Share Your World: 2016 Week 37

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 15 2016

Category: Uncategorized


Time again for the Share Your World prompt from Cee’s Photography.

Here are Cee’s questions for the week:

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewerly?

Not a pet rock, though I am a product of the 70’s, so I certainly remember the phase of Pet Rocks:

Product shot of Pet Rock, fad from mid-1970s, displayed w. its own carrying case. (Photo by Al Freni//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Product shot of Pet Rock, fad from mid-1970s, displayed w. its own carrying case. (Photo by Al Freni//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Invisible Dogs:


Mood Rings:


and Chia Pets:


However, we do collect rocks, to a degree.  We will usually bring back a unique or especially pretty rock from a trip to a river, the mountains, or anywhere else we may spot one.

What is your greatest strength or weakness?

I think my greatest strength and my greatest weakness may be one in the same: empathy.  It’s extremely beneficial to have innate empathy, especially in my line of work.  It allows me to connect with my patients on a somewhat emotional level.  That builds trust, and they can feel that I care.  They aren’t just a number to me.

Conversely though, it’s very difficult for me to “turn off” once I’m off the clock.  Hard to not bring it home, where I already have enough things to worry about.  On top of that, it’s led to me being taken advantage of, or being seen as naive or weak or an easy mark, for years, long before becoming an OT, including a romantic relationship years ago.  So it’s not always rainbows and butterflies being empathetic to a fault.  I’ve referred to it as being a curse at times, and has led to disappointment more than once.

What makes you feel grounded?

Simple: my wife


my boys


and my friends


Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food?

This is tough.  But given the option, I’d give up warm food.  It’d be a major adjustment, but I believe I could survive on salad, cheeses, breads, and, of course, cereal!  😃


Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my father-in-law finally got some answers and a partial, yet vital, resolution to some health concerns.

In the coming week, I’ll be grateful for the safe return home of my wife.  She left yesterday afternoon to drive to Apalach.  She wanted to be there when her dad returned home from the hospital.  Even though she’s no longer a nurse, she’s still quite capable of acting as one.  I swear, she must have a photographic memory or something because even though she’s not been a floor nurse in over 15 years, she can still explain how any system works, how the illness may affect those systems, and describe the likely scenarios and treatments.  She’s kinda handy to have around with three rowdy boys in the house.  😃


My songs of the day are:

“Worry” by Jack Garrett

“Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White

“Applesauce” by Animal Collective

“The Lemon Song” by Led Zeppelin

“Big Cheese” by Nirvana

“Glass Onion” by The Beatles

“Bread and Water” by Ryan Bingham

“Better Things” by The Kinks


34 comments on “Share Your World: 2016 Week 37”

  1. I used to have a mood ring, it was absolutely ages ago mind you.

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  2. And I too would go with warm food.

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  3. You are sounding good. Hope your wife’s visit with her dad goes well and he feels better having her around. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The Chia Pet jingle is now resounding through my HEAD! But I could do cold food, as long as I had cereal. That would work.

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  5. Ahahaha! 70’s throwback! I had a mood ring and a diy pet rock 😜 These are great! Being empathetic might get you burned once in a while but the trade off can be exceptionally rewarding. Hope your father in law is doing well. Love to all! ❤️


  6. So weird! I just posted my SYW post, and I swear you’d think my answers were copy and pasted from your post. It’s official, I’m your long lost sister!

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  7. I still have a couple of mood rings. And of course, I had to get one for my daughter… Hers is all special with her name on it. 🙂

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  8. What kind of work do you do? I ask since you mentioned patients 😆

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  9. Theres a sayin in the medical world…once a nurse always a nurse…LOL I know plenty of retired nurses and they never forget and are always first on the scene of any accident no matter how big or small…hope her father is doing well…kat

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  10. Loved your answers and the one about the pet rock made me giggle. The food one is a tricky one…

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