It’s been a good week and a hard week. I am grateful for every act of kindness, support, and empathy that I see in the world right now; we can always use more of that.
On Tuesday I shared with you my thoughts on grief as my family is dealing with the process of losing a loved one to cancer. While this is a painful experience, I am grateful for the lessons it is teaching me, especially the one that “just as progress isn’t always linear, neither is grief.” If this lesson and my words can help even one other person out there going through a hard time, that will make me happy.
Even though it was a tough week, there were still plenty of amazing things to be read online.
Here are the best things I read this week:
- Grace Quantock’s guest post on Second Firsts, “I Have Found Ways,” speaks beautifully about starting a new life, and thriving, after illness enters the picture.
- I like the idea of writing a list of rules for life, concrete examples extending from your values. Xandra writes about just that, here, on her site Fashionably Light.
- Are you trudging through something that just doesn’t do it for you anymore? Maybe you should take Gala Darling’s advice and “Just Stop Doing It.”
- I will forever give my skeptical eye to anyone who criticizes selfies, something which has nothing to do with them, and can be a life changer for the person in question. Want an example? Read Veronica Varlow’s perspective: “Do You Know Your Selfie? 3 Ways Selfies Can Change the World.”
- Are you like me and have trouble fitting your entire to-do list into a day limited by chronic fatigue? Jo from Dexterous Diva writes about “how to work less and do more.”
“As a Type A person I could so easily keep on plodding on and doing more [and] more stuff in the day because I love what I do and I have ideas coming at me all the time, but it just doesn’t work like that for me long term.” – Jo (DexterousDiva.co.uk)
- On the related note of setting up systems that work to improve your life, I’m still currently obsessed with morning routines. Here are some thoughts from the Free People blog on “Simple Ways to Transform Your Monday Morning.”
- Know someone with severe anxiety? Health Central put up a good (actually insightful and useful) set of tips on “What to Say When Someone is Having an Anxiety Attack.”
- I’ll probably share Leo Babauta’s work so often that you should just go subscribe to his posts. Two fantastic ones this week are “Turn Toward the Problem” (on facing our discomfort instead of running away) and “How to Be Prepared for Anything” which actually uses mindfulness tips (and you all know how much I love mindfulness).
And finally, I’ll leave you with this interesting video on human psychology which will make you laugh if you were born in the ’80′s (or earlier.) A.K.A. “Why Did We Blow on Nintendo Games?“
‘Til next time,
*Photo by Death to the Stock Photo