Russell Brand interviewing Brene Brown for his podcast Under My Skin.
Under my skin, indeed. You can read this with a British accent; makes it more fun.
Russell and Brene asked: Are people doing the best they can? Dear, Russell, Brene and World, we’re asking the wrong question. Instead, let’s ask: Does society create the opportunity for our best efforts to have agency?
Western civilization is far from civil and requires merciless effort simply to survive, which is the best we can do in one sense. I ate today. Go me. Please let there be more.
Cultivating, doing, giving, being the best and highest expression of our selves cannot be fully achieved in a rigged, oppressive paradigm.
Cases in point from the podcast: the stripper, the family living in the trailer, quitting breastfeeding-we’re not lazy. The examples were classist and didn’t seem to love anybody. Where’s mindful self compassion when you need it?
The WHO just made C-PTSD and Burnout globally recognized diagnosis. WE ARE NOT LAZY. We’re hurt, oppressed, exploited, full of shit, pride, fear, hunger, repressed rage and desperately in need of real love, real food, real change, sleep and efficacious opportunity rooted in biopsychosocialspiritual wisdom.
ps: I haven’t posted in forever because I’m busy finishing the book, doing trainings, querying agent’s, trying to maintain friendships, keep up with the laundry and working full time like a crazy person.
I’m elbow deep in the final chapter and topped off at 100,437 words. The latest challenge is writing a query blurb which requires some elusive combination of being salesy, authentic and mysterious at the same time. I’m convinced finding an agent is like navigating wonderland and I’d have better luck if I got just high and threw myself down a hole.
Happy writing trails!
Much love, e