Posts Tagged With: proverbs

Day 3084: My mind

Today’s blog is brought to you by my mind and by The Daily Bitch Calendar.

Yesterday, my mind tried to set Twitter on fire with flying thoughts about popular proverbs and other matters:

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My mind was very occupied facilitating two Coping and Healing therapy groups yesterday, so I hope you don’t mind that I have only three photos of the outdoors to share today.

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There are usually songs going through my mind and I’m noticing that there are lots of songs with “mind” in the title. Here, according to ranker.com, is #1:

My mind went to “Georgia on my Mind” which was #43 on ranker.com’s list, which blows my mind!

My mind will answer any comments your mind leaves, below.

My mind, as always, is filled with gratitude, so thanks to all the minds that help me pull these blog posts out of my mind every day, including yours!

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Day 140: We cannot control other people

Duh.  Isn’t that obvious?  We can’t control what other people do — to themselves, to us, to the rest of the world.

However, we can be clear about how their actions affect us.

We can also let them know how we feel about it. And we can control what we do , in response to their actions.

This applies on a personal level.

Let’s say that an adult, whom I love, has a toothache. This person has had toothaches before and — for lots of reasons — has not gone to the dentist.

While I think it’s a great idea for that person to go to the dentist, it’s not my tooth. It’s not my pain.

The best I can do is this:  tell the person that it bothers me to see them in pain. Let them know I’m eager to talk about what might be getting in the way of them seeing the dentist.  Find out and offer information that might be helpful.

And then step back.

As they say, you can lead a horse to the dentist, but you can’t make it sit in the chair.

(Depending upon where you live, that previous sentence might make NO sense. If that applies to you, the original saying is “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.” See here for more about that English language proverb.) (I am not, at this writing, aware of any real proverbs involving dentists.)

That concludes today’s post, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you, so much, for bringing yourself here.

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