Yesterday, I was thinking about how terrified I’ve been over the last five years, starting with medical experts in May 2016 insisting I needed something that had terrified me for decades — open heart surgery. Terrified as I was, I survived that, only to encounter U.S. political developments that terrified the world as well as many personal losses.
Now that I’m feeling safer, I’m allowing myself to admit how terrified I really was, letting go of terror I’ve been holding, day by day.
Here are my images from yesterday, including photos of an often terrified cat.
Two days ago, my post was self-destructive. Today, I’m writing about self inoculation, which is effectively preparing yourself for troubles ahead.
Yesterday, in a therapy session when we were talking about self-hatred, people committed to each other that the next time they did, felt, or thought something that triggered self-hatred, they would take a deep breath and love (or at least LIKE) themselves instead. In essence, people were self inoculating against a known destructive response.
This morning, before I got on the scale, I self inoculated by saying this to myself: “No matter what that number is, I am going to welcome it. That number is not going to affect my self worth.”
Blogging, for me, is another example of self inoculation. With each daily post, I am preparing myself for troubles ahead — refreshing my resilience. That’s why blogging has been such a priority for me over the past eight years.
Do you see any examples of self inoculation in today’s images?
As The Daily Bitch shows us, sometimes the way we self inoculate might cause trouble for other people.
Why, I love this card that I saw yesterday in a hospital gift shop!
I love those reasons for why somebody loves somebody else. Here’s why I love that pie chart: it gives the most pie to “You Make Me Laugh.”
I also love the idea of making a pie chart of why you love yourself, because as RuPaul says at the end of every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race,
If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?
I love that video of the lovely and loving RuPaul advocating self-love over and over again, because it bears repeating. I also love that Denes Fernando‘s compilation video has unanimous love — NO thumbs down on YouTube, at this lovely moment.
Here are more reasons why I love taking pictures for this blog:
I love blogging and I love inviting you, here and now, to share why you love anything, anyone, and especially YOU.
the healing power of the compassion I’ve been experiencing from passionate friends, family members, and blog readers, and
the undeniable importance of compassion for human connection and growth.
Can you see compassion in any of my photos from yesterday?
I find it particularly difficult to experience and show compassion when I am in pain, afraid of the future, and disconnected from others. Thank goodness I have compassionate people in my life like Michael, who compassionately cooked me that delicious meal and Megan, who compassionately brought me the apple cake her compassionate husband, Paul, made for me.
It’s easy to feel compassion when you’re eating delicious apple cake with some compassionate ice cream.
Here‘s some music I found with compassion on YouTube:
Are you compassionate enough to leave behind a comment for this “Compassion” post?
Compassion and thanks to all who helped me create today’s compassionate and passionate post and to you — of course! — for having the compassion to visit me, here and now.