What I'm Reading This Week
I’ve had a lot of late nights this week, not a lot of time - or frankly, brainpower - for reading.
It’s not just about the turkey - Green Tea & Gratitude
My Litany of Loss is long. So is yours. Human life is HARD, and our emotional and mental wellbeing ultimately comes down to how well we process and carry those losses: whether we go forward, slowly at first, but always gaining ground, until at last, some of our burdens can be safely left behind, or we are so weighed down by them that we can’t go on and life in the present seems impossible.
Cover Your Ears - Green Tea & Gratitude
Real life. Real life that’s scary and wonderful and imperfect and glorious. It’s in you, that safety, that comfort. Happiness. Acceptance. Relax into it and let the rest go.
Stay Out - Eve Marko
We want to be good people, we try to be good people. Maybe it was once an evolutionary mechanism to help us survive, to ignore so many of the contradictions in our lives in order to go on, raise our children, go to church, meditate, go about our day calmly.
Hope as a Horizon - Kathleen Wall
So I have continued to read Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, and I find that she has good advice for depressives, activists, and creative people. In a later chapter wonderfully titled "Getting the Hell Out of Paradise," she talks about the impatience of activists who believe that they have failed because they have not created utopia.
The Pause - the On Being weekly newsletter
“Sometimes we don't need to pursue happiness. We just need to pause and let it catch up with us.”