I’m not smiling today because
- the news sucks,
- I’m overwhelmed at work,
- difficult people are being difficult (surprise!),
- the coronavirus epidemic is raging,
- the U.S. President is raging,
- disenfranchised people are raging, apparently to little avail,
- I’m raging,
- injustice seems out of control,
- chaos seems to be winning,
- bureaucracies, including the IRS, are even more impossible to negotiate, and
- many people I love are not smiling, either.
What does the smiling Daily Bitch have to offer us today?
I’m also not smiling because I had NO TIME to walk yesterday, so here are the only other photos I have to offer:
Even watching the Match Game last night with Michael, Aaron, and Harley couldn’t make me smile.
I am now going to search YouTube for something that will make me smile.
I’m still not smiling. Here’s “Making Strangers Happy (Guaranteed to Make You Smile):
Are you smiling? How about this:
Sometimes, you have to move through the tears to get to the smiles.
It makes me smile to express my gratitude to Stephen Colbert, Mustafa Hussain, Herb Alpert, and everyone else who helps me create these daily posts, including YOU.
Categories: 2020 U.S. Presidential election, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism
Tags: "Smile", gratitude, Herb Alpert, Joe Biden campaign ad, Match Game, Mexican lasagna, Mustafa Hussain, Stephen Colbert
When you’ve written as many blog posts as I have about so many different types of details, it’s inevitable that some details repeat.
In case you want details about why details are appearing again in The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, check out the details in this photo:
Here are more details from my walk last night:
The details look different at night, don’t they? Here are some details from earlier in the day:
Here’s a detail I should have included in yesterday’s post, More Smiles:
Here’s “Details” by Maisie Peters, with lyric details.
This song by Maisie Peters belonged in yesterday’s post, too:
I look forward to the details in your comments, below.
No matter what the details, I’m grateful for another day with you!
I published this post forgetting to share the details of today’s Daily Bitch Calendar:
Categories: life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism
Tags: "Smile", Baked Ziti on Steel Plate, details, gratitude, Maisie Peters, Police Detail, The Daily Bitch Calendar, The First Church of Squantum (Congregational), the South Shore of Boston, Yogi Tea
I wonder how many smiles appear when the latest post of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally shows up (even when it’s late, like today)?
In a Coping and Healing telehealth group today, the mindfulness exercise was focusing on smiles. We talked about how even a fake smile can get endorphins going and improve somebody’s mood.
Smiles are particularly difficult to come by these days because of
- loss, and
How many smiles can you find in these recent photos?
You may need to click on some of those smaller photos to look for smiles, but smiles are always worth looking for.
Here‘s a song about smiles:
I’ll smile if you leave a comment and I hope gratitude makes you smile.
Categories: group therapy, life during the pandemic, personal growth, photojournalism
Tags: "Smile", coping and healing groups, endorphins, gratitude, Nat King Cole, PetSmart, The Daily Bitch Calendar, the South Shore of Boston
Even when there are many reasons not to smile, studies show that consciously putting a smile on your face can improve your mood.
I’ve got a smile on my face, right now, because I easily found that article which supports my opening sentence about why we should smile even when we don’t feel like it.
When I smile and when I see other people smile, I feel better.
However, when people tell me to smile, I don’t feel like it. I smile when I choose to, people.
Any smiles in my photos from yesterday?
Even though I was tired yesterday, Vivian the social work intern made me smile with the Google art app and her do-it-yourself fortune.
I smile when I listen to Take 6 sing “Smile.”
A grateful smile for all who helped me create today’s “Smile” post and — of course! — for YOU.
Categories: personal growth, photojournalism, Psychotherapy
Tags: "Smile", all you need in life, Charles Floyd, do it yourself fortune, Forbes Magazine, Google art app, smiles and mood, Take 6, what makes you smile, when people tell you to smile
My balanced intention, this morning, is to create a blog post with balance.
I wish to balance
- light and dark,
- courage and fear,
- joy and sadness,
- reality and dreams,
- rest and movement,
- routine and spontaneity,
- solutions and problems,
- contentment and exploration,
- active and passive,
- structure and play,
- caring and not caring,
- my needs and the needs of others,
- yin and yang,
- beginner’s mind and hard-won wisdom,
- thoughts and feelings,
- facts and intuition,
- social connections and time alone,
- health and illness,
- the past and the future,
- the here and the now,
- talking and listening,
- awareness and distraction,
- the new and the familiar,
- engagement and escape,
- sense and nonsense,
- patience and impatience,
- humor and seriousness,
- the important and the trivial,
- work and time off,
- sweet and sour,
- trust and caution,
- trying and letting go,
- noise and silence,
- sun and clouds,
- day and night,
- comfort and discomfort,
- hot and cold,
- so on and etc.
That’s a lot to balance! Let’s see if my photos from yesterday will help.
What would you choose to balance in your life?
Here‘s my favorite singing group — Take 6 — in Paris, balancing their beautiful voices in a song balancing smiles and sadness:
I’m balancing that performance of “Smile” with a differently balanced one from Take 6’s live album Tonight (balancing here on YouTube):
I hope you balance my thoughts and feelings about balance with yours, in a comment below.
I feel more balanced when I express gratitude. Thanks to all those who helped me create this balanced and balancing post and to you — of course! — for the balance you bring, here and now.