- How to run on a treadmill.
- How to sip tequila.
- Your in-laws are your family too.
- Just because something makes my heart race and my hands shake doesn’t mean it’s an emergency. And even if it is an emergency, it might not be my emergency.
- Life requires white space: quiet, empty, unscheduled time when anything might happen, especially resting, laughing, puttering and napping. All of life requires this restoration but some periods require abundantly more of it; periods of grieving, for example.
- If I don’t know something I have to ask. Shame, frustration and pretending I know all the answers waste energy better used learning. Just ask, and keep asking until I know what I need to know.
- There is no greater accomplishment for a writer than the praise of one’s high school English teacher.
- I am a person of great faith and my faith is growing still. Even if I can’t imagine how something will change I want to believe that it will get better. Just because I can’t figure out a solution to a problem doesn’t mean the solution doesn’t exist. This gives me hope.
- This system we have with mothers, where they drive you batty most of your life and then they die, is very bad.
- That thing about never going to bed angry is bullshit. You’re not even really angry, you’re just tired. Stop talking and go to sleep.
- Nothing helps in every case but there are some things that almost always help. Bacon, for example. Dancing in a short skirt. Joan Jett. Anything by Joss Whedon. Holding my kid. Working out until I feel like puking. Singing hymns. Hitting things really hard. Sitting around in a dark bar with the women I love, telling the truth about our lives and laughing until we choke.
- Auntie Ollie said it best: “A prayer never hurts.”
- "When you can't run, you crawl. And when you can't do that...you find someone to carry you."
Sunday, January 22, 2012
mind body mama: Baker's Dozen
Some things I’ve learned of late and some others I remembered that I already knew: