I’ve been thinking about Radical Sincerity on a daily basis. Encounters, books, and reactions to my Instagram feed (I’m currently running a series with the hashtag #esmeintaiwan) have my gears churning on the topic of what authenticity, that overused word, truly means. I’ll be writing about it next week, I expect; in the meantime, I’ve created this desktop wallpaper for you. The quote, “We can help each other hold nothing back. We can help each other live a sincere life,” is from The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life, by Mark Nepo. I hope you like it.
& without further ago, here are the links for the week:
- My brother and sister-in-law are probably having children in the not-so-distant future, and so I’ve already begun to feel my heart double in size in preparation for a little niece or nephew. Susannah’s gorgeous post about her nephew, Noah, feels like a letter to Future Me.
- Tara writes about the truth about living in the moment. Deep, deep exhalation.
- Rachel writes her best post yet (in my humble opinion) — “A Sweet Middle Path” is ostensibly about the middle road and refined sugar, but it’s really about listening to your hungers.
- “The Money of the Entrepreneur,” from Laura at Create As Folk, is full of hearty numbers and heartier wisdom.
- “Self, Easy” from Amanda: “So snap a selfie if you want. Overweight? Snap it. Not 22? Snap that.”
- This piece from Jillian made me cheer. Then I emailed her and cheered through email. So go on and read about “Notes on How to Be the Dark Horse.”
- Jessalyn is one of the most astounding human beings that I can call a friend. And this very short piece from her is more proof of that fact. (“It is sane to assume that everyone is more confused than they appear.”)
- Please be warned that this piece about a mother and her depression, written by her son, is one of the saddest things that I’ve read recently. However, it’s also starkly beautiful, and gets at the heart of depression’s terrors.
With love — and happy Lunar New Year —