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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sanguine Sunday Strikes Again

Had to take yesterday to recover from Friday, heh. One of my support people (my primary support person at the moment, really - the only one who I have consistently managed to stay in contact with since seeing my father) has accepted a new job.

Anyway, it's still the weekend, so posting today counts as on track enough for me. ;)

Success Stories:
It may not be much since it's only a single form of SI, but at least I can say that I haven't burnt since my birthday.
I reached out when I was doing particularly badly.
I did some more work on a creative goal.
I allowed myself a space to allow criticism without being bowled over by it.

Gratitudes/Happy Things:
Knowing that my writing is appreciated.

Challenge and cheer-leading statements:
I don't have to be perfect to be cared about.
This is not a personal rejection, it says nothing about me.
This is an opportunity to practice patience and acceptance of myself, as well as the chance to develop my observe-describe-nonjudgement skills.
Comparison with others will only tell me who I am not - it will not help me know who I am.

Shoot me the link if you post up any version of Sanguine Saturday (any day, any format, as long as it's positive-focused!) and don't forget to check out this week's list of Sanguine Saturday versions:
Jennifer of Magnificasti Mirabilia: created/on my needles -- the sweater obsession edition
Sairs of This Lunatic Express: Positives
Lua of Almost Positive: Weekend Positivity
River of My Verse: Great Things: Things That Amuse Me Edition

And before I go today, I'm going to leave you all with a quote from Albert Einstein that I found earlier this week, which fits with my "I'm not stupid" theme of the last few weeks.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Take care of yourselves until next time, and may we all find our own small fences along the way.


  1. I am always touched by your challenge and cheer-leading statements. This is my favorite one this week, "Comparison with others will only tell me who I am not - it will not help me know who I am."

    Not burning since your birthday.....that is huge. Celebrate every bit of milestone when it comes to avoiding SI.

    Love that Einstein quote. Brilliant.

  2. Thank you, Tracie! I'm so glad that you like my cheer-leading/challenge statements. They've been really helpful for me, even if sometimes I forget to put as much emphasis on them as I 'should'! Your favourite this week has been in the back of my mind for a little while, ever since a discussion I was having with a friend of mine who asked how tall I was (and was a little upset to get an answer of "well, I'm a little bit shorter than another friend...) - isn't it funny the things that spark off challenges like that?

    As for avoiding SI, yes, it is always good! I think I'm a little wary of putting too much emphasis on it though because I haven't been avoiding SI in general, I've just been avoiding that particular form. That said, burning is probably the most obviously destructive thing I do and far better to SI in minor ways 6 days out of 7 than in a more major way just once, I think.

    Regarding the quote, it certainly is brilliant, isn't it? I can't even remember where I saw it but it called out to me then and stayed in my mind ever since. I knew I 'had' to include it this week. :)

    Anyway, thanks for your comments, I hope you're having a lovely week!

  3. I love your quote! I hadn't heard it before and will remember it. I also always your posts :)

  4. "It may not be much since it's only a single form of SI.."

    i've noticed you have a tendency (and this is just this week's example, it's a running theme on sanguine saturdays) to minimalize and/or mitigate your successes and cheerleading statements. i wonder what it would feel like if one saturday you went strictly positive?

  5. Your writing is most certainly appreciated, in all of its wonderful forms!

  6. Just returning to blogging and look forward to reading your blog again! Seeing your "Sanguine Saturday" post just made me smile and has inspired me to get back on the band wagon so to speak. Feel free to check out my new blog: *hugs* :)