Posts Tagged With: Idina Menzel

Day 2757: What’s the title of this post?

Over my many years of blogging, I’ve created other posts with titles similar to today’s (including this, this, and this).

Today’s post could be titled Day 2957: Packed With Kindness

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…  Day 2757: Party Animals

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Day 2757: Anticipatory Grief …

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Day 2757: Celebrate Everyday Moments

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Day 2757: Stronger Together

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Day 2794: You’re probably going to regret a lot of things …

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… or Day 2757: No Day But Today.

What do you think the title of this post is?

Of course, all my posts could be titled  Day ___: Thanks.  So, thanks to our amazing kitty Oscar, party animals, The Daily Bitch Calendar, Stop & Shop, Hallmark Cards, Idina Menzel,  Dr. Seuss, Jane Austen,  and YOU (no matter what your title is).

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Day 529: Closer (with feeling)

On my way to and from work yesterday, I saw things that revealed more, when I looked closer.

For example …

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and then closer:

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and then closer:

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and then closer:

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and then closer:

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At work,  I encountered some other surprises.  For example, the hospital was giving out little bags of Cracker Jack.  And there was a surprise inside.

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I didn’t try to guess what the surprise was; I just opened it:

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I had no expectations about what the surprise should be, but I recognized this was NOT a great prize, for my location.  Wrong baseball team AND wrong side of the country!

I had some other disappointments during the day.   For example, one person told me that another person had said “ungracious” things behind my back.

What might you do, in that situation?

Here’s what I did.

  1. I felt hurt. Then I looked closer.
  2. Based on past experiences, I was not surprised. Then I looked closer.
  3. I felt anger. Then I looked closer.
  4. I considered options of action. Then I looked closer.
  5. I realized the situation and the person involved could NOT really hurt me, in any way.

I still held some hurt and anger, though.

As I was walking away from work, this song came on:

(here, on YouTube)

And, as I discovered earlier during this blogging journey, when I direct strong feelings into an expression of music:

  • I express — rather than repress– the emotion more fully, letting it flow through me, and
  • I sing the sh*t out of a song.

I love giving loud, proud voice to my feelings, these days.  And nobody seems to mind, especially those who are close.

That includes this guy, yesterday, on my walking-and-singing way:

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Thanks to that interested and non-flinching bunny, to Idina Menzel*, to those who look closer, to people who do their best expressing (or receiving) emotions effectively, to everybody who sings out, and to you — OF COURSE! — for getting this close, today.


* Idina Menzel sings “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” from Wicked  John Travolta wasn’t even close, when he said her name at the Oscars this year.

** If you look closer at the links today, you might find some treasures.

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