Posts Tagged With: W.H. Auden

Day 2696: The Age of Anxiety

Yesterday, during what felt like an age of anxiety on Easter 2020 at a Boston Whole Foods Market,  I noticed this magazine in a check-out line:

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I’m pretty sure that magazine came out before COVID-19 anxiety, which is aging all of us. During any age of anxiety, it helps to know that you are not alone, as that magazine cover reminds us.

Do you see evidence of the age of anxiety in the other images I captured yesterday?

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I’ve been experiencing an age of anxiety because my INR has not been within range for TWO MONTHS (partly because of my having COVID-19 and taking antibiotics for suspected pneumonia), until yesterday.

I celebrated my INR being in range with …

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… chocolate bunnies (on sale)!

Here‘s a post I wrote, during a different age, about how to reduce anxiety (which can multiply as quickly as bunnies).

Do any of my photos, above, reduce your anxiety?  This is my favorite anxiety-reducing photo from today’s post:

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That neighborhood cat seems to be doing okay during this age of anxiety.

Here is The Age of Anxiety (Symphony #2) written by Leonard Bernstein in 1949, inspired by the 1947 W.H. Auden poem The Age of Anxiety:

There have been many ages of anxiety throughout our evolutionary transitions. How are you getting through this one?

As always, I’m getting through this age of anxiety with gratitude.

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Day 2285: 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?

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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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