Weekly-ish Letter :: No. 2
If You Are Not Okay.
I hope this letter finds you well and if not I hope you are allowing yourself space to cry, grieve, rage, rest, or move your body. This can be a difficult time for us all. There is so much pressure to spend and bake and be merry. If this is you, perhaps you might find solidarity in my post about making tacos for Christmas dinner or the glimpse I gave people on the blog into what emerged from my attempts to homeschool. Or might I recommend Brie Stoner’s Bah Humbug Christmas song- it was a hit last year and who would have guessed it’s still relevant as we close out 2021. It’s lighthearted and real, but gets to the heart of our human experience.
In this weekly-ish letter I’m sharing three podcasts, all of which made me proud of us as humans.
It’s a wonder we can even exist together on this planet while we all undergo constant personal and collective evolution.
When I look at us in our cars, on the trails, with our coffees, chatting on our phones, laughing in the aisle, holding our child’s hand, we are such a colorful mixture of mystery and mess.
Yes, there’s much we all need to fix, repair, and forgive in our lives and amongst one another. But just for a moment, let’s stand in amazement at how far we’ve come.
Three podcasts that gave me hope:
A recent lovely episode from my favorite podcast! I bookmarked this quote from Jane,
who do we think of, when we use the pronoun “we”?
And I want my “we” to be absolutely continuous amongst my fellow humans, amongst living beings, amongst the largeness of the expanding universe, down to the tiniest physics and particle. I want — I want to feel like part of a single fabric and to behave as if my responsibility is to the entire fabric. And I know there are many people for whom the pronoun “we” has become quite problematic. And I respect and honor the pain and the history behind that, but I cannot give up the pronoun “we.”
I first learned of Bayo through Brie Stoner and her sharing of his book, The Wilds Beyond Our Fences.
Here’s a favorite idea I’m saving from the podcast,
“God is the crack in everything that refutes and repudiates and rejects completeness, that is the invitation to continue to emerge and play in an ongoing experimental universe.”
-And I just recently discovered My Unsung Hero as an effective antidote for despairing news headlines. Each episode is less than 5 minutes long, so I indulged in a few and remembered once again the potential we all carry within us to be generous, compassionate, and thoughtful, as well as how simple it can be to change someone’s world.
-Then, lastly I’ve been listening to this soundtrack since November. It’s on repeat and basically the only christmas-y music I’ve been playing at our house.
Wandering with you into another year,