What I’m Grateful For: Sisters
This morning I had a call from my sister (my only sibling). We had a rambling conversation that managed to cover everything from global warming, the future of our planet, social leveling tools in modern society, and odd fragments from our childhood that only the two of us would recognize.
We have not always gotten along. In fact, there are many periods in our history that we were actively not speaking to each other (as siblings can do best!). But as we’ve gotten older, we have begun to grasp the deep and somewhat unsettling realization that in many ways, no one will ever know you as well as your sibling – at least, if they are paying attention. And I feel so grateful that in spite of many periods of misunderstanding, the two of us are pretty darn clear that we have something unique and special to give to one another – a set of shared experiences that we both remember in different ways, and our joint memories give us more insight into life and love than our single, individual recollections could ever offer us.
Plus, my sister is smart as hell, as well as being funny and sometimes silly (which I need so much). I’m so grateful for my little sister, and I love her to pieces.
What I’m Reading: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson!
Rule #12: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street.
This chapter closes the book beautifully and with hope. We get some insight into the pain that Jordan has personally experienced with his young daughter and her debilitating experience with rheumatoid arthritis from a very young age. We look at how pain and suffering are an inevitable part of life, and how trying to deny this never gets us far. But the message of this chapter is that even in the darkest hours, there are bright spots of color, if we are looking for them. A sunset that takes your breath away. A bird arcing across the cloud. A cat that crosses your path and wants to be petted. So through all the pain and the confusion and the inevitable suffering that is part of being alive, keep your eyes open for the small gifts, the little graces of life. And pet a cat, or a dog, when you encounter one on the street.
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What I’m Pondering: “There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, ‘Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,’ and an optimist who says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine any way.’ Either way, nothing happens.”— Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia