Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mind Change Day 17: Awareness

One of the major cognitive restructuring repetitions I do is to tell myself I'm not special. Susan Elizabeth Phillips says this, quoting (I think) Chuck Palahniak from Fight Club:
"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else."
This helps me, quite a bit. Also another couple of CP quotes:

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” (Invisible Monsters)

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.” 
So: have perspective, take risks, and appreciate what you have right in front of you.

In the spirit of Chuck's wisdom, I bring you some of the beauty I was aware of visually today as part of my MBS reprogramming for postconcussive syndrome. I had a good day, doing nice stuff with two of my daughters and doing it relatively okay (they would disagree but they were impatient teens. I discount their complaints). This is part of Stage Three, Environmental Awareness (aka mindfulness). Here we go...

a hallway in List Art Center where anyone can paint anything. 

I loved this artwork but only really got a (lovely) peek

Red and green trees, like Christmas :)

Old and new-fashioned bike racks :)

The Atheneum in Providence. Just a regular city library ;).

Nice arch.

Girls saying "Come on, Mom...."

Good Day, Sunshine

Golden. Delicious. 

Apple Picking in Smithfield

Cold Storage. I guess that the advice for apples. 

Last Mums

Gargoyle Jack o-lantern. Last year we saw different ones at Waterfire.

Movie Scenes (Sound of Music Jack o'lantern
The Grand Finale at Roger Williams Zoo.

And as one bonus awareness, my toes lost sensation walking through the 44 degree cold for a couple hours but in the dark everyone's bumping into each other and making all kinds of faux pas. My kind of people and night ;). 

Love Providence.

Love, Lisa

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