Take time to appreciate every small detail of your life, it will limit the time you have to notice what is wrong.
“There is a point every parent realizes somewhere between all the memories your children’s childhood years are behind them and they have grown up.” ~ Jake
I come downstairs Christmas Eve morning to go pick up our son Carter from the airport to find a note
“I had Carter take an earlier flight and paid the change fee. I wanted to have time to talk to him about what is going on without you and mom around. I hope you understand Dad; I have always tried to make sure he was okay and I am not sure how he will take this news. See you soon, Love Kadence.”
Not sure how I feel about anything that is happening I decide today I am going to skip the run/walk and make a huge breakfast so we can all sit down and be together when they return. As Laura and I…
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The saying goes “if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” But we don’t really need more outrage. The critical question is one of attention–and how we work with it. The habit of our culture is to be attentively scattered and emotionally removed. When we live this way, we share this norm with our friends and family, our students, the people around us, and throughout our network of connectivity, strengthening a subtle but powerful collective habit. The habit is paralysis. We are not unaware of the world, but we don’t know how to respond to it.
It’s tempting to let that be the whole post.
Courtney Martin, activist, author, and a wonderful spokesperson for the millenial generation, addresses Gen Y’s current state of collective mind: “We are not apathetic. What we are… is totally and completely overwhelmed. One of the most critical questions of our time is one of attention. In a 24-7 news climate, it is all but impossible to emotionally engage all of the stories and issues you are taking in, and then act on them in some pragmatic way. So instead, young people become paralyzed.”
Courtney describes this paralysis as the result of a high level of engagement with political issues and news. Indeed, our unprecedented access to global events and information opens us up to empathic overload and system failure. However, it’s not even necessary to be reading news, looking at pictures of war zones and refugees, hearing…
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