Posts Tagged With: Stanley Clarke

Day 3011: What would you like to clear from your system?

Yesterday, on Twitter and Facebook, I got this out of my system:

Responses included

  • worrying,
  • anxiety,
  • guilt,
  • perfectionism,
  • panicking,
  • urgency,
  • uncertainty,
  • repression,
  • resentment,
  • too much busyness, and
  • my own prejudices.

Every day, I clear those from my system by blogging first thing in the morning.

Now I’m going to clear images from my iPhone system by sharing them with you.

Decades ago, when I was dealing with upsetting medical news about my very unusual heart, I went to a percussion class and cleared fear, anger, resentment, panicking, uncertainty, and worry from my system by wildly drumming along to “The Dancer” by Stanley Clarke.

If you want to clear unexpressed thoughts or feelings from your system, you can do so in the comments section, below.

As always, I’ve got a lot of gratitude in my system.

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Day 2895: Ways to cope with people who drive you mad

I don’t know about you, but people are driving me mad these days, including:

  • anti-maskers,
  • election deniers,
  • conspiracy theorists,
  • white supremacists,
  • all who abuse power, and
  • many others too numerous to mention.

I don’t like being mad, so I just googled “people who drive you mad” and found this quote:

” People can’t drive you mad unless you give them the keys.”

Also, I found this 2014 online article “4 Ways to Cope With the People Who Drive You Mad” by Thomas G. Plante at psychologytoday.com. Far fewer people were driving me mad in 2014 than are driving me mad today, but Dr. Plante’s suggestions might still be helpful:

  1. Maintain realistic expectations.
  2. While you can’t control the behaviors of others, you can control your responses to it.
  3. Let go, while keeping the big picture in mind.
  4. Ask yourself if you’re just being too demanding.

If it’s driving you mad that I’m not giving more details about those four ways to cope, you can find the full article here.

Can you find any people who drive you mad in these recent images?

Many people drive Harley mad, and there he is maintaining realistic expectations and controlling his responses to the behaviors of others.

Did it drive you mad to notice that my top song of the year, according to Spotify, was “School Days” by Stanley Clarke, during a year when school days drove people mad?

It could drive me mad that I don’t agree with Spotify that “School Days” was my most played song of 2020, but I am not going to give Spotify the keys.

What are your ways to cope with people who drive you mad?

One of my ways to cope is to focus on gratitude, so thanks to all people and cats who helped me create today’s post, including YOU.

Categories: 2020 U.S. Presidential election, life during the pandemic, Music, personal growth, photojournalism | Tags: , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

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