That Went Well:
A daily writing exercise in appreciating life's positives
( Sunday, 2014.10.05 )
1. That Went Well: Coffee at the Black Drop
Reason: A beautiful sunny day in Cascadia, and I had absolutely nothing to do. Went down to the Black Drop to read a new book: "Stonewall" by Martin Duberman. It's been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and I promised myself I would get around to reading it someday. Today is someday. Got to use the new reading glasses for the first time.
Also chatted with Greg, and listened to Jacks play the guitar.
20 minutes before close, I asked for one last drip coffee refill, but they had already run out of drip! So they gave me a free Americano, instead. Aren't they the best?
And as I sat at the sidewalk chairs, reading my book, I heard someone yell, "Great facial hair!"
Why thank you, random dude driving by in a van! You made my day better.
2. That Went Well: Walked to Cornwall Park and back
Reason: Resisted the urge to sit in front of the computer all day on such a beautiful day, and went for a walk.
I had an insight as I got ready: I realized I was listening to my "Wise Mind" (DBT usage) when I made that decision, I had found that place in myself I have been looking for ever since my last therapist, Stephanie, asked me several months ago to imagine what my Wise Mind looks like. Not my intellectual mind, where I usually live. And I've rarely in my life been able to control my emotional behavior with my intellectual mind before this moment. This was a place of maturity, where the intellect's knowledge of what behaviors would be beneficial to me are not thwarted by the stubborn emotional side's veto power. This feels like a breakthrough, of sorts. Can't wait to tell my therapist, and DBT group.
Just sort of walked in random directions, until I ended up at Cornwall Park, before turning back. Only 8700 steps today, according to my droid's pedometer app, not quite my 10,000 step goal, but I am pleased at the effort. I got out there and did it anyway.
Wise Mind indeed.
3. That Went Well: Made homemade hummus for dinner!
Reason: I had all of the ingredients: A can of chick peas, lemons, tahini, olive oil, salt, and a blender. Even had wheat thins to dip with!
I've tried making hummus with my stick blender before, but I didn't have tahini or lemon juice last time, and it wasn't very smooth. The tahini and lemon juice made all the difference. I ended up eating the whole thing for dinner. Soooooo good!
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Bellingham, WA, USA