A really important piece!!!i want to read it many times. As a nurse I think about how best to respond to people suffering. Like the last line about never meekly submitting our stories, our pain, our dignity to the evergrinding wheels of the hit making machine.
I like his idea about how too many meetings talking about wok doesn’t let us do the work. Love the of long form-getting ideas out in writing and going deep then having coworkers reflect on them. A little like Read up!
So interesting. We tend to think of ourselves as more enlightened than those who came before us but this goes to show human wisdom and understanding can be found when you least expect it. And yes, farmers are cool, so close to life.
You realize there are two universes in our country now. The one with the 1% and the one with the rest of us. We can’t relate. She is so serious and earnest and clueless about her situation I almost felt sorry for her.
Really important for the 96% of us in thinking about the quality of our interactions-remember talking to someone on a bus or while in a waiting room, now it’s heads down only. what about our kids! The creators of the technology don’t let their kids near phones. I have thought about going back to a flip phone and will think harder but it’s so hard to give up all the other features!
Dorothy Day is my hero. His story made me happy to think that her life and ideas are still being lived. I admire the writer and hope I can be a little more like him but you have to be so brave to avoid consuming!
“In order to “write about motherhood” one needs the room of one’s own we’ve heard so much about. And most people, some of them with thoughts yet unthinkable, simply do not have the room or the time.”
Thoughts yet unthinkable is a way I remember my own experience of early motherhood. So many new and profound experiences and no time to process them. Running between day care pick ups and work there was no space for reflection. Every mother and her children deserve that.
Thanks for this article and for the comments which are also 10s! As a nurse practitioner in psychiatry there is the untold prescriber’s side of this story-the demands of patients for quick relief and the soul crushing we providers are experiencing from the health care system so dominated by pharmaceutical companies who are more and more involved in creating the algorithms for care.
I must have read this in the early 90 s. I used to get all my exercise cleaning the house. I called it aerobic house cleaning. It was just practical then doing two things at once. This makes me see it also can have meditative benefit. Looking for that little battered paperback!
Josh is a writer, that’s for sure. He uses words and images to convey his inner life well. As a nurse practitioner he makes me realize that there is just so much we don’t understand about people’s inner lives and how clumsy and yet certain we are about trying to “fix” them.
Interesting. I am working on how to help my town reduce greenhouse gas emissions-people will need to change behaviors. I think this article has some clues as to how to signal and support new behaviors. Would have liked some real life applications.
Whoa! but just a btw comment on one of your comments. I love the word yous (you plural) not only because I’m from NJ but because it signifies a community of yous in a way the proper plural, you doesn’t.
Thought provoking to me who has been happily married for a long time. Makes me think our inner lives could be a surprise to each other not because we are hiding anything or don’t spend a lot of time together or aren’t close- just because the human condition makes each of us unknown.?