Think about the time we spend engaged in debate: pleading, proving or otherwise bargaining for ourselves and our perspectives. At work. At home. In the classroom. In our own minds. On social media, especially. Sometimes we offer a point of view rooted in our most cherished beliefs, our deepest convictions. More often, though, we might find ourselves frothily insisting that, yes, we are sure we refilled the goddamn printer paper.
All posts in note to self
Pondering the Happiness U Curve
Does anyone else find it appropriate that the Happiness U Curve looks like a wry smile? Somewhat like the Amazon logo, too. But mostly all, ha ha fuckers! You thought all you had to do was get through adolescence? Pffft.
Then you dust off your graph reading skills and realize the direction you are heading in. I’ll be over here in my blanket fort. There’s room for you, too…the fetal position is wonderfully compact.
‘No’ leaves room for ‘hell yes!’
A few weeks ago, I read an article by Nadia Bolz-Weber, ‘The Spiritual Practice of Saying No.’ The title invites an immediate shift in how we view our commitments, boundaries and pleasing impulses. Do we say yes because we are afraid to say no? Afraid of disappointing the asking party? Afraid of not doing our part?
Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
Anne Lamott on personal purpose