I’m currently reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle and it’s really powerful. She writes, “There is no glory except straight through your story. Pain is not tragic. Pain is magic. Suffering is tragic.” Continue reading
We’ve lost our confidence.
And we spent our whole lives building it. From learning to walk, to receiving our report cards in school, to earning degrees, getting promotions, buying property or taking vacations.
All those activities told us we were doing okay. That we were moving in the right direction.
Then suddenly, all that certainty was gone. People lost jobs. Schools closed. We became isolated in our homes not knowing when we might be able to go back to life as we knew it. Continue reading
I am currently reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and something in the book made me stop and think.
The author writes, “What characterizes the human race more, Karla once asked me, cruelty, or the capacity to feel shame for it? I thought the question acutely clever then, when I first heard it, but I’m lonelier and wiser now, and I know it isn’t cruelty or shame that characterizes the human race. It’s forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, our species would’ve annihilated itself in endless retributions. Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.” Continue reading
In a Coursera video about anxiety, professor Joordens from the University of Toronto was explaining the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. I have heard those explanations before, but the way he talked about one point made me pause. He was going over what happens when we sleep. Continue reading