At our last meeting my writers’ group discussed a recent Ted Talk given by writer Anne Lamott entitled Twelve Things I Know To Be True. I could really resonate with many of them. Here are three I particularly liked.
1. Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. That includes you.
When I am really stuck on a writing project or work assignment the best thing to do is just leave it for a while and go for a hike, take a nap, have a shower, read a book or go to a movie. Invariably while I am doing something completely different the solution to my writing or work dilemma reveals itself. Everyone needs to take a break sometimes and we shouldn’t feel guilty about just unplugging and giving ourselves down time.
2. Family life is both astonishing and hard.
Welcoming a new child is astonishing. Saying goodbye to a parent who has died is incredibly hard. Watching your child accomplish something and knowing that in that moment they are truly and utterly happy is astonishing. Watching your child go through illness, or disappointment, or loss is heartbreakingly hard. Having a family member affirm and support you is astonishing. Accepting the criticism, silence and correction of a family member can be humbling and hard.
3. God means goodness. God is a loving, animating intelligence. Emerson said…… We learn from nature the lessons of worship. Go outside often and look up when you need to find God.
I too think of God as good. Bad things don’t come from God but God does send people to help us when we human beings mess up and bad things happen. And I do feel the most worshipful and close to God when I am outside, looking at stars, walking in a forest, wading in the ocean, or tracking a bird in flight.
In her Ted Talk Anne Lamott talks about nine other things she knows to be true. You can hear about the other six on the Ted Talk site.