gratitude

Day 1685: Together again for the first time

“Together again for the first time” is 

  • a phrase that has appeared many times on superhero comic book covers,
  • somewhat confusing,
  • the title of today’s post, and
  • inspired by a photo I took last night when I was together again with Boston’s Fenway Park for the first time sitting in the outfield to see Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor, who were together again for the last time on their current tour. 


The world and I have been together since 1953 and so have the Boston Red Sox and The Jimmy Fund — “the oldest and most successful partnership between a sports team and a charity in the nation.” 

The photos in this blog post are together again for the first time, starting now:


My iPhone and I are together again for the first time today creating this post (because my laptop won’t load my photos) and for some reason, my iPhone is putting my pictures together again for the first time in reverse chronological order. The words in that previous sentence are together again for the first time and I hope it’s the last time, too, because I’m going to the Apple Store today to get my technology together again for the first time in a few months. 

At this point, I need to get myself together again and decide which music goes together with today’s blog. 

If I close my eyes, I can still see James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt singing beautifully together again for the last time on their 2017 tour. 

I’m gathering my gratitude together again, so thanks to all who helped me create this together-again-for-the-first-time post and to you —  of course! — for getting yourself together again to visit here, now.  


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Day 1610: Enter here

Enter here, dear readers.

As I enter another blog post here, I wonder why I entered this image onto my iPhone yesterday.

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I shall enter here my best guesses:

  • It’s good to know where you should enter.
  • No matter where we are or where we’ve been, we still need to enter different places.
  • Soon I shall enter a new home.
  • Next year, I shall enter a new position of responsibility.
  • Yesterday, after I entered the place where I saw the “Enter Here” sign, I ran into somebody who had previously held that position of responsibility.  When I asked him if he thought I had what it took to enter into that position successfully, he entered a vote of confidence.
  • I have entered many blog posts here and hope to enter many more.
  • Today is Memorial Day in the USA, where we honor those who entered battle, never to return.

I shall now enter here, with gratitude, my other photos from yesterday.

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Day 1524: This is it

Yesterday, when I went to cardiac  rehab, I saw this:

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And this is it, for cardiac rehab, because I’ve now completed all my sessions there.

This is it, for Danise.

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This is it, for Carla.

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Carla is saying, “This is it! That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen” as she’s watching this:

This is it, for Kathy.

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Kathy is saying, “This is it!  Joel Sartore‘s Photo Ark  is perfect for any animal lover!”

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This is it, for me and cardiac rehab.

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This is it, for the rest of my photos from yesterday.

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This is it for today’s blog, as I thank Danise, Carla, Kathy, Mount Auburn Hospital Cardiac Rehab, Joel Sartore, the city of Boston, Tifa the Rabbit, Oscar, Harley,  everyone else appearing in today’s post and I also thank you — of course! — for being here, now.

 

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Day 1341: Good day

Good day, my good readers!

A good way to start this day and blog post is to ask this good question: What is a good day, to you?

During my good day yesterday,  somebody in a therapy group said, “A good day is one when I wake up.”

That’s as good a definition as any.

Here are some good pictures from a good day:

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Does that look like a good day?  It was!

And isn’t it good that you can buy love forever in a spray bottle?

I thought it was especially good, during my good day yesterday, that the good page I chose at random from that good book of 365 days of health and happiness boosters was “Find Something Orange,” since my only child has orange hair.

Now I shall find something orange on YouTube:

That’s my good son, good people.

For me, a great day is one when I can authentically express gratitude.

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Day 1320: If

If you were going to write a post titled “If,” how would you start?

If you were going to use a book of interesting questions for group therapy, which one would you choose?

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If you were going to take photos for your thirteen hundred and twentieth consecutive daily blog post, what would they be?

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If you had to choose a favorite photo from those, what would it be?

If you wanted to introduce some music in a blog post, how would you do that?

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If you were going to provide a link to that music, would you put it here?

If you were going to answer one question in this post, which one would you choose?

If you were to ask your own “If” question, what would it be?

If you were going to end a blog post (or anything else), how would you end it?

If you always end with gratitude, why would you do anything different today? Thanks to all who helped me create this post and to you — of course! — for reading it.

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Day 1293: Tigers

Have you ever wondered why my avatar here at WordPress is a tiger wearing glasses?

As usual, there are many reasons. Two of the reasons appear in a post I wrote my very first year of blogging  — Day 161: Tales of Tigers.

This blogging tiger realizes that you might not have the time  to read that previous Tiger post. So today’s post will focus on these two Tigers:

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The tiger on the right is Tiger, my well-worn childhood toy.

The tiger on the left is glad that she’s home from the hospital, healing like the tiger that she is.

What’s some good tiger music for today?

Tiger Tune #1:

Tiger Tune #2:

Tiger Tune #3:

Any comment you’d like to leave behind, Tiger?

Thanks to all the tigers who helped me create today’s tiger of a post and to you — of course! — for being enough of a tiger to be here.

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Day 1188: So what do you think the meaning of life is?

So what do you think the meaning of life is?

So I (and Merriam-Webster) think the meaning of life is

the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks
: the period of time when a person is alive
: the experience of being alive

So I think the meaning of life is

what you make it.

So what do you think the meaning of life is, in these photos I took yesterday?

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So what do you think the meaning of life is?

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So what do you think the meaning of life is, in the following photos?

So I think those photos have special meaning in my life,  because they show my son in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he’ll be attending university.

So what do I think the meaning of life is?  So I don’t think I could explain it all in one blog post.

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… I think it includes giving thanks.

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So thanks a million, for reading this post.

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Day 1172: The most amazing thing I’ve ever seen

Amazingly, yesterday somebody said to me, “That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

The person expressing that amazement did so during one amazing moment of an amazingly busy day for me, when I did individual and group therapy at work, went to my amazing dentist’s office, walked around Boston and its amazing environs, went to an amazing group psychotherapy organization board meeting, and took photos of many amazing things.

Would you be amazed if I asked you to guess which amazing photo below shows the amazing thing that person found remarkably amazing?

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The most amazing thing I can think of doing right now is to try to remember if I’ve ever said, “That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!” out loud.   I’d be amazed if I haven’t, at some point in my amazing life,  but my memory isn’t amazing enough to come up with amazing specifics. My amazing guess is that I could have easily said that about

  • my son, Aaron,
  • my father, Aaron,
  • one of my cats,
  • my very unusual heart,
  • a new place I’d never seen before (like Yosemite, Monument Valley, the Yucatan, London, Edinburgh, etc.),
  • a live stand-up comedy performance,
  • professional dancers,
  • a work of art,
  • a piece of architecture,
  • the Beatles,
  • a Pat Metheny concert,
  • another amazing person, or
  • a kashmillion other amazing sights.

I just googled “Pat Metheny most amazing” and found this site, which recommends this amazing performance of this amazing Beatles song as one of his 10 best:

Amazingly, it’s time for me to end this amazed and amazing post with one more amazing photo from amazing yesterday.

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Day 1162: I’d be lost without ___

Yesterday, as I was lost in an enormous local supermarket, I saw this:

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During many lost and found times, I’ve thought I’d be lost without:

  • my parents,
  • my sister,
  • God,
  • my extended family,
  • friends,
  • books,
  • music,
  • my cardiac pacemaker,
  • writing,
  • my cat(s),
  • home,
  • school,
  • love,
  • a significant other,
  • a job,
  • my integrity,
  • financial security,
  • my son,
  • a sense of purpose,
  • a fulfilling career,
  • authenticity,
  • honesty,
  • my doctors,
  • support,
  • the kindness of strangers,
  • sleep,
  • nourishing food,
  • therapists,
  • good health,
  • group work,
  • travel,
  • the past,
  • the future,
  • the present moment,
  • this blog,
  • my readers, and
  • Geographical Positioning Systems.*

I’d be lost without my iPhone to take photos, including these:

Lost?

I’d be lost without my curiosity and I’m curious if you can guess what might be inside this greeting card:

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or this one:

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or this one:

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If you’d be lost without some music, here‘s Sting singing lyrics that include “I’m lost without you.”

I’m lost without gratitude, so

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* I’d be lost without Google to check that “GPS” actually stands for Global Positioning System.

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Day 1161: Prepare for the expected

As expected, I wasn’t prepared, yesterday, for this:

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I expect we seldom expect signs about preparing for the expected.

How would you prepare for the expected?

Prepare for the expected list in this daily blog.

  1. When my son’s father, Leon, and I decided to stay together in 1980, I never expected we would separate or divorce.
  2. I expected our son, Aaron, to grow up to be a fabulous young man.
  3. These days, I expect all three of us to get along  well, even when we’re working on the expectedly difficult and complicated,  like financial applications to college.

Prepare for  expected photographs.

As expected, WordPress presented those photos unexpectedly.

Were you prepared for the expected in this post?  I’m prepared for both expected and unexpected comments.

Prepare for the expected thanks to Aaron, Leon, Target, PetSmart, Harley the cat,  and all others who helped me create this expected post. Prepare for the expected special thanks to you — of course!  — no matter what you expected today.

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