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    "Embrace the Glorious Mess That You Are" ~Elizabeth Gilbert and the myth of Balance:
Against BALANCE…Dear Ones -The other night at my event in St Paul, a young woman asked me about how I achieve balance in my life.First of all, I love that she thinks I have achieved balance in my life!Secondly, I felt the need to speak out once more against the subtle tyranny of the word BALANCE, which I think haunts and punishes modern women more and more every day. We are constantly being told that we should be achieving balance — that we should somehow exquisitely be negotiating the relationships between our work lives, our home lives, our romantic lives, our health and well-being, our spiritual selves. You can’t read an interview with a famous woman these days that the journalist does not applaud her for having achieved BALANCE….and then if you turn the pages of that magazine, you will find ten more articles showing how you can achieve balance. too!Be careful. The word BALANCE has tilted dangerously close, I fear, to the word PERFECT — another word that women use as weapons against themselves and each other. To say that someone has found the secret to a balanced life is to suggest that they have solved life, and that they now float through their days in a constant state of grace and ease, never suffering stress, ambivalence, confusion, exhaustion, anger, fear, or regret. Which is a wonderful description of nobody, ever. Balance, when we do find it, is a breathtakingly temporary condition. We stand upon a world that spins at 2000 miles an hour. Our minds, meanwhile, spin at 200,000 miles an hour. We collide every day with other humans who are also sliding and spinning wildly. The landscape of our lives, therefore, changes by the minute. You find your balance one day and think, “Hooray! I have solved it” and then five minutes later the world utterly transforms again, and you’re knocked on your ass one more time.That’s just how life is on this planet — messy, fast, out of control, unpredictable. It’s all terribly interesting, but also terribly unstable. That being the case, I dropped the myth of BALANCE a long time ago. (I buried it right next to PERFECT.) My life seems happiest — as I tried to explain to this young woman the other night — when I just surrender to the madness, and embrace the glorious mess that I am…and also when I embrace the glorious mess that everyone else is, and the glorious mess of the world itself. My life gets the most painful when I try to set the entire mess (myself other people, life itself) into order. The world is like a dropped pie most of the time. Don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together. Just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. Then carry on.If you can get some stuff done in the chaos sometimes, god bless you. If you can basically hold it together, propping yourself up with duct tape and glue, rock on. If you can manage stay upright even one hour a day, you’re doing pretty great, as far as I’m concerned. And if you can be kind to the other stumbling fools around you half the time — well, that’s just heroic. Basically, I think we are all just sloppy stupendous champions.Onward!Heart,LG

    "Embrace the Glorious Mess That You Are" ~Elizabeth Gilbert and the myth of Balance:

    Against BALANCE…

    Dear Ones -

    The other night at my event in St Paul, a young woman asked me about how I achieve balance in my life.

    First of all, I love that she thinks I have achieved balance in my life!

    Secondly, I felt the need to speak out once more against the subtle tyranny of the word BALANCE, which I think haunts and punishes modern women more and more every day. 

    We are constantly being told that we should be achieving balance — that we should somehow exquisitely be negotiating the relationships between our work lives, our home lives, our romantic lives, our health and well-being, our spiritual selves. You can’t read an interview with a famous woman these days that the journalist does not applaud her for having achieved BALANCE….and then if you turn the pages of that magazine, you will find ten more articles showing how you can achieve balance. too!

    Be careful. 

    The word BALANCE has tilted dangerously close, I fear, to the word PERFECT — another word that women use as weapons against themselves and each other. 

    To say that someone has found the secret to a balanced life is to suggest that they have solved life, and that they now float through their days in a constant state of grace and ease, never suffering stress, ambivalence, confusion, exhaustion, anger, fear, or regret. Which is a wonderful description of nobody, ever. 

    Balance, when we do find it, is a breathtakingly temporary condition. We stand upon a world that spins at 2000 miles an hour. Our minds, meanwhile, spin at 200,000 miles an hour. We collide every day with other humans who are also sliding and spinning wildly. The landscape of our lives, therefore, changes by the minute. You find your balance one day and think, “Hooray! I have solved it” and then five minutes later the world utterly transforms again, and you’re knocked on your ass one more time.

    That’s just how life is on this planet — messy, fast, out of control, unpredictable. It’s all terribly interesting, but also terribly unstable. 

    That being the case, I dropped the myth of BALANCE a long time ago. (I buried it right next to PERFECT.) My life seems happiest — as I tried to explain to this young woman the other night — when I just surrender to the madness, and embrace the glorious mess that I am…and also when I embrace the glorious mess that everyone else is, and the glorious mess of the world itself. My life gets the most painful when I try to set the entire mess (myself other people, life itself) into order. 

    The world is like a dropped pie most of the time. Don’t kill yourself trying to put it back together. Just grab a fork and eat some of it off the floor. Then carry on.

    If you can get some stuff done in the chaos sometimes, god bless you. If you can basically hold it together, propping yourself up with duct tape and glue, rock on. If you can manage stay upright even one hour a day, you’re doing pretty great, as far as I’m concerned. And if you can be kind to the other stumbling fools around you half the time — well, that’s just heroic. 

    Basically, I think we are all just sloppy stupendous champions.

    Onward!

    Heart,
    LG

    — 1 day ago
    #balance  #the balance myth  #elizabeth gilbert 
    http://melthebookworm.tumblr.com/post/92700994256/maxkirin-neil-gaimans-8-rules-of-writing-a →

    This is a paraphrase of my creative thesis introduction, which I turned into a manifesto (against my original creative thesis that I hated and only wrote the way I wrote it so that my horrible adviser would approve it…)

    — 1 day ago
    #neil gaiman  #rules for writing 
    James Franco, Poet →

    But is it, you may be wondering, good? No. But neither is it entirely bad. “Directing Herbert White” is the sort of collection written by reasonably talented M.F.A. students in hundreds of M.F.A. programs stretching from sea to shining sea. Which is perhaps not surprising, since Franco actually has an M.F.A. in poetry.”

    Review and commentary on James Franco’s foray into full-length book of poetry land.

    — 1 week ago
    #poetry  #poets  #james franco 
    Rejection Letter →
    — 1 week ago
    #zukofsky  #publishing  #poetry  #rejection letter 
    Gut instincts: The secrets of your second brain →

    My and my guts have a tumultuous relationship. They really do just practically rule over me. When I get too overtired and too stressed, it’s my guts that MAKE me take a break. I even refer to it often in my poems — how the guy rules the emotions.

    The article gets into the physiological reasons why this is the case.

    — 2 weeks ago with 1 note
    #guts  #neurons  #health 
    Food pic on account of last day of vacation. Lunch: cilantro omelette, sautéed greens, local bakery bread, coffee. On the porch. Yum.

    Food pic on account of last day of vacation. Lunch: cilantro omelette, sautéed greens, local bakery bread, coffee. On the porch. Yum.

    — 2 weeks ago
    #vegetarian food 
    "Jesus Never Broke the Law" & other stupid things anti-immigrant protesters say

    A woman at the anti-immigrant protest in California had a sign that read “Jesus Never Broke the Law!” Presumably to point out that the thousands of undocumented immigrant children coming to the American border to escape countries with outrageously high murder rates are breaking the law. Except that Jesus totally broke Roman law—that’s why he was sentenced to death, of course. Was the law just? Was the sentencing just? In the eyes of many, including Jesus, no they were not. He broke the law in social protest to highlight the unjustness. He broke the law to, in his mind, make things better. As are the droves of undocumented children coming from Central America to find a better life in the US.

    Another protester kept talking about the children spreading disease. What is this about? There must be some Glenn Beck tinfoil hat club that is linking the current Ebola virus in west Africa to Hondurans or something. Straw men do catch fire quickly among the ignorant I suppose.

    Yet another young woman said she didn’t want the droves of immigrant children coming to her town because they were a “family community.” How is turning away young children a family-oriented standpoint? People are just linking buzz words together to justify blind hate at this point. Ieiei.

    — 2 weeks ago with 3 notes
    #immigration  #border crisis  #california 
    Let's Stop Neutralizing Men | Valerie Alexander →

    Fantastic article on the language we use and how it spotlights are still quite unequal line of thinking.

    — 2 weeks ago
    #equality 
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case →
    — 3 weeks ago
    #hobbylobby  #Women's Rights  #choice  #family planning  #supreme court  #ruth bader ginsburg