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Day 3680: Lessons learned

When I write notes for my Coping and Healing groups, the list of topics discussed often includes “lessons learned.”

Last night, I asked a question about lessons learned on Twitter.

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Do you see lessons learned in my other images for today?

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

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I’m so grateful for all my lessons learned from others, including YOU!

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Day 3664: What I’ve Found

Yesterday, I found the confidence and the skill to facilitate a group for the doctors at the hospital where I work. I’ve found that I often get anxious about doing something new, especially when it’s important to me, but it usually turns out fine.

Here are other things I’ve found lately:

  • my phone, after losing it on the day I wrote a blog post about losing things,
  • an Artificial Intelligence website where you can chat with famous people, including Jane Austen,
  • joy in the prospect of turning 70 years old on Groundhog Day,
  • all the tiles for our shower remodel, and
  • what’s pictured in my images for today.

I’ve found that I don’t have to work harder, for heaven’s sake, but I am telling my ex-husband (who reads this blog but sometimes just looks at the pictures of Joan) that today is Kiss a Ginger Day (since our son Aaron is a ginger). Also, I’ve found that it helps to remember my late father (also named Aaron) who was a pharmacist.

Here’s what I’ve found when I searched for “what I’ve found” on YouTube:

I’ve found reading your comments so valuable (even if it takes me some time to respond).

I’ve found gratitude for everyone who helps me create this daily blog, including YOU!

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Day 3632: Hugs

Hugs were a big thing in my therapy groups last week. During the in-person group on Monday, several people spontaneously gave and received hugs. In the on-line groups, I suggested giving oneself hugs as a mindfulness exercise.

I think people need hugs these days, so I’m including some hugs in today’s images.

Hugs to the Institute for Therapeutic Ridicule and to everyone else who answers my questions on social media.

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

I also find this.

Thankful hugs to all who help me create these daily posts, including YOU!

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Day 3624: Find

I find it useful to define my terms, so here’s a definition of “find.”

I always appreciate what people find in therapy, discovering that they can find resilience and hope in the midst of emotional and physical pain. I find we keep learning important lessons over and over again, perceiving new understanding every time.

Yesterday, I was grateful to find, again, that I can use my adult wisdom and capabilities to react more effectively to situations that trigger painful childhood memories.

I find that this newly installed pipe …

… can either obscure my view or help me see more clearly. And if I find that I don’t like looking at it, I can always have it redone.

Here are the images I find on my phone this morning:

I find that

  • I’m trying to obsess less about shit in general,
  • I’m grateful to have a roof over my head,
  • I like to play outside with Joan the cat, and
  • the Daily Bitch calendar is a real find (as is Joan).

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

It took me several careers to find my main passion, which is group therapy. I’m hoping to find more time to pursue my other passions, including travel and songwriting.

If you find you have something to share about this “find” post, please find the comments section below.

Thanks to all the finds who find me here on WordPress, including YOU!

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Day 3621: Making the world a better place

Yesterday, people I respect told me I was making the world a better place with my attend-when-you choose Coping and Healing therapy groups. They thought offering those groups to many more people and preserving my “legacy” (their word!) by writing an article about them would be making the world a better place.

Let’s see what the Daily Bitch Calendar has to say about making the world a better place.

It DOES sound exhausting, but I shall do my best at making the world a better place, one step at a time.

I hope the sharing images like these is making the world a better place.

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “making the world a better place.”

Thanks to all who are making the world a better place, including YOU.

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Day 3578: Stronger together

If I didn’t believe that we’re stronger together than on our own, I wouldn’t be such a passionate proponent of the healing power of groups.

Yesterday, when people were stronger together in the first in-person Coping and Healing group since the beginning of COVID, I saw many stronger-together images.

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We are stronger together with scientists and researchers who keep seeking important answers.

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

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I am stronger together with you!

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Day 3570: Worth waiting for

In an EMDR therapy session last week when I was processing some recent medical scares, I came up with a helpful and healing phrase.

I’m worth waiting for.

I’ve been waiting my whole life to feel worthy enough to believe that.

I hope the full explanation of today’s title is worth waiting for — I’ll reveal it after I share today’s images (which include other things worth waiting for).

Some of today’s National Days were worth waiting for, although I don’t know why that list doesn’t include “Indigenous People’s Day.”

That magic hat I ordered online was worth waiting for and I’m going to use it a week from today in an IN-PERSON Coping and Healing group, which was also worth waiting for.

That other reason why today’s title is “worth waiting for?” A great construction crew is coming today to work on our upstairs bathroom, which has been worth waiting for.

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “worth waiting for.”

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I know your comments are worth waiting for and I hope my gratitude is, too!

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Day 3568: Local news

In my therapy groups, I often suggest that people share local news, defining “local news” this way:

If there were a cable news network dedicated to reporting about your life, what would the headlines be?

Do you see local news in today’s blog post?

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I hope the local news doesn’t get much worse.

When I search YouTube for “local news” it’s all too scary and depressing, so here is “Weird Al“ Yankovic’s “Headline News.”

What’s the local news where you are?

Thanks to all who help me report my local news every day, including YOU.

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Day 3566: Silly sides

You might think that a blog post about silly sides would be about crazy cole slaw or preposterous potatoes, but that would just be silly and therefore appropriate for today.

I like to bring out silly sides no matter what day it is. Do you see any silly sides in my images for today?

I’m going to celebrate silly sides today by using this as a mindfulness exercise for one of my therapy groups.

Feel free to show your silly sides in a comment, below.

Thanks to all who help me show my silly sides every day, including YOU!

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Day 3561: Does this make sense?

Last week in one of my therapy groups, we noticed how some members were asking “does this make sense?” when they were making complete sense.

We tried to make sense of this and discussed how people can doubt their ability to make sense when they’ve gotten messages from the culture and/or their families that they make less sense than others.

Does this make sense? That so many people receive undermining messages like that?

An older woman in the group shared how she has learned to stop asking “does this make sense?” when she is speaking, which made sense to the other members.

Does this make sense that I’m sharing these thoughts and images with you today?

To make sense of this reading: My INR is finally back where it needs to be!

Does this makes sense that “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” would be on a WEEKEND?

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “does this make sense?”

It always makes sense for me to end my blog posts with thanks to all who try to make sense of them, including you!

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