Posts Tagged With: Mark Twain

Day 3305: Projection

Projection, in psychology, is when people ascribe their own thoughts onto others.

My projection is that you might want some definition of “projection,” here and now.

That second definition describes projection as a behavior rather than as thoughts, which reflects people’s thinking that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interrelated.

I think there is a lot of projection going on these days, making it difficult for us to understand other people’s differing opinions and choices. I think the best we can do is to be aware of our own projections, so we can leave room for the fullness and complexity of other beings.

Do you see projection in any of my images for today?


In honor of National Thesaurus Day, here are synonyms for “projection.”


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

My final projection of this blog post is to assume that others are grateful, every day, for wonderful people like YOU.

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Day 2904: A moment for empathy

When I took a moment this morning for considering the topic of today’s blog post, I remembered a moment for empathy evoked by George Takei in his recent Twitter thread, as follows:

Speaking for myself and other empathic people I encounter in my groups and elsewhere, many of us are struggling to find our usual moments for empathy. People feel so angry, exhausted, frightened, anxious, sad, lost, isolated, helpless, and/or betrayed, that we need to re-commit, over and over again, to moments for empathy.

Are there moments for empathy in my recent photos?

Honk if you can find a moment for empathy among all the bullshit.

Here is George Takei finding many moments for empathy in his TED talk “Why I love a country that once betrayed me.”

Here’s one comment in response to George Takei’s momentous, empathic talk:

Patriotism is supporting your county all the time and your government when it deserves it.

Mark Twain

Let’s take a moment for another comment about George Takei’s moments for empathy:

I’m a pretty jaded guy. not much get to me. but man that story hit me right in the feels.

I am so grateful for people who can find a moment for empathy, here and now, including YOU.

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Day 2586: What are the chances?

What are the chances that

  • I’d still be blogging daily after seven chance-filled years,
  • I’ve never used the word “chance” or “chances” in a title before, and
  • two photos I took yesterday had to do with chances?



What are the chances that there are at least  two timely quotes about chances from Mark Twain?

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

What are the chances of anybody understanding the meaning of this button, which I found on the floor of my car?


What are the chances of anybody being able to read this blurry photo?


What are the chances of there being a cat in today’s blog?


What are the chances of there being a dog in today’s blog?


What are the chances that traffic is going to suck in Boston today?


What are the chances that somebody would give somebody they love this t-shirt as gift?


What are the chances that there are several  “Chances Are” songs (here, here, here, and here on YouTube)?

What are the chances that I knew about only one of those songs before today?

What are the chances that you’re going to comment about this post?

Finally, what are the chances that I’ll end this post with gratitude?



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Day 2249: Differences

As I am experiencing differences between Los Angeles and Boston and exploring similarities and differences at a group therapy conference, do you notice any differences in today’s post?












Here are some quotes about differences:

One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis for all human knowledge. — Alfred Nobel

The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for differences. — Ruth Benedict

I refuse to let any man-made differences separate me from any other human beings. — Maya Angelou

Stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defenses and all our differences. — Kate Forsyth

If you don’t acknowledge differences, it’s as bad as stereotyping or reducing someone. — Aasif Mandvi

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde

We don’t need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables — the lettuce,  the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers — to maintain their identity.  You appreciate the differences. — Jane Elliot

Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.  — William Butler Yeats

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. —  Swami Vivekenanda

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. — Marian Wright Edelman

Embrace your differences and the qualities about you that you think are weird. Eventually, they’re going to be the only things separating you from everyone else. — Sebastian Stan

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality. — W.H. Auden

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives. — Mark Twain

What are your different thoughts and feelings about differences?

Here‘s a song about differences that I think about on many different days:


Thanks to all who make a difference, including YOU.





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Day 1668: Denial

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt,” wrote Mark TwainHere are other undeniable quotes about denial:

It’s not denial.  I’m just selective about the reality I accept.  — Bill Watterson

In one way, I suppose, I have been “in denial” for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding it often gives a lovely light. — Christopher Hitchens

I feel that as you’re long as you’re honest, you have the opportunity to grow. It’s when you shut down, go into denial, and try to start hiding things from yourself and others, that’s when you lock into certain behaviors and attitudes that keep you stuck. — Tracy McMillan

I have a very highly developed sense of denial.  — Gwyneth Paltrow

I have a very highly developed sense of denial, too — that’s why it’s taken me so long to write today’s post.  My iPhone camera, my laptop, and WordPress keep denying each other access and I’m almost in complete denial about that. I’ve had to restart my computer many times to load this photo about denial:


Since we’ve moved a week ago, I’ve been going in and out of denial about all the preparations needed to make this house a home. That reminds me of this quote from Melody Beattie:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast …


… a house into a home,





… a stranger into a friend.




That’s Scott — one of many service people visiting our new home these days — taking a picture of Oscar to send to his girlfriend. There’s no denying that we’re all cat people around here.

Since gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, here’s undeniable gratitude to all who helped me create this post. And there’s no denying my gratitude to you, my readers.


For those of you who think I’m in denial about including a relevant YouTube video, here‘s one for you:


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