Links to Think About

The new year always puts me in a thoughtful mood. It feels like the right time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, and see what is working and what is not. I am planning to try to treat myself more kindly in 2018… I ended 2017 feeling a bit depleted. It is so easy to take care of others before taking care of yourself, and once your resources run dry, it is much harder to get back to feeling well.

After traveling in July, I got an unusual injury that may be pinched nerve bundle. (If anyone has had a similar injury, please let me know what helped! I would love to hear.) My arm was numb for weeks, and I am still dealing with unsettling pins and needles in my arm and face and generally not feeling my best — what a gift it is if everything in our complicated bodies is working as it should! I never thought about the nerves in my arm until they weren’t working correctly, but I am hoping that 2018 will be a year of getting back to feeling well, and remembering to be grateful for it too.

Meanwhile, here are a few links that caught my eye lately, in case you are looking for a little reading to think about:

How to keep your resolutions: compassion and pride as a better route to self-control.

Ann Patchett on a year of no shopping.

In the post-Weinstein scandal and #MeToo atmosphere, should we take another look at whether we can or should separate art and biography? Case in point: Woody Allen. This writer read Allen’s archived notes, and it makes for queasy reading.

Two people wrote beautiful books about dying, and their grieving spouses found comfort and love with each other. (Beautiful/sad.)

Young kids think that birthday parties cause aging, not the other way around. So cute. (via Cup of Jo)

Photo by Philipp Cordts on Unsplash.


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  1. JC says:

    I SO want to read When Breath Becomes Air and The Bright Hour but every time I think of starting them, I feel like I will cry a lot and look for a happier read!

    • Laura Chassaigne says:

      Me too!! I know they will both be amazing and inspiring, but with how I have been feeling lately I just can’t bring myself to read them… Sometimes our minds just can’t handle any more sadness, no matter how beautifully written and inspiring it is!