Dan Knoepfler, MC, LMHC
Individual, group, and family therapy
Thoughts for the Day
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The first day without the viaduct.    I always thought of the viaduct as my place with a million dollar view.    Time well tell whether trading the viaduct of a more expanded waterfront will be worth it.  

This week there was teamwork between probation and me in working with a difficult situation with a client.   Things go so much better when there is a team working together.   I am so pleased with the outcome.

Today was an unusual day.   I "lost" my wallet.   It discombobulated me.  When you don't have your license, a debit or credit card, or cash on you, it makes life difficult.    When I got home, it was in a pocket of a pair of pants I wore for about 5 minutes before changing into something else.    Ugh!  At least I didnt have to cancel and replace everything.

As the government shutdown continues I am starting to wonder whether I will be directly impacted soon.  I contract with a part of the federal government that isn't funded at the moment.  In the next 5-10 days they will run out of money.   I am assuming we will be expected to continue to provide contracted services with the understanding that we will be paid once the government reopens.  But who knows.

Ever get lazy and have it come back on you?   I was too lazy to take out the garbage one night.  Waking up to stinky garbage that went really bad overnight was a reminder not to do that again!   When natural consequences are connected to the previous action they tend to be more powerful.   

Back to work....    Having a week off was nice.  I didn't totally unplug, but I did to a much greater degree than normal.  Unplugging is under-rated.

Ironically, several days before my birthday I tried a different new restaurant and ended up with food poisoning.  Things settled down by my birthday, and I tried somewhere else new and was rewarded.  When one is punished for taking a risk (through a negative outcome) one might say it is crazy or foolish to take another risk.  However, on my birthday it wasn't as much of a risk because I read a lot of reviews first, whereas when I got food poisoning I didn't read any reviews first.  Taking a risk doesn't require going into something totally uninformed.  In fact trying new things after doing a little research is actually a wise decision.

For my birthday I tried a totally new restaurant to celebrate.   I can be such a creature of habit.  But I tried something new.    Oh my goodness.    I had the best meal.   Balancing risk/rewards can be tough.  Do I want to celebrate my birthday with a meal from somewhere new that ends up being terrible?   Is it a celebration if you do something totally safe (going to the same old restaurant time after time)?  Thursday's risk was worth it.

As the partial government shutdown continues, it makes me wonder.   What is so important that it is worth throwing down the gauntlet to achieve?  I am not a fan of ultimatums unless there are good reasons and a willingness to follow through.   Especially because there is  almost always collateral damage that occurs when a government is shut down.  To me it seems like the current issue isn't worth shutting down the government to address.   Of course we all want safe and secure borders.  It appears we disagree when it comes to the way to accomplish this.  But in the meantime keep the government open, and NEGOTIATE.  That is the adult way to handle things.

It's my birthday today.  55.  The double nickels.  The speed limit.  Well maybe not anymore, since you can go up to 70 on the freeways in parts of Washington State.  Where did the time go?

In my 12/31/18 post, I used an Oxford comma.  I have to say that I am a fan of them.  It just doesn't look or sound (in my head) right without using that last comma in a series.  Insignificant yet important things we think about.

Time to get used to a new year.   2019!  One goal for 2019 is to have more fun.