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Three Things — It Takes Courage to Fully Face the Joy

Three Things, my Wednesday post series, inspired by my love for bite-sized, tiny but mighty pieces of information.

One. This —

This morning I listened to Oprah have a chat with Dani Shapiro, a well known and talented memoirist, on her Super Soul Sunday Podcast. Dani was telling her about how she at one point in life would wake up at 3 am seized with anxiety. And she wondered if the collection of thoughts and things from a day like wondering if they were out of dog food, if that was all there was to life. And why was she not able to enjoy truly lovely moments. Moments like riding in a car in the country with her son on a pretty fall day.

She told Opes she spent so much time dwelling in the past and worrying about the future that being fully present wasn’t something she did. Until she changed all that. Also she said it’s embracing the true joy in moments that’s the most difficult — for all of us. Because by embracing it with abandon we acknowledge that joy is fleeting.

Guess how much I loved all of this?


Two. Rome for the Weekend? —

One of my latest (and fun) past times is watching the March For Our Lives Instagram account grow. Yesterday it was 23,000 and as of this writing it’s 41,500. And their spectacular Go Fund Me Account. Yesterday, $500k, right now, $1.2M. Fuck to the yes.


Three. It’s a Thing. —

Homes in Italy typically aren’t as warm as in the States. No problem for me. Not this year. Wanna know why? Because we bought a throw electric blanket. I work from home. On cold days (like this week) you can find me on the couch or at the table covered in said blanket (turned up high) pounding away on the keyboard warm as all get out. Total win.