I like to follow my heart, and my heart is telling me to start out this blog post with a definition.
There are many things I’ve learned so well that I can remember them without having to consult the original source (although my memory is not as good in my late 60s as it was when I was younger).
I know the question I asked last night on Twitter by heart:
I received over a thousand answers to that question on Twitter, of movies that people know by heart and, I assume, love with all their hearts. While I can’t recite all of the answers by heart, they included many other movies that live in my heart and that I practically know by heart, including The Princess Bride, The Birdcage, Groundhog Day, the first Star Wars movie, A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Arthur, Pride and Prejudice, Blade Runner, Blazing Saddles, Casablanca, Babe, Raising Arizona, Animal House, West Side Story, Marx Brothers movies, Ghostbusters, the Jerk, and The Wizard of Oz.
I love, with all my heart, to ask questions that get to people’s hearts, like this one:
I know, by heart, that my photos today will include pictures of our new kitty Joan (whom I love with all my heart) and the desserts we got last night before we picked up more antibiotics for Joan at Angell Animal Medical Center.
There’s no way I’m going to know all the National Days for September 25, 2021 by heart.
Here, here and here are some scenes from The Producers, a movie I know by heart:
What do you know by heart?
Do you know that I always end my blog posts with the gratitude that’s in my heart for all who visit here, including YOU?
I related to many of the answers, including people who said their adopted animals gave them a sense of purpose.
Joan, our new cat, has been giving me a new sense of purpose as I purposefully try to prevent her from licking the infected skin on her tummy, while I do whatever I can to bond with her and promote her healing.
Joan’s sense of purpose seems to be to figure out a way to defeat every cone put around her adorable little neck, including the hard plastic cone the vet put on her last weekend at Angell Animal Medical Center.
It took Joan longer to purposefully figure out a way to lick the infected area while wearing that cone, and when I observed her doing that on purpose yesterday, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Luckily, I had purposefully ordered yet another cone online, so yesterday we replaced the Angell cone with this new one, on purpose.
That cone has been serving its purpose so far, and I hope it gives Joan a chance to heal.
Do you see a sense of purpose in my other images for today? I took several of the photos with the purpose of illustrating the concept of ripples — i.e., our actions ripple out into the world, purposefully affecting others in ways we can’t predict.
I put the photo of Joan with her cone and my tweet about National Ice Cream Cone Day together, above, on purpose.
What gives you a sense of purpose?
This is what I find on YouTube when I search for “what gives you a sense of purpose?” on purpose.
Ever since we adopted Joan — our kitty who was found on the streets of Tennessee with her siblings and many kittens — my husband Michael has been “speaking” for Joan by saying, in a high Southern-accented voice, “I do what I want!”
Joan does what she wants by
chasing our other cat Harley around the house,
sitting where she wants to sit,
playing when she wants to play,
sleeping when and where she wants to sleep, and
generally, being cat.
Joan does what she wants within the confines of wearing a cone …
… as her skin infection heals. Actually, if she was really doing what she wants, she wouldn’t be wearing that damned cone, but she’s doing just fine.
“I do what I want” is also what many humans say as they get older and wiser. I discovered this, again, when I tweeted this yesterday:
Many people on Twitter agreed with me and shared how they do what they want, more and more, as they get older. Somebody actually responded with this:
Here are some other responses:
I do what I want when I create this daily blog, so I want to share the photos I took yesterday at work and at home. You do what you want with these:
The Daily Bitch does what she wants. Do you?
I do what I want and I want to see what I find when I search YouTube for “I do what I want.”
I do what I want and I also want to include some music here. Here’s “Do What You Want” from OK Go.
I do what I want and I always want to end these posts with gratitude for all who visit this blog, including YOU!
Our cat Joan is adapting to her hard cone, even though she doesn’t like it.
I’m adapting to going into work in person on Mondays, even though I don’t like it. I’d much rather be working from home, especially as I’m helping Joan with her adapting. This is my second Monday since the start of the pandemic going into the Boston medical center where I work, and it’s definitely easier this time.
I guess we’re all adapting all the time.
Do you see adapting in my other images for today?
The Daily Bitch has an interesting way of adapting.
Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “adapting”:
How are you adapting these days?
Blogging and gratitude both help in my adapting, so thanks to all those who are adapting every day, including YOU!
The Daily Bitch calendar for today is explaining what life is, sometimes.
My late mother (whom I miss even more during the Jewish holidays) used to say “Life is what you make it.”
What life is includes dealing with constant change. Today I am going back to work in-person one day a week and I hope I can adapt to that easily.
Do you see any indications of what life is in my other images for today?
What life is includes joys, sorrows, fears, frustrations, the unexpected, hurts, healing, despair, hope, and obligations. Now I need to give our adopted kitty Joan some treatments for her stubborn mastitis (an inflammation of the breast tissue caused by her nursing her kittens), before I leave for work.
I think we all deserve a pat on the back for getting through months of this pandemic, as well as other soul-sucking challenges that could easily break our backs.
Not to pat myself on the back too much, but my job as a group therapist for a major Boston medical center is important and also very stressful. I’m feeling more stressed than unusual today because I’ll be returning there in-person one day a week, starting tomorrow. In response to the stress, I’ve developed a new nervous habit — scratching myself on the back. This morning, I decided to transform that into a more adaptive habit: whenever I notice that I am scratching my back, I will consciously pat myself on the back instead.
Do you think I deserve a pat on the back for that helpful transformation or for any of the images I’m choosing to share today?
Patting oneself on the back takes practice, so I am now going to pat myself on the back for keeping several awesome friendships over the years.
Also, when I look at the National Days for today …
… I notice that several are related to giving pats on the back.
I’m also patting myself on the back for choosing to spend part of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 yesterday by listening to the uplifting score of Come From Away — themusical based on the true stories of the planes that were rerouted to remote Gander, Newfoundland after the Twin Tower attacks.
I think the creators of Come From Awayshould pat themselves on the back for transforming the pain of that day into such a deep, compelling, and healing work of art. Here’s a number from the show plus a recent interview on Good Morning America :
How can you pat yourself on the back, here and now?
Finally, I will pat myself on the back again for sharing my thoughts, feelings, and gratitude with wonderful people who have my back every day, including YOU!
Today is National Ampersand Day & the second day of Rosh Hashana & the day I go back to see the Ear Nose & Throat people at the hospital about my nosebleed caused by my anticoagulant medications & our new & adorable cat Joan trying to wake me up by scratching my nose & so much more.
Yesterday I started working again after my 2-week vacation & people were very glad to reconnect in an online therapy group & had a lot to say.
Today, as always, I want to welcome all thoughts & feelings including happiness & sadness & fear & anger & despair & hope & so on.
Here are photos & screen captures for today’s post.
How are you going to celebrate & otherwise mark this precious & unique day?
Last night, when we were eating this delicious & nutritious vegetarian chili …
… my husband & cook Michael & my son Aaron & I were talking about the many ways you can get chili in Cincinnati, including with cheese & beans & spaghetti.