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Day 1954: Drowning

On Vivian the intern’s last day, I received this page at work.

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I assumed that page was from Vivian, drowning in all the tasks she needed to complete. And it was.  However, that page could have been from a lot of people, because many of us are drowning in tasks, work, obligations, news, politics, self-recrimination, violence, worry, guilt, and shame.

What do you do when you’re drowning?  Do you reach out, like Vivian?  How do you reach out?

I don’t worry about drowning in water, even though I can’t swim.  Being near water keeps me from drowning.  And so does blogging and taking photos, like these:

Here’s a live version of “Drowning in a Sea of Love” with Boz Scaggs and Donald Fagen.

I hope you don’t mind drowning in a sea of gratitude from me.

 

 

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Day 1711: You could be at work now

Yesterday, on my drive into work, I saw this sign:

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I know that sign was trying to sell me something, but I read that sign differently. I realized I could be at work now if

  • I had left much earlier or
  • I was working on other things, like solving world problems,  while I was sitting in traffic.

Actually, I AM at work now.  I’m working on this blog.  My thoughts, which go everywhere — into the past, the present, and the future — are at work, also.  Sometimes that thinking work is exhausting, especially when I get worked up.  I’m working on that.

Are you at work now?   You could be.

Let’s see if my latest photos work today.

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All those photos were taken at work except for one, which was taken on my way into work.  It doesn’t  take much work to notice those Slinkies at work in my office.  People at work bring me slinkies because I work hard at explaining that human progress is like a coil (including a slinky).  We work on similar problems over and over again,  seemingly going in circles. No matter how hard we work, it can feel like we’re not making progress. However, if we work on it, we’ll notice that we’re always moving up. Each time we work our way around over similar territory, we have more wisdom and knowledge.  It takes work to incorporate that wisdom, but I’m working on the belief that it’s possible.

If you want to work your way to another post about how human progress works which I worked on during the first week of this blog, that works here.

You could be at work now listening to this tune that I enjoyed on my way to work yesterday (which includes a reference to slinkies). I think Mark Winkler does nice work.

My cats are at work now

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… but neither of them plays piano. Yet.

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Maybe Oscar’s working on that.

You could be at work now on a comment, you know.

Working thanks to Mark Winkler, slinkies, cats, pianos, and humans, especially those who are working on reading this blog, here and now.

 

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Day 274: Sick day

I’m staying out of work today.

I don’t think it’s anything serious.

I’m sorry I can’t be at work today, which is a good sign, don’t you think?

The word “homesick” exists —  meaning missing being home — but there’s no such word, like “worksick,”  that means missing being at work.

Nevertheless, that is how I feel today.

To help myself feel better, I am going to post a photo of a painting that’s in my office.

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Better.

Thanks to painters everywhere, to people who are homesick or worksick, and to you, for reading today.

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Day 133: Maybe anxiety means that something really matters to you.

Maybe anxiety means that something really matters to you.

That is how I’m interpreting the anxiety I’m feeling this morning, as I prepare to return to work after a week’s vacation.

That is how I’m interpreting the anxiety I’ve felt at times, lately, about this beautiful city:

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Thanks for visiting here today, dear reader.

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Day 123: Transitions

Some people find it more challenging than others to change, to transition from one state to another. I know that’s true. I’ve also observed, in my many years on this planet, that change is challenging for all of us.

Here’s some proof that I’ve been here for a while:

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(Photo taken on Groundhog Day, 2/2/13).

The above is also proof that (1) I’m too busy and (2) I haven’t gotten used to switching from Windows to the World of Apple, since it took me so friggin’ long to get the pictures of my birthday party (taken by the wonderful Carol)  onto my computer.

I’m looking at that picture now, and realizing that it’s also proof that (1) I like chocolate, (2) the word “like” doesn’t even come close to approximating my feelings about chocolate, and (3) I like using exclamation points (to express joy).  I’m also remembering that I was soooo tired during that party (because — surprise! — I had trouble sleeping the night before) and so worried that I would lose track of those two candles I’d bought (I mean, I didn’t want to destroy that beautiful frosting with 61 candles, people!), that I made sure to put them in a safe place, so that I could easily retrieve them when I needed them, and then — of course! — I couldn’t find them when it was Cake Time.

But since the candles ARE in the picture, the picture is also proof of this:  I may get anxious from fear of making mistakes (especially when I’m tired) and I may lose things temporarily, but I usually find them in time (even if people have to wait a few minutes, which they probably don’t mind doing).

Wow!  I’m learning a lot, even now, just looking at that picture.

Of course, when I first started writing this post, I had another point in mind. (I pretty much always have another point in mind when I start writing a post.) The picture — which I’ve now riffed about for several paragraphs — was just some data for a claim I was making:  that I’ve lived long enough on this planet to have some wisdom and experience. (Using the photograph is also an illustration that I respect my son’s opinion, since he told me, after I published this pictorial essay, that I had finally reached my stride as a blogger.)  (That post my son likes?  I like it, too.)

Question to self:  So, Ann, what WAS your point, when you first starting writing this post, on this fine morning?

Answer: I am about to go on vacation for a week. And even a “good” transition like that — which I certainly am welcoming right now — is causing me some anxiety.

It helped me to name that anxiety, right now, dear reader.

So now, I can gather my wits, my breakfast, my other morning necessities, my headphones, my lunch, and my son and leave for work,  knowing that:

  1. I will do the best I can today,
  2. I will not be perfect in doing all the things I am supposed to do to prepare for this transition, and
  3. I will be doing well for myself  (and for other people), if I can remember # 1 and #2.

I mean, I may lose track of those truths — just like I lost track of the candles for my birthday cake — but I know now that I’ll find them again.

Thanks for reading, everybody.

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