“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, (…) tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”
Returned home and found Synchronicity by Sharon Dodua Otoo waiting for me. I’m excited!
Received a wonderful variety of books for Christmas 🎅�
NPR: A Radio Christmas Greeting
In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night reading. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cozy and wonderful does that sound?
(More fun facts: Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country, and new books are typically published only during the Christmas season—the frenzy is called Jólabókaflóð, or the Christmas Book Flood.)
Off the floor and give a shout
There’s a lot to shout about
Sufjan Stevens: Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance! live at The Bowery Ballroom, New York 22/12/12
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, wonderful winter, lovely rest of the year.
Kenneth Weiner at HuffPost posted advice for friends and family of people recovering from an eating disorder. I thought the advice could also be useful for people who are close to people struggling with depression, especially points 2 & 3:
2. Be mindful of the needs of your loved one during holiday gatherings. Eating-disordered patients and individuals in recovery are often “people-pleasers,” and will hide their anxiety in an effort to meet the emotional needs of friends and family. If your friend or family member doesn’t feel as though they can attend an event, support them in this decision even if you feel disappointed. If your loved one is willing and able to attend a holiday gathering, support them if they need to “escape” for some fresh air to keep their emotions in check, and be willing to leave early if the festivities begin to feel overwhelming. It may be helpful to agree on a signal or sign that your loved one can use when he or she needs your help to change the subject during a conversation with a nosy neighbor or a tipsy relative, or when he or she needs to take a moment away to regroup.
3. Plan ahead. Provide as much information as possible to your friend or loved one regarding holiday activities – where, when, what types of food will be available and whether alcohol will be served. Information and preparation can help patients in recovery plan ahead, practice flexibility and avoid situations that might trigger an eating disorders relapse.
I hope you all have a few days that are a wonderful as possible.
From an early age, we understood and embraced the passivity that lies at the heart of all happy television viewing.
Since it’s Christmas, let’s be glad
Even if your life’s been bad
There are presents to be had
Merry Christmas! Have a couple of wonderful days, everybody!