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Day 3137: What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

Last night, after an overwhelming day at work, I tweeted this:

The responses to that question have been overwhelming. Not surprisingly, many people are overwhelmed these days and they’re sharing their experience about that on Twitter.

Here’s my response, when somebody asked what I do when I’m overwhelmed:

I didn’t mention that I also blog, take photos, and share images on WordPress.

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Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what do you do when you’re overwhelmed?”

I also listen to music when I’m overwhelmed, and here’s the overwhelmingly talented Manhattan Transfer:

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

I hope you don’t find my gratitude for you overwhelming.

Categories: group therapy, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Day 3127: Growing old

Last week in one of my Coping and Healing groups, the older people told the younger people that growing old was not as scary as they feared. The older people talked about the benefits of growing old, which seemed to surprise the younger members of the group.

There are so many negative messages out there about growing old. Let’s see if we can balance those, here and now, with some quotes and images.

Speaking of ending the conversation, let’s see what the Daily Bitch has to say about growing old today.

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

What are your thoughts and feelings about growing old?

I am grateful to be growing old and I’m grateful for those who are growing older with me, including YOU.

Categories: group therapy, personal growth, photojournalism, quotes | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Day 3119: What is your earliest memory?

Last night, I asked the question “What is your earliest memory?” in my Coping and Healing group. People said they found that very helpful. So, after the group, I asked the same question on Twitter.

My earliest memory is from before I was walking. I was outdoors and my sister was lying on the ground next to me. I remember wondering: “Why is she doing that? She can walk!” That memory stayed with me because my parents were posing us for a photo, and I kept seeing the photo of the two of us in the family album.

Even back then, I was asking questions.

Here are some of my not-so-early memories, captured in photos:

The Daily Bitch is very memorable.

One of my earliest memories of music is of my father listening — on a very old radio — to “Witchcraft” sung by Frank Sinatra.

Now I’m asking you: What is your earliest memory?

Thanks to all who have memories and to those who ask questions and answer them, including YOU!

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Day 3111: What’s the most healing, therapeutic thing anyone has ever said to you?

Yesterday, when I was on a healing, therapeutic walk before seeing patients remotely, I thought of asking people about the most healing, therapeutic thing anyone had ever said to them.

Here’s the healing, therapeutic result, on Twitter:

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How would you answer that question? What’s the most healing, therapeutic thing anyone has ever said to you?

Do you see healing, therapeutic things in my other images for today?

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for healing, therapeutic things people have said:

Expressing and receiving gratitude is therapeutic, so thanks to all healing people out there, including YOU.

Categories: group therapy, inspiration, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , | 32 Comments

Day 3105: Something beautiful

Here’s something beautiful I just posted on Twitter:

Yes, I would rather look at something beautiful than look at the news. Can you help me?

By the way, asking for help is something beautiful, and that’s something I get to witness in my therapy groups every week.

Can you find something beautiful in my other images for today?

When I search YouTube for “something beautiful,” I discover many beautiful things, including this:

… and this:

Gratitude is something beautiful, so thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3103: The first time

Yesterday, in my Coping and Healing group, people spoke about doing things for the first time, like taking a trip alone.

Then, I noticed that my tweet about being blocked for the first time on Twitter got a kashmillion responses and hundreds of new followers, also for the first time.

Well, as my mother used to say, there’s a first time for everything.

What helps us deal with things we are encountering for the first time? Things that are new to us, even those things we might want, invariably cause some stress.

I hope you enjoy seeing these images for the first time.

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It’s not the first time I’ve shared “Ain’t That Peculiar” here and it’s probably not the last either!

Actually, it IS the first time I’ve seen and shared that fabulous video.

What are your thoughts and feelings about this first-time post?

For neither the first nor the last time, thanks to all who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

Categories: group therapy, personal growth, photojournalism, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Day 3099: Tell me something good

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook:

Tell me something good because

  • I‘m doing a workshop about my Coping and Healing groups today and I have pre-presentation jitters,
  • I have to make a difficult speech in a business meeting today,
  • bad things happen to good people,
  • good things happen to bad people, and
  • Michael discovered yesterday that there’s a leak from our shower to the outside of our home, which can’t be good.

Tell me something good you see in my images for today.

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Tell Me Something Good” is a great song by Chaka Kahn.

Tell me something good in the comments section, below.

I tell you something good at the end of each blog post by expressing my gratitude to all who help me blog every day, including YOU.

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Day 3098: Are you even living?

Today’s title is inspired by the current page that is living on my Daily Bitch Calendar:

The church might have killed me 400 years ago, but I am definitely living, here and now, as I hope you can see in my other images for today.

Here are the lyrics I quoted while I was even living yesterday:

I believe in you and in myself as we continue to be even living in this world.

Are you even considering leaving a comment about this are-you-even-living blog post?

I know I’m even living when I experience gratitude for what I have, so thanks to all who are even visiting this post, here and now.

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Day 3092: Questions

In case you haven’t noticed, I ask a lot of questions.

That last question is one we are trying to answer in a training group at a group psychotherapy conference I’m attending this weekend through ZOOM.

Do you see any questions in the photos I took yesterday?

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The Daily Bitch (who seems to have a lot of answers) sometimes asks questions, too.

This is the first thing I find when I search YouTube for “questions.”

Any questions?

Unquestionable thanks for reading this “questions” post, here and now.

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Day 3090: Forward

As I look forward to the rest of my life after serving for a decade on the board of directors of a group therapy professional organization, I want to share this sign with you:

I am looking forward to much more time to spend on music, singing, dancing, writing, reading, relaxing, and fun!

I hope it’s not too forward of me to share all these other images, as I look forward to today and the rest of my future.

Even though I am no longer on the board of directors, I look forward to continuing to practice and express my passion for the healing power of groups — here and everywhere else.

Now I look forward to sharing these two songs with great vocal performances (here and here on YouTube):

Now, I look forward to your comments and expressing my gratitude to all who help me keep blogging every day, including YOU!

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