Posts Tagged With: gratitude

Day 2764: A lot going on

Yesterday, in what I’ve been calling the home version of my Coping and Healing groups (because everybody there, including me, is participating from their homes), there was a lot going on.

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There IS a lot going on, isn’t there?  What’s going on where you are?

Is there a lot going on in my other photos from yesterday?

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When there’s a lot going on, sometimes we get lost. I hope we all, including Chelsea the cat, find our way.

Here‘s a 1972 performance of “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye.

There’s been a lot going on since then, but there’s a lot more to do if we’re to get to where we need to be going.

There’s lot of gratitude going on here for everyone, including YOU.

 

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Day 2763: We are what we _____

If we are what we watch on TV, I’m partially old episodes of Match Game, where contestants and celebrities fill in the blank.

For those of you who are drawing a _____ about Match Game, here is a 1980 episode:

 

How would you fill in the blank in today’s post title: “We are what we _____”?

I might fill in the blank as follows:

  • eat,
  • drink,
  • take in,
  • put out,
  • experience,
  • remember,
  • express,
  • believe,
  • choose,
  • watch,
  • hear,
  • notice,
  • read,
  • say,
  • don’t say,
  • think,
  • feel,
  • do,
  • don’t do,
  • support,
  • vote for,
  • accept,
  • fear,
  • ignore,
  • love,
  • hate,
  • choose,
  • surround ourselves with,
  • think we are,
  • live,
  • leave behind, and/or
  • share with others.

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Here‘s “We Are What We Are” from La Cage Aux Folles:

If we are what we feel, I am gratitude, here and now.

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Day 2759: Way stations

I just found my way to an online way station that has a definition of “way station.”


way station (noun)

Definition of way station

1: a station set between principal stations on a line of travel (such as a railroad)
2: an intermediate stopping place

Synonyms

station, stop

Examples of way station in a Sentence

a way station for truck drivers

Recent Examples on the Web

The house became a gathering place for an indelible cultural moment, a way station for Andy Warhol, Terry Southern, Ike and Tina Turner, and Black Panthers.
— Mark Rozzo, The New Yorker, “Dennis Hopper’s Quiet Vision of Nineteen-Sixties Hollywood,” 22 Dec. 2019


In my way, I tried to make that definition of “way station” a way station (an intermediate stopping place) within today’s post.

I think it’s helpful, here and now, to think of every thing we experience — alone and together — as way stations on our way to where we are going.

Do you see any way stations in my photographs from yesterday?

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As I’m moving among way stations, I often listen to The Way Up by the Pat Metheny Group. Here’s one performance of The Way Up from the way station YouTube:

 

On your way today to other way stations, I hope you spend some time listening to The Way Up and also in the way station of the comments sections, below.

No matter what the way station, I am grateful to be there and grateful for YOU.

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Day 2757: Here and now, with all of it.

Here and now, I’m pointing out that the subtitle of this blog, The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, is “Here and now, with all of it.”

I’m doing two online Zoom meetings for my group psychotherapy organization this morning, and I’m going to do my best to be in the here and now, with all of it.

Why is it so difficult for us to be in the here and now, with all of it?

I could guess, but I’d rather be in the here and now, with all of these photos.

This music, which I shared in a recent post, has been helping me stay in the here and now, with all of it.

Here and now, all of your reactions are welcome.

Here and now, with all of my gratitude to YOU, until next time.

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Day 2756: Worrying about everything

Four hundred and twenty-eight days ago (don’t worry, I’m counting), I wrote a post titled “A Year of No Worry.” Recently, I reminded Michael about our shared pledge to not worry for a year, starting on April 10, 2019.  We laughed and noted how we had gone from worrying about nothing to worrying about everything.

Last night, Michael noticed that I was worrying about everything even harder than usual. So he told me he was making my favorite childhood comfort food, tuna noodle casserole, to help get me through the next few difficult days. (In case you’re worrying about tuna noodle casserole, I shall remind you that Michael is an accomplished chef.) Michael didn’t seem worried when I responded to his news by crying — he knows that kindness can make me cry (as well as cruelty).

Yes, I’m worrying about everything, including these recent photos.

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I can NOT go from worrying about everything to not caring about anything in a matter of seconds, but I’m actually not worrying about that.

Hmmmm. I guess I am not worrying about EVERYTHING.

Here’s Why We Worry All the Time and How to Cope, from The School of Life.

Once I heard that video quote Donald Winnicott, I stopped worrying about sharing that here. Here’s the quote:

The catastrophe you fear will happen has in fact already happened.

I’m worrying about how to share quotes from Marcus Aurelius, who governed during a terrible pandemic. Here‘s a good enough solution:

I’m worrying about how many quotes use “man” when they mean “human,” but I know they apply to women too.

I hope you’re not worrying about leaving a comment and I am NOT worrying about expressing my gratitude, here and now.

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Day 2754: Inner peace

I recently accessed inner peace by reading this article from whiteallytoolkit.com — Message to White Allies from a Black Anti-Racism Expert: You’re Doing it Wrong.”

While I peacefully and strongly recommend that you read that entire article, here is a portion of it:

Allyship Principle #2: Cultivate Mindful Courage

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” — Dalai Lama

“Anger or hatred is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.” — Dalai Lama

Do you see inner peace in my photos from yesterday?

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Here is “Inner Peace Music to Calm the Mind.”

Please feel free to share your thoughts about this “Inner Peace” post in a comment, below.

I also find inner peace by focusing on gratitude for all, including YOU.

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Day 2752: Working it

Since I recovered from COVID-19 in March, I’ve been working non-stop.

Yesterday, a hard-working friend texted me that I should take a vacation and I replied “What is this ‘vacation’ that you speak of?”

As foreign as the concept seems, I will be getting a vacation from work to spend time with my son, who has finished up his school work for the year in Scotland.

Now it’s time to work this post with photos that show different ways of working it.

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I had trouble working that dish by Michael into a recent post, so there it is, working it here and now.

There are several versions of the Beatles’ “We Can Work it Out” working it on YouTube, including here and here.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing our government working it better in future months and I’m looking forward to people working it in a comment, below.

As always, gratitude is working it in this blog.

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Day 2750: What’s on the horizon?

When you look ahead, what’s on the horizon?

Do you see

  • clouds?
  • darkness?
  • light?
  • hope?
  • despair?
  • change?
  • stagnation?
  • revolution?
  • evolution?
  • hate?
  • love?
  • indifference?
  • violence?
  • peace?
  • misunderstanding?
  • understanding?
  • wounds?
  • healing?
  • ruptures?
  • connection?

What’s on the horizon in this photo?

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Here‘s “Beyond the Horizon” with nice scenery on the horizon.

What’s on the horizon for comments about this post?

Gratitude is always on the horizon here.

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Day 2749: Cuts

As I’m taking my first cut at today’s daily blog post, I want to share this quote about cuts that cut through a lot of noise yesterday:

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Do you see any cuts in the other images I captured yesterday?

 

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Here‘s a cut from “Just for Laughs” with Margaret Cho:

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Feel free to take a cut at a creating a comment, below.

Let’s cut to the chase which, in this blog, is gratitude!

 

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Day 2748: Comfort and Discomfort

In my therapy groups, there are often discussions of opposites, like trust and distrust, love and hate (or indifference), hope and hopelessness, power and powerlessness, peace and war,  life and death, and — especially lately — comfort and discomfort.

Do you see any comfort and/or discomfort in today’s photos?

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Here‘s “Comfort” by Satchy.

I am comforted by the thought that you might leave a comment about comfort or discomfort.

Comfortable thanks to all, including YOU.

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