Friday thoughts & thought-provoking links

It has been a rough week here on earth, y’all.

I’ve been struggling all week with what—if anything—to post here. The thing is…I am an over-thinker and a conflict-avoider. Whether it’s a challenging situation at work or things happening in the world, it always takes me some time to gather my thoughts. My tendency is always not to jump into the fray, but to pull back, into my head. To read and think and read some more and worry about what I’m doing and if it’s enough.

There is an incredibly nuanced and complex mess of problems facing us right now. I don’t think that there is a single solution here—not even a single issue at play. It is complicated, and difficult, and frankly it’s hard not to throw up my hands and give in to despair. But that is one thing that I won’t let happen, because despair is a victory for hate.

All I know right now is: We have to come together. We have to keep trying. We have to keep loving. We have to reach out and listen to one another. With compassion and understanding, we need to face the hard truths about ourselves, our culture, our country and its threats—together.

I don’t have the answers, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be the person to boldly shout my opinions on the Internet. But with all this on my mind, I wanted to share a few links with you all. These aren’t necessarily related to this week’s events, but they’re pieces I’ve read recently that—in one way or another—have made me think, challenged a viewpoint, or changed the way I thought about an issue.

Now, more than ever, I think it’s important for us to reach outside of our bubbles and keep learning. Keep listening. Keep thinking. Keep loving.

  1. “I do not want my daughter to be nice.” (New York Times blogs)
  2. The great ethnic food lie (The Washington Post)
  3. From shopping to naked selfies: how empowerment lost its meaning (The Guardian)
  4. Concept creep: How Americans became so sensitive to harm (The Atlantic)
  5. The ‘Other Side’ is not dumb (Medium)
  6. The secret shame of middle-class Americans (The Atlantic)
  7. Why are our National Parks so white? (The New York Times)
  8. Sheryl Sandberg’s graduation speech to the University of California-Berkeley Class of 2016 (The Boston Globe)

Sending everyone love and comfort and hopes for a wonderful weekend. And also this video of an Australian park ranger and his wombat:





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