Today’s reads are for the weary multi-tasker, the small-talk awkward and the hopeful writers. It’s for those who are grieving and anyone longing for home. Enjoy your weekend, friends.
Multitasking is Killing Your Brain by Larry Kim for Medium
“When we complete a tiny task (sending an email, answering a text message, posting a tweet), we are hit with a dollop of dopamine, our reward hormone. Our brains love that dopamine, and so we’re encouraged to keep switching between small mini-tasks that give us instant gratification.
This creates a dangerous feedback loop that makes us feel like we’re accomplishing a ton, when we’re really not doing much at all.”
It’s Not Small Talk, It’s Social Ritual by Sarah Jones for Quiet Revolution
“The answer is to replace dreaded small talk with enjoyable social rituals. Once you incorporate social rituals into your everyday life in place of small talk, you never have to make small talk again.”
For Everything There is a Season by Christie Purifoy
“I can’t tell the whole story yet. We are still living it. Also, so much of that story isn’t mine to share. And yet I can say this: when you observe suffering from the outside all you can see is the suffering. Despair can feel like the only option.
Having sat, for two weeks, on the inside, I want you to know that despair doesn’t feel like an option. Peace is too real. Hope is too bright. God, the Ancient of Days, has drawn close.”
Ecuador Through 10 Year Old Calvin’s Eyes by Calvin Martin
“The people that were there were severely poor but what I thought was that the poorer the person the larger the heart because the whole time they were laughing and singing and talking. It’s almost like people who have less maybe have more, in the spiritual side of life.”
In the Light of Home by Jennifer Trafton for The Rabbit Room
“When that house, standing empty now, is finally sold, a character in my story will die. And that is necessary, and as it should be, but the change of setting carries a grieving with it. Though I have lived in many places in my adult life, there is no other place in the world—yet—that is home for me in quite the same way, in the very deepest sense.”
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