Anxiety is so unreasonable, at times. It didn’t want me to post today, but here I am, with a little help from my first two TToT. Anxiety doesn’t have to win every time.
1) I am thankful first of all for
Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwo’ole
for providing the world with a little happiness in the form of this video:
RIP IZ. The beauty and simplicity of music was not lost on you, buddy.
2) I am thankful for finding this Dr. Seuss photo quote while attempting to burn off anxiety, pre-post:
3) The Dr. Seuss photo quote reminds me of all the books Mom used to read to us growing up, and then, as we grew up, that we read to her. We were reading fools growing up. I remember carting huge stacks of books home from the library and devouring each one. To this day, myself, my sister, and my mom are all voracious readers. I honestly don’t think there is any greater or more life-changing gift you can give your child than the love of reading. Thank you for that, Madre. xoxo
4) On a related note, I am thankful to Shel Silverstein for bringing awesome books that were funny and ALSO meant something to young people all over. The man was a true literary genius, and if you have kids, they should
be reading these books. A couple of my favorites follow:
5) I am thankful for free farm-fresh eggs (thanks Mom and Big Dawg!). You can do so much with an egg, the possibilities are almost endless. Check out some great ideas here. We do a lot of scrambles with sausage or bacon and potatoes for dinner, egg salad, and the ever-popular egg sandwich on toast. Leave your favorite way to eat an egg in the comments!
6) I am thankful for learning (ever so slowly) how to give up control and just let things be. It is a constant practice, a continual embracing of willingness.
7) I am thankful for good health insurance. Without it, I would be unmedicated and DSB would be mired in severe debt, or dead. Likely dead, the way he refuses to go to the doctor when he DOES have insurance. I don’t think Obamacare was the answer for everyone, but I personally know a lot of people it greatly helped. Clearly, something is still broken when people are sick and can’t afford to go to the doctor, can’t afford the medicine to get well, the treatment to stay alive. What kind of society, what kind of government casts people off like that?
8) I am thankful for the Regina Spektor Pandora Radio station that I created almost five years ago. It has bloomed into something totally terrific. There is almost never a repeat and so much more interesting and new music has piled in on the phone. If you haven’t tried Pandora, I would highly suggest it. Who could resist songs like this?
9) I am thankful that getting into this post has almost totally resolved my anxiety. I have been trying to work through it this past week without using Klonopin, as I felt like I was letting my DBT skills get rusty by not using them, and using the Klonopin instead. So far, the results have been good. I’m not saying I’m never taking Klonopin again, because I will, I’m sure — I just don’t want to rely on it as my first choice.
10) I’m lastly greatful for TToT. I know it’s going to be there every week, and I look forward to it. I like writing it and I like reading everyone else’s. Feeling down and out? Participate — writing gratitude lists should be part of everyone’s therapy homework.
You can link up to TToT over at Considerings. She and the gang will be happy to come and give you a hello!