I’m not avoiding sharing my latest images with you.

Coincidentally, I try to avoid assholes, kale, and bacon.

Here’s what comes up on YouTube when I search for “what we try to avoid.”

I hope you don’t avoid the comments section, below, and I never avoid expressing gratitude for all those who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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11 thoughts on “Day 3524: What we try to avoid

  1. Debbie T

    Thanks for those lovely flower photos. We are having an unusually beautiful spring weatherwise, and I’m trying to appreciate that as one small piece of dealing with the otherwise difficult national and world events.

  2. We do avoid so much out of fear, or looking a fool. Interesting thoughts.

  3. Dreamer9177

    I avoid Twitter since Musk got involved. Never using Twitter again.

  4. I so out of my way to avoid mean people, raw onions, and boring paperwork.

  5. I think you know how to get to it, Ann.

  6. Such a wonderful Rumi poem, Ann. And I think top of my list for avoidance is confrontation. I don’t handle those situations well at all. 😦

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