Posts Tagged With: gratitude

Day 3559: When you’re feeling down

When you’re feeling down, know that you’re not alone.

When you’re feeling down, remember that you’ve felt down before and made it through.

When you’re feeling down, resist the temptation to get down on yourself and beat yourself up.

When I’m feeling down, I share my heart with people I trust, observe what’s around me, set an achievable goal, access good memories, and get in touch with humor.

When you’re feeling down, get down with the Daily Bitch (and maybe eat a creative ice cream flavor or a ginger snap).

When you’re feeling down, listen to music that brings you up.

When you’re feeling down, get in touch with gratitude. Thanks to all who help me get up every day and create these blog posts, including YOU!

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Day 3555: What’s trending

I don’t look for what’s trending, but that list automatically popped up when I was googling the National Days for June 2022, the currently trending month.

The only thing on that list that’s trending where I am is the coronavirus. Also trending here are:

  • the recent Supreme Court decisions on guns and women’s rights,
  • injustices,
  • climate change,
  • denial,
  • the mid-term elections,
  • inflation,
  • George Carlin’s American Dream,
  • group therapy,
  • home repair, and
  • every image I recently captured on my iPhone.

PTSD is definitely trending, which I’m very aware of as a psychotherapist.

Here’s what I find when I search for “what’s trending George Carlin.”

What’s trending where you are?

What’s always trending here — no matter what day it is — is gratitude, so thanks to all who help me create these blog posts, including YOU.

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Day 3551: Signs

I know I’ve blogged about signs many times before, but it’s a sign of how busy I am these days that I’m not linking to those previous posts here.

I see signs everywhere, but I’m not always sure what they signify. What signs do you see in my images for today?

Perhaps it’s a sign of National Hydration Day that I just put a sign in our bathroom to remind Michael to close the seat to prevent Joan’s hydration from the toilet.

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

I’ll be looking for signs of comments later today.

There are always signs of gratitude at the end of my posts, so thanks to all who help me blog every day, including YOU!

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Day 3548: Unreal

So many things seem unreal to me these days, including:

  • how facts don’t seem to matter,
  • the level of denial about climate change,
  • the resistance to enacting common sense gun laws in the USA,
  • the power of greed,
  • some people’s priorities,
  • the daily news,
  • the passage of time,
  • reality shows, and
  • my many blessings.

Let’s see if there’s anything unreal in my images for today.

It’s unreal how many excuses people have for being late. I can’t be late today because I’m on call at the hospital starting at 9 AM, but I have time to search YouTube for “unreal.”

It’s unreal how before today I had never heard of Roxette and the late Marie Fredrikkson.

It’s unreal how grateful I am to all those who help me create this daily blog, including YOU.

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Day 3546: Better than expected

Yesterday was a day that turned out much better than expected.

Let’s see if my photos are better than expected.

That cookie might be better than expected and that slogan was better than expected.
Capturing two bunnies in a photo was better than expected. Also, the weather during our evening walk was better than expected because it had been humid earlier in the day.
This photo of a big orange cat in a window was better than expected.
If this sweet lost kitty is ever found, that would be better than expected.
This typical still life in our neighborhood is better than expected.
What my husband Michael said about this combination of restaurants was better than expected. He said it was Mex-Ken. His reaction to his own pun was better than expected because he hates puns unless he makes them. Then they’re not puns, they’re “shmuns.”
Harley’s reactions to Joan are much better than expected.
We thought we would never get over the loss of our beloved cat Oscar, but Joan has made everything much better than expected.
If these three photos of Harley and Joan are better than expected, that’s because Michael took them, not me.
I’m curious about things that are better than expected, in case you haven’t noticed.
Michael’s homemade dinners are better than donuts, which might be better than expected for some.
These National Days are better than expected so I think I’ll splurge and get away today by visiting my ex-sister-in-law, Deborah, whose dog Casey’s recovery from heartworms was better than expected.

Brian Regan (a comedian I found out about thanks to my Twitter followers) was better than expected.

When I searched for information about Brian Regan just now, I found out that he’s appearing at a great venue near me next week, which was better than expected. I just splurged on National Splurge Day and got two better-than-expected tickets for that show.

If Michael agrees to go with me, that will be better than expected.

What’s been better than expected for you?

Thanks to all who are reading this better-than-expected blog post, including YOU!

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Day 3543: Sense of humor

I really like River Butcher’s sense of humor, so I’m going to share their full Comedy Central special, “A Different Kind of Dude.”

I especially love their bit about pronouns and white ladies, which I hope demonstrates that my sense of humor includes the ability to laugh at myself.

Do you see a sense of humor (or any kind of sense) in my images for today?

I’m glad I had the sense to write about sense of humor on National Smile Power Day.

I’m not kidding when I end this post with a sense of gratitude for River Butcher and for all those who have the sense of humor to enjoy my blog, including YOU.

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Day 3540: National Loving Day

I’m loving that there is a National Loving Day.

I’m loving that you’re reading my blog, here and now, and looking at today’s images.

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

Thanks to all the loving people who helped me create this National Loving Day post, including YOU!

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Day 3538: Learning

I keep learning every day and I try to share some of that learning in this blog.

Yesterday, in a therapy session, somebody compared learning self-acceptance to maintaining a home. While we might wish that our hard work is finally done, we learn to keep recommitting to the upkeep, which is never finished.

This weekend I’ll be learning more about facilitating groups at the annual conference of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy. I’m never done learning more about groups, too.

I have to say that what I’m learning about my country can be very scary and discouraging. I hope that people in the USA are learning that they have to vote in November if they care about the future of their country and the world.

Do you see learning in my images for today?

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

Thanks to all who support my learning, including YOU.

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Day 3532: Doing a good job

Doing a good job is important to me, although I often remind people that we are worthy no matter what we are doing or not doing. In a therapy group yesterday, I repeated (on National Repeat Day) that we are human beings, NOT human doings, so we need to try to accept and love ourselves even when we’re not doing well.

Part of doing a good job as a daily blogger is capturing images, looking at them in the morning, and coming up with a title and theme that fits.

Do you think I’m doing a good job with today’s blog post?

The Daily Bitch calendar is doing a good job reassuring us today. And I’m doing a good job on National Hug Your Cat Day hugging our cat Joan (seen above doing a good job on her first visit to her new vet and also helping me unpack).

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “doing a good job.”

Thanks to all who support me in doing a good job here and elsewhere, including YOU!

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Day 3531: National Repeat Day

I’m sure I’m repeating myself here when I state that I sometimes have a fear of repeating myself. However, repeating oneself is actually encouraged on National Repeat Day.

Even on National Repeat Day, I don’t want to repeat much more of the National Day Calendar’s description of National Repeat Day, which you can read here. That description has links to 7 Things Worth Repeating (including music, daily affirmations, and recipes) and and 7 Things Not Worth Repeating (including bad haircuts, terrible jobs, and being scammed).

On National Repeat Day, I want to repeat that the USA needs to ban assault weapons, NOW.

Do you see repeats in my other images for today?

On National Repeat Day, there’s kind of a repeat of National Macaroon Day, which was three days ago.

Here’s a song I like to repeat on this blog:

One of the suggested ways to celebrate “National Repeat Day” is …

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