Posts Tagged With: gratitude

Day 3797: Escapes

We all need escapes from

Do you see escapes in my images for today?

Here’s what I find when I search for escapes on YouTube:

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Thanks to all who share in my escapes, including YOU!

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Day 3793: It’s not the end of the world

“It’s not the end of the world” is something I like to say to myself and others in response to the very common cognitive distortion of catastrophizing.

It’s not the end of the world if we

  • make a mistake,
  • say the wrong thing,
  • have lapses of memory,
  • don’t show up for something,
  • don’t get what we want, or
  • lose somebody (although that can feel like the end of the world).

Of course, if too many of us do nothing to save our endangered world, that could mean the end of the world in the future. However, it’s not the end of the world today, even if today is End of the World or Rapture Party Day.

It’s not the end of the world if I have only a few images to share with you today.

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Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “it’s not the end of the world.”

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It’s not the end of the world and I’m grateful for that and for you!

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Day 3791: Speeches

Today, I’ll be one of several people making speeches about my wonderful cardiologist, Dr. Deeb Salem, who is having a building named after him.

I haven’t made too many speeches in my life, but I have a lot to say about Dr. Salem, who has been my cardiologist for over forty years. It’s been difficult for me to keep to the five-minute time limit for all the speeches today. If I just read all the blog posts I’ve written here about Dr. Salem (including this, this, and this) that might take up the time of the whole ceremony!

I get nervous about making speeches but I’ll try not to let that show. Also, I’ll probably be rewriting that speech until the moment I have to give it.

Because the speeches aren’t being formally recorded, I’ll try to get somebody to capture my speech today so I can share it with you tomorrow.

Let’s see if there is any material for speeches in the rest of today’s post.

If I were giving the Daily Bitch’s short speech today, I would probably change “Sometimes I wish I was a dog” to “Sometimes I wish I were a dog,” but I’m not going to give a speech about using the subjunctive.

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

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In speeches and blog posts, I like to end with gratitude, so thanks to all who help me live my best life, including Dr. Salem and YOU.

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Day 3790: What therapists don’t say

I just read a New York Times article titled “What Therapists Don’t Say.” There seems to be some fascination with that — the premise of the TV show Shrinking is that “a grieving therapist starts to break the rules by telling his clients exactly what he thinks.”

What I don’t say, in an individual therapy session, includes

  • You think that’s bad? Let me tell you about my problems!
  • I’m distracted.
  • I’m afraid you really don’t want to change.
  • You should do this.
  • I don’t think I can help you.
  • I wish I were doing something else.
  • That hurts my feelings.
  • I have to pee (this one was mentioned in the New York Times article).

I don’t say any of those things because (1) they are passing, momentary thoughts and (2) unhelpful. Also, when I have a thought that I don’t say, I take it as important information — often a window into what the other person is feeling.

Do you see anything that therapists don’t say in my images for today?

Sometimes I do say a World Holiday or what the Daily Bitch says in a therapy session, if it’s relevant.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “what therapists don’t say.”

Now I’m wondering what you would say in the comments section, below.

Here’s something I say every day:

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Day 3789: Karma

Do you know what karma is?

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Each action creates a certain memory and I am certain that there is karma in my other images for today.

I’m not sure what karma the Daily Bitch is creating there but I sometimes throw pillows when I’m pissed.

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

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Thanks to all who create good karma, including YOU.

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Day 3780: Was ist das?

I often ask “was ist das?” in English, so when I saw “was ist das?” yesterday in a Black Forest gift shop …

…I knew what it was: a good title for today’s blog post.

Was ist das? This is my last blog post before my flight back home to Boston after a very enjoyable Viking River Cruise on the Rhine River.

Was ist das? It’s the introduction to another batch of images from that wonderful trip through the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland.

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Was ist das?

What’s this? It’s goodbye and thanks until tomorrow.

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Day 3775: The Ideal Vacation

This trip may be my ideal vacation, because it includes people I love, water, iconic scenery, walking, relaxation, new perspectives, photo opportunities,learning, music, comfortable weather, kindness, respectfulness, animals, natural settings, humor, good food, unlimited Wi-Fi, and plenty of chocolate.

Do you see elements of an ideal vacation in this blog post?

What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal anything always includes connections to wonderful people, including YOU!

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Day 3774: Sending love to everyone

Last night, as I was having trouble sleeping during my first night on board a Viking River Cruise, I came up with a new mindfulness exercise of sending love to everyone. Sending love to everyone, including people I have trouble loving because of past hurts, was very healing and helped me get a good enough sleep, which makes it even easier to be sending love to everyone.

Now, I am sending love to everyone with these photos from Amsterdam.

Sending love to everyone, including the Daily Bitch (who always seems to be on point) and YOU!

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Day 3772: Friends

Yesterday, as I prepared for an adventure down the Rhine River with friends (which starts tomorrow!), I noticed friends all around me. Do you see friends in my images for today?

On National Honesty Day, I can honestly say that (1) I love my friends and (2) I wonder if any of my friends know what Spank Out Day and Walpurgis Night are all about, because I don’t.

In any case, I will be flying out on Walpurgis Night with a friend to meet more friends on a boat tomorrow. I feel sad about the friends I am leaving behind but I know I’ll be connecting with friends here throughout the trip.

Here‘s what I find on YouTube when I search for friends:

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Thanks to all my friends, including YOU!

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Day 3770: Stories we like to tell

As a therapist, I listen to stories that people like to tell. Some stories are curative; others are habitual retellings of internalized toxic beliefs.

A story I like to tell is that people are capable of change, growth, and healing, no matter what awful experiences they’ve had.

I expect I’ll have stories I like to tell from my vacation in Europe next week. The last time I took a trip, I certainly had stories (see here for one of them).

Do you see stories we like to tell in my images for today?

The Daily Bitch likes to tell fascinating stories.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for the stories we like to tell.

I look forward to reading the stories you like to tell.

Thanks to all who help me share the stories we like to tell in this blog, including YOU!

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