Greetings and happy Friday!
PICTURE LINE UP:
I would totally agree! This title caught my eye and couldn’t resist putting it in today. And, yes, pic of book is upside down on purpose. Ha!
Shadow play – on my 3 mile walk today
Little tiny peek-a-boo rainbow on my wall! Happiness
Cool thing about the framed picture — My great Aunt Beth went to the Louvre Museum (France) and gifted me this poster years ago – as in many years ago. I had it framed and it lives with me on one of my walls. Early Picasso…
Well – got a little involuntary garden action going on in my kitchen.
Dear Annie – she’s so centered with her thoughts.
Recipe – let’s make a killer hot sandwich, shall we?
5 songs to listen to – hope you have time…
As always, I am so grateful that you’re here hanging out today!
ON WHICH TOPIC DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN EXPERT?
BY ANNIE LANE
IS IT TOO LATE TO NOW SAY SORRY?
I’ve noticed that you often, if not always, tell your readers to try counseling. I thought it might be helpful if your readers heard from a believer.
I spent some time in counseling during the late stages of my marriage and the early stages of my divorce. The best part of counseling for me was that no matter what I told my therapist, I knew she had heard worse from someone else, so I wasn’t embarrassed to tell her everything she needed to know to help me. She was not invested in my real life, so she wasn’t predisposed to picking sides, like what happens when you vent to a family member. You can tell them everything. She listened and walked me through the process of accepting my faults and encouraging and cheering me on when I made good choices.
Sadly, as it sometimes happens, she left the practice that accepts my insurance. I was scheduled with a new therapist, but I didn’t like her, so they moved me to another therapist. I didn’t realize switching was an option if I didn’t click with my appointed therapist. I kept changing until I found one I was comfortable with. I’m sure there are others who don’t know they can change either. When I eventually stopped going to counseling, I took the basic tools I learned with me — coping skills, grounding techniques, the knowledge that sometimes I need to make myself get off the couch but sometimes it is OK to cry. My time in counseling was short. The list of basic tools I took away from it is endless. — A Believer
Thank you for your perspective. Oftentimes, people expect counseling to be an automatic cure-all, and they are disappointed when they don’t have immediate “breakthroughs.” As you say in your letter, sometimes it takes a hefty amount of work to even find the right therapist. Once that happens, it takes even more work to identify your obstacles and build the skills to cope with them.
My message to readers is to push through that frustration. If you want to make a change, you will have to put in the work. The payoff will be priceless.
This hot melt sandwich was a big winner with customers at Hippie Cowboy. If you have a panini machine – awesome. If not, do it grilled cheese style in a skillet. Will be wonderful either way!
- Thinly sliced deli ham
- Crispy cooked bacon
- Swiss Cheese
- Cream Cheese, softened (room temp sort of thing)
- BBQ sauce of choice
- Thinly sliced red onion
- Thin sliced, ripe tomato
- Good quality artisan sourdough bread (or you choose what you like best)
Gently spread cream cheese on both slices of your bread
- Add Mayo on one half
- Place deli ham on one half
- And the cooked bacon
- And the Swiss cheese
- Squirt on a little (or a lot – preference) BBQ sauce
- And thinly sliced red onion
- And tomato slices
Panini it or toast in a skillet
When toasted to perfection – take sandwich out and add a slice of lettuce.
Close sandwich. Cut in half. Serve with a handful of favorite chips.