Oh. My. Frickin’ FSM. Talk about dodging a bullet. Okay, a metaphorical bullet, true, but one that had the potential to be big and messy and traumatic and possibly other stuff.
Caution: cursing ahead.
I watched another video from the TEDxUNR event in January. Not because one of my friends linked to it, this time; it showed up in my feed because I’m following TEDxUniversityofNevada on the Book of Face. But the title caught me:
Psychological flexibility: How love turns pain into purpose. The presenter is Steven Hayes, a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, and it is…well, both difficult and profound. Definitely worth the watch, though, so I’ll see you back here in 20, give or take a little.
Again, my plan on the way home was to start this much earlier in the evening so I could maybe catch up another day — and again, I spent rather a lot of time pottering around on the Intertubes instead of writing. Points for me, though, in that some of it was watching, a couple more times, the TEDxUNR video for the Day 81 alias 2/15/16 post. Partly to be sure it did in fact hit the points I thought it hit (it did), and partly because it was a damned good presentation all on its own.
I therefore present to you, in all its glory, the last of the Three Relevant Things: the Thought-Provoking Video!
Before I write up what should have been Day 80, a.k.a. 2/14/16, a health update:
FEELING BETTER!! The glue-in-the-sinuses feeling? Almost gone. Coughing-until-breathless? Nope. Still a bit of a cough, but even less annoying than yesterday.
I like this part. Now to figure out how to get my I-don’t-get-sick superpower back… 😉
Anyway, I intended to write this earlier in the evening in the hope of also cranking through Day 81 (that is, yesterday). And instead I’ve been scrolling around on the Book of Face, reading linked articles, writing the occasional phrase mentally but not on the blog. This sort of self-delaying tactic usually pops up for me for one of two reasons: I’m more bored with the topic than I thought I’d be, or it’s hitting closer to home than I like.
Despite the fact I planned to write the post expressly because A Thing on the Internet hit home.
Brains. Funny old things, aren’t they? It shall not, however, defeat me; Day 79 was the Meaningful Cartoon, and so today I share with you The Resonant Blog Post!
My friends The Novelists were invited to participate in the local TEDxUNR event in January. Video of their part is supposed to be available this month — with any luck, tomorrow, one of them thinks — but in the meantime, he posted this presentation by Jon Foreman, co-founder/lead singer/etc. of the band Switchfoot (and a solo artist and collaborator with…more people than I can count right now). It’s about 20 minutes long, and if you don’t go watch it, the rest of this post may make rather less sense than otherwise. So please click the link and go watch; I’ll wait…
Today is the fourth anniversary of the day I left my house for the last time. The link goes to a post I wrote on 1/1/2014 about that point in my life. I’m not going to rehash it — I’m not sure I have the strength to, honestly. If you’re interested, feel free to check it out, and if not, no worries. 😉
I’d like to concentrate in this post on what I think I learned from an experience I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.