Day 3484: What Helps

In my office at the hospital, I have two giant lists of What Helps.

What helps me is remembering facilitating therapy groups in that room years ago and continually adding to that list of “What Helps.”

What helps is to know that people in groups can be creative, supportive, and resilient despite trauma, losses, and diagnoses like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other “disorders.”

What helps in my other images for today?

What helps is knowing that I don’t have to pretend to give a shit (because I love my work so much).

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what helps.”


Pema Chödrön definitely helps me. What helps you?

What also helps is expressing gratitude and appreciation, so thanks to all who help, including YOU.

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11 thoughts on “Day 3484: What Helps

  1. Thank you for always being ready to help, Ann.

  2. I re-read ‘the topsy-turvies’ to my class over and over. it’s about a family who is very different from most of the rest of the people in the world, but they think all the others are the ones who are different, and accept everyone exactly as they are without judgement. the kids love it and understand the message.

  3. I find just sitting still and watching the birds and listening to the wind chimes can help me feel an undercurrent of peace even when my life is in disorder. It also helps to remember that some of our struggles are common to all of us. I love how you remind us of that, dear Ann. You help.

  4. There are some books I go back and reread every few years, finding something new in them every time: Orlando by Virginia Woolf, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court are a couple of them. In the New York Times Book Review there’s always the “By The Book Section” in which a notable person is asked about their books and one of the questions that sometimes comes up is, “What’s your favorite book that no one has heard of?” If asked that I’d have to say Aldous Huxley’s Island. So many high school kids read Brave New World without knowing that Huxley himself considered that book a failure because both societies in it were broken. So his final novel, which I think deserves more attention, was his attempt to show a society that was happy and good.

  5. What helps is always managing to find the bright spot in any situation, which you invariably do, Ann! ☀️

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