Blue worry

 

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How are you today?

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Uncomfortable. 

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Thought so.

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How could you tell?

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I’m a trained mental health professional.

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Also, you have a blue fish attached to your head.

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What the hell is that, anyway?

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A blue worry.

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A what?

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A worry that just sort of hangs around forever, nibbling on me.

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Never goes away?

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No.  Occasionally it stops nibbling, but it never goes away.

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Like a permanently angry pet.

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Something like that.

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And why is it nibbling on you today?

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I’m not sure, actually.  I can’t always tell.  I just know I feel nibbled on. 

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I see.  Did you know I was a group therapist?

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No.  So what?

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Someone once said that everyone enters group therapy with three secrets.

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What three secrets?

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A secret sense of inadequacy, a secret sense of alienation, and a sexual secret.

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Really?

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Yes.  Which means everyone secretly feels not good enough, different from everyone else, and ashamed of their sexuality.

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No shit?

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No shit.

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In other words, everyone….

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…feels constantly nibbled at by the same three blue worries.

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And you believe this?

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I suspect there’s truth to it, yes.

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* * *

Want more?

“Blue worry” describes secret reasons we occasionally feel lousy. 

Now read about secrets of a different sort.

No matter how much we earn, no matter how much we have in the bank, no matter how nice our clothing or cars or toys, none of it will make us happier. And the sad thing is that it could take us decades of pursuing wealth and luxury items before we realize this.

So what will bring us happiness? Luckily, it’s three things that don’t cost a thing. These three things have been proven by research — surveys of hundreds of thousands of people about what they have, what their lives are like, and how happy they are.

Here they are, the Three secrets to happiness.

By Leo Barbauta of Zen Habits.

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Forget about money. Don’t fret about youth. Acting happy is likely to make you happy.

There are happy people. Researchers at the National Institute on Aging found that well-being is strongly influenced by enduring characteristics of the individual. In a 10-year study, they found that, regardless of whether their marital status, job, or residence had changed, people with a happy disposition in 1973 were still happy in 1983. There’s good news in these findings: Given the right disposition, in the face of difficulty, people can still find renewed happiness.

What makes for a happy disposition? Who are these people who stay basically up despite life’s downs? There are four important traits of happy people:

Fr0m The Secrets of Happiness at Psychology Today.

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Life’s a piece of shit,

When you look at it.

Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true.

You’ll see it’s all a show,

Keep ’em laughing as you go.

Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

From Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. sung by Eric with the assistance of four opera singers, a full chorus, an orchestra and an audience filled with glo-sticks at the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences.

 

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So ahead, smile.  Just for the hell of it.

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One response to “Blue worry

  • jon

    Hey Bert great post today I really enjoyed the link to the 3 things that makes us happy and the 3rd one is the best “flow” and the 3 things we enter group with is interesting, makes me think

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