Wednesday, December 1, 2021

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
  • Anne Lamott  
Those are the words of a person who has been soundly humbled by life but who has stumbled and clawed her way back, so there’s true “street cred” in that statement. Anne Lamott is soulfully authentic in the way humbled people can be, and funny – really funny. If I were able to force one person to spend the day with me, Anne Lamott would be right up there. She’s wise to the world and the ways of human beings, a preacher of radical self-care and kindness, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction including many spiritually tilted books on navigating life. If you’d like to dip into a little of her wisdom and authenticity, you might enjoy this Sounds True podcast: Anne Lamott: Radical Self-Care Changes Everything.*
Self-care is an ultimate unplugging, a way of coming back to ourself. When we do give a care for our self, everything does start working better as Anne Lamott has observed. Nonetheless, many people who are pulled in a dizzying number of directions probably see the words, “self-care” and immediately think, “Right, maybe in another lifetime.” We’ll leave the time vs. self-care dilemma for another day, but know that a lot of what Anne Lamott talks about in this podcast is about the radical act of becoming happy in who you are, a happiness that doesn’t take up any space on the calendar at all. I listened to this podcast twice so I’m extra happy with myself. 😊 
Enjoy (being you) today!
*Sidenote: As I said, Anne is direct and authentic. On this podcast she jumps right into the middle of the fray with no preamble or warm-up, which momentarily even took me aback! But if what I have said interests you, I encourage you to stick with her. You won’t regret it.