Posts Tagged With: gratitude

Day 3687: Scares

I’ve had quite a few scares in my long life. Today’s scares are related to the subzero cold, here and now.

I’m experiencing scares about people, animals, and pipes freezing. For me, scares are exaggerated when they are something new, and I don’t remember ever experiencing temperatures this far below zero. (I’m discounting wind chill factors, with their typical subzero scares).

I reduce scares by naming and sharing them (in case you haven’t noticed), so do you see any scares in my other images for today?

Just the thought of playing outside or being a mail carrier today is giving me scares.

The cold-related scares woke me up in the middle of the night and are preventing me from falling back asleep. I think my scares might abate once the temperature starts to rise, even just a little.

Yay! As the temperature goes up, my scares go down.

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

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Thanks to those who help me create these blog posts no matter what the scares, including YOU!

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Day 3686: Defining moments

I’ve decided that turning 70 years old is a defining moment for me. From now on, I will:

  • abandon perfectionism,
  • be more tolerant of mistakes, and
  • relax whenever possible (using Joan the cat as my teacher).

Do you see defining moments in my images for today?

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

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Thanks to all who help me create and recognize defining moments, including YOU!

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Day 3685: Groundhog Day, again!

Well, dear readers, I made it to Groundhog Day, again, and age 70!

Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, there is no shadow here and it’s springtime in my soul. I’m so grateful for every precious year I’ve had and thankful that, against all odds, there’s more life ahead.

Even when I repeat mistakes and relearn lessons again (as we all do), it’s been a wonderful ride with no regrets.

Let’s see if there’s any evidence of Groundhog Day, again, in my images for today.

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Even the Daily Bitch is thankful on Groundhog Day, again!

Here’s what I find when I search YouTube for “Groundhog Day, again!”

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Thanks to all who are celebrating Groundhog Day, again, with me, including YOU!

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Day 3681: That’s the story of my life

Yesterday, my husband Michael said “that’s the story of my life” regarding something negative, which I’ve heard a lot in my life.

Most of us have negative narratives (like “I never get what I want”) that cause us to say “that’s the story of my life” when things don’t work out. It’s important to realize “that’s the story of my life” also includes exceptions to those narratives, since the stories of our lives are complexly rich with negatives and positives, too.

I almost said “that’s the story of my life” yesterday when somebody resisted listening to me and made it difficult for me to get what I needed. I felt helpless and beaten thinking “that’s the story of my life” until I remembered a traumatic experience in the hospital many years ago when an anesthesiologist callously refused to honor an easily-granted request from me. After realizing “that was then and this is now” and that I wasn’t doomed to repeat negative experiences, I was appropriately assertive yesterday, got what I wanted, and proved again that “that’s the story of my life” includes good outcomes too.

Yes, “that’s the story of my life” means problems but also solutions, uncertainties but also resolutions, rejections but also loving relationships.

When I look at my images for today I think, “that’s the story of my life,” in a good way.

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Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “that’s the story of my life.”

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Thanks to all who make the story of my life better, including YOU.

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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 3678: Great beginnings

Yesterday, I ended my day by asking a question about great beginnings on Twitter.

Great answers about great beginnings of movies included Raiders of the Lost Ark, La La Land, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, The Producers, Star Wars, Raising Arizona, A Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity, and (last but not least) Up.

Here’s the great beginning of Up.

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Do you see great beginnings in my other images for today?

Saying “sorry” is usually not a great beginning, which is why I often respond to “sorry” with “no need to apologize.”

That reminds me that I always play my favorite board game — Sorry! — on my birthday and I’m looking forward to that great beginning next week with no apologies.

Who wants to begin a comment with thoughts and feelings about great beginnings?

Gratitude makes great beginnings and great endings, so thanks to all who help me start my day with great beginnings, including YOU!

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Day 3673: How old am I?

How old am I? I’m about to turn 70 on Groundhog Day.

How old am I? When I was a little girl, I saw a children’s encyclopedia with an illustration depicting the lifespans of different species, and the lifespan for humans was 70.

How old am I? As I mentioned in Thursday’s blog post, I’m older than expected to be, and it’s wonderful.

How old am I? I’m old enough to share these images with you.

How old am I? Old enough (1) to admit that I almost wrote about hugs today before I knew it was National Hugging Day and (2) to stick with my chosen topic without rewriting what I have so far.

How old am I? Old enough to do what I want without regret or fear.

Here’s what I find on YouTube when I search for “how old am I?”

How old am I? I’m old enough to be grateful for every day and for you!

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Day 3672: Other people’s opinions

One thousand, six hundred, and ninety-five days ago (but who’s counting?), I wrote about other people’s opinions. I don’t know what your opinion is about that, but here are some opinions about other people’s opinions:

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Do you see other people’s opinions in my other images for today?

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The Daily Bitch always has opinions and here’s what I find when I search for “other people’s opinions” on YouTube.

I look forward to reading other people’s opinions about this post and thanks to all who helped me write it, including YOU!

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Day 3665: Awareness

Last night, in a Coping and Healing group, someone expressed gratitude that I had suggested breathing in awareness during the mindfulness exercise.

Let’s practice awareness as we look at a definition and quotes about awareness.

(I have no awareness of why “well-informed” is underlined in that definition.)

I have an awareness that this is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week …

… and an awareness that I don’t like the word “defect.”

Do you see awareness in my other images for today?

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

Here and now, I have awareness of my gratitude for all who help me create this daily blog, 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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