Weekend Edition: June 30, 2013

General / General : Litsa Williams


You know the drill — it is Sunday and that means our Weekend Edition – a highlight of stuff we loved around the web this week (usually grief related, sometimes not).  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Gratitude from Rowdy Kittensgratitude 2

This week Eleanor wrote a post on her case of the womp-womps.  She committed to journaling a daily gratitude (either a photograph or sentence).  If you were feeling inspired by Eleanor’s post to commit to gratitude, take a look at Tammy’s post several weeks ago on Rowdy Kittens about Mini-Adventures and Gratitude.  She ends her post with a great quote by William Arthur Ward that inspired me to get on the daily gratitude bandwagon: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  I am grateful for Eleanor and Tammy inspiring me with their commitment to gratitude!

The Letting Go

I love love love The Moth podcast.  If you don’t know about The Moth, it is a non-profit dedicated to storytelling where individuals tell stories live on stage with no notes.  This week I listened to a story by Siddhartha Mukherjee called The Letting Go.  You may recognize his name as the Pulitzer Prize winning author of the incredible book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. With the unique perspective of an oncologist, this story he reflects on his experience with the death of his grandmother in his home country of India and his experience of death now.  There is no easy way to stream this or embed here – you have to go download the story from itunes, but it is totally worth it!  You can find the download link on The Moth’s website.

An Accent Like Grief

An Accent Like Grief is an essay I stumbled on by Michael Schmeltzer, which was included in PANK literary magazine.  Though a bit more abstract than our usual picks, it is an interesting expression of grief, identity, and sense of self through creative writing.  You can check out his post (and an audio reading of it) here on PANKmagazine. 

Is Grief Self-Regarding?

And interesting, albeit extremely abstract and theoretical, discussion on the tendency of grief to make us selfish from the perspective of a philosopher.  Selfishness gets a bad rap.  What I appreciated about this article when I read it was the objective eye with which the Pohl looks at grief and its potential connection to egoism.  If you don’t love theoretical and academic, I’d skip this one.  But if you do, check out the article on Philosophy Now.

Gratitude

Three of my links are little heavier and more abstract than usual today, so I thought I would end with a video.  Coming back around to the topic of gratitude, photographer Louie Schwartzberg created an incredible video using his own time-lapsed video from around the world.   A powerful reflection on gratitude that was just the kick in the butt I needed when I was feeling sorry for myself this week.

Let’s be grief friends.

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