When my son was in middle school I went to a workshop/book group for parents of almost-teenagers. The topic, generally speaking, was how to help steer clear of risky behavior. The book we received, handed out the night the group met, was 100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents. We barely discussed the book, which … Continue reading Something kind.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.Frederick Buechner The bad news? The year ahead will be full of sadness, grief, disappointment, and struggle. Exactly like the year we're wrapping up today. And the year before that. And all the years before that. To be fair, the current state of … Continue reading Cloudy with a chance of …
Near the top of my gratitude heap is deep appreciation for all of the people who have invested in me, in one way or another, by offering a mystic mix of honest feedback (delivered kindly), prudent encouragement, and pearls of wisdom. The list of names is quite long, hence the deep gratitude. Among the pearls … Continue reading What’s one thing you need help with, right now?
True story: Fourteen years ago I made a New Year's resolution to eliminate toxic people from my life. I had two particular people in mind when I made this promise to myself, and in the short run the resolution (to which I stayed faithful) had the desired effect. I was free. Free! Until the days … Continue reading Good housekeeping.
Today’s work is inspired, in part, by a Radiolab story about famed physicist Richard Feynman and the cataclysm sentence exercise. In that exercise, the task was/is to write, in one spare sentence, the most important information to pass on to surviving humans in the event of a cataclysmic, near-extinction event. Our work today will be … Continue reading Just one.
Today is the second day of Christmas. No, I am not going to lead with this calendar/timeline/reference for the remainder of the month. In fact, today is that last reference you'll have to the Christmas holiday. Today, 26 December, is often a day that -- both in my personal experience and from what I very … Continue reading Two turtle doves.
Today is the first day of Christmas. There are 12 days in this season. This season extends beyond the end of December. You are not late; you are right on time. And you are loved. The real people in your life you make you feel happy, smart, attractive, powerful, accepted, or brave -- the people … Continue reading On the first day, let yourself be loved.
Whether you're following along day by day or only intermittently, by now you've likely picked up on a recurring theme in the work of the December Sanity Journal, and that theme is close examination of the people in your life and how they make you feel (more on this, later in the post). You might … Continue reading On the 19th day, some grace (and a few more things).