Posts Tagged With: making room

Day 1079: Trash

Here are my first associations with “trash” this morning:

  1. In order to make room on my hard drive, I am trashing many things which do not stay trashed until I empty trash many times.
  2. My boyfriend Michael, almost every trash day, wonders why taking out the trash can feel so arduous.
  3. He who steals my purse steals trash.” — William Shakespeare
  4. One person’s trash is another person’s valuables.
  5. Every time I write something (including each daily blog post), I am deciding what to keep and what to trash.
  6. In my work as a psychotherapist, I help others trash unhelpful and habitual ways of thinking which are difficult to trash (like the trash described in #1, above).

What are your associations with the word “trash”?

Should I have trashed any of these recent photos and why?

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I would never consider any comment from you trash. And remember, only you can decide what is valuable and what is trash, in your life.

Valuable thanks to all who helped me create this trashy post and special thanks to you — of course! — for reading it.

 

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Day 1047: Room

I hope you have room for some roomy associations with “room” today.

I’m leaving room to tell you that I’ve written three previous posts about “room” — here, here, and here. Perhaps you’ll have room in your day to read them.

Yesterday, in two separate rooms at work, there was room for me to facilitate group therapy.  In every therapy group, no matter what room it’s in, I always make room for a mindfulness exercise. In the first group, people asked to focus on something they noticed in that room:

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After the mindfulness exercise, we had room to talk about the idiom “Elephant in the Room.”

I shall now make room for a definition of “Elephant in the Room.”

an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

Later, we made room to express roomy thoughts, feelings, or images about this roomy topic:

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I had room, in that group room, to write and share that one of my core values is making room for myself and others to grow and learn.

Before I  ended the group in that room, I asked if there were any elephants in the room. I hope people felt room to be honest when they all said there were no elephants in the room, besides the little origami one.

Later, in another group room, I asked people to mindfully look up and focus on the ceiling in that room. I had room to share that, when I was a kid, I would look up at ceilings and imagine that the ceiling was the floor, leaving me room to visualize walking on it.  There was also room for me to mention a movie where Fred Astaire dances on the floor, the walls, and the ceiling,  in a room that revolves:

I had room in my head for that wonderful dancing memory in that room, last night, because I knew that tonight I’d be going to see “So You Think You Can Dance” in a great room in downtown Boston.

I assume I’ll have room in tomorrow’s post to write about that.

I shall now make room  for other photos I had room to store on my iPhone, yesterday:

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Speaking of storage room, I’ve been getting a message that my laptop hard drive is running out of room.

Everywhere in my life, I’m making room for the philosophy in this book about decluttering rooms:

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Make room for the important things in your life by throwing away everything you do not love.

I hope you know there’s room for any thoughts or feelings you have about this roomy post, below.

There’s always room for gratitude, so thanks to  therapy groups, people who leave room for dancing, Fred AstaireMarie Kondo, the driver who left room for that “I love science” bumper sticker, everybody who had room for Mama’s vegetable soup at work, those who celebrate Diwali, elephants everywhere, and you — of course!  — for making room, here and now.

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Day 333: Leaving room

Much to my surprise, I haven’t used this title for a post before.

Why am I surprised?  Because “leaving room” is something very important to me.

I think it’s important to leave room for:

  • People’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  • The possibility of change.
  • The messiness of life.
  • Our wishes to control all of the above (even when we can’t).

I think it’s important to leave room for all of it.*

In this post, I’m trying to leave room for my experience and for yours, too.

Question: I wonder how I am doing?

Answer: I think I’m doing well enough, so far.

Before I end, I would like to include an image.  Or perhaps a sound bite.

It’s wonderful to engage different senses, isn’t it?

Checking my iPhone for photos that might fit the bill ….

Aha!

On our way to a family get-together yesterday, we saw these, crossing the road (to get to the other side):

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Can you see what those are? Maybe not. Especially since my introduction to the photo was misleading.**

If you couldn’t tell, here’s a closer shot:

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Yes, indeed.

It was wonderful to make room for turkeys, especially on Thanksgiving Day in the USA, 2013.

Thanks for making room for all of it, today.

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* Including many things that didn’t make the list today.

** In case you don’t know the joke, here it is:

Question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Answer: To get to the other side.

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