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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
22nd November 1995
Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-generated animated movie is released
PIXAR, a company founded by Steve Jobs after being sacked by Apple, which produced short animated films to promote their computers, was approached by Disney to produce a computer-animated feature after the success of the short film, Tin Toy (1988), which is told from a small toy's perspective. John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter wrote early storylines which were thrown out by Disney, who wanted a more interesting and exciting scenario. After initially unsatisfactory story reels, production was halted and the script was re-written, better reflecting the tone and theme PIXAR desired: that "toys deeply want children to play with them, and that this desire drives their hopes, fears, and actions." The studio, then consisting of a relatively small number of employees, made the film under minor financial constraints.
The top-grossing film on its opening weekend, Toy Story went on to earn over $361 million worldwide. Reviews were positive, praising both the animation's technical innovation and the screenplay's wit and sophistication, and it is now widely considered by many critics to be one of the best animated films ever made. The film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song for "You've Got a Friend in Me", as well as winning a Special Achievement Academy Award. It was inducted into the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2005, its first year of eligibility. In addition to home media releases and theatrical re-releases, Toy Story-inspired merchandise has included toys, video games, theme park attractions, spin-offs, clothing, costumes, and two sequels—Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010)—both of which also garnered massive commercial success and critical acclaim, with a third sequel, Toy Story 4, scheduled for a 2018 release.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
The Milk Run
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
On thinking about it, it may be to do with power and control issues. I was more able to "play the system" on Saturday to get my way. Feeling more in control, I felt better.
It's important in self-development to recognize your own vulnerabilities, and mine is around in-your-face disapproval. Whether it's justified disapproval or not, my reaction tends to be the same - like someone's threatening me with a knife. In younger days this manifested in terror, breaking down and Munchausen's Syndrome. When I got to middle-age, and I finally discovered self-esteem, the response turned into counter-disapproval and wrath.
This made life considerably better - now fully prepared to dive in to altercations and the odd disciplinary meeting, I could fight off predators, exploiters and parasites, and circumstances improved. I have learned that many people wield disapproval like a weapon to serve their own agenda, so I pay it back with interest and they move on to more vulnerable prey.
If you have a problem with disapproval, the simple answer to it is to avoid those scenarios. This I have mainly done. As a therapist, disapprovers simply don't hire you or you don't take them on, so you only work with people you can win with. In my personal life there has been a wholesale purge of such folk and toxic people just aren't allowed in. This leaves the Weekend Job, where the disapproval is only sporadic, robustly opposed, and at two days, there is plenty of space to recover from any you get.
However it's important in safe spaces to consider whether the disapproval was justified, and sometimes the answer is YES. It may not be in my interest to admit it to others but I have no issue in admitting it to myself, and learning from it.
I would of course prefer to have a less emotional response to disapproval. Unfortunately my training cannot cure this, only manage it. If all this inner darkness is present and going to be stirred up, it can at least be channeled away from loved ones and leveled at genuine threats. I congratulate myself on great progress in this, and continual ongoing improvement.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Have you recognized and developed coping strategies to manage your vulnerabilities?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cold, dry and cloudy throughout, with sunny/clear periods
A moderate northerly will swing gradually westerly and become colder
Max Temp = 3 degC at noon
Min Temp = 0 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 07:46
Sunset at 15:59
Weathertrack: The Azores anticyclone will extend over Britain, bringing dry weather, but will draw in cold Arctic air
Air Pressure: 1012 millibars and rising rapidly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I don't regret burning bridges. I do regret that some people weren't on them when I burnt them.
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
By the early fourth century, the Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles throughout the empire. Each Roman mile was about 1,000 paces (about 4,800 feet) and was marked by a milestone.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Human life possesses a potential deeper than the great wide ocean and vaster than the sky. We may tend to give up and resign ourselves to present circumstances, thinking “There is no way.” But by breaking down these barriers in our minds, we can enjoy vibrant lives, filled with powerful life force like the sun.