“Newsletter: Month One Hundred and Eight” by Heather Armstrong (Dooce)
“Even if this hand right here grows to be as big as a house, it will still be a perfect hand.”
You giggled and shook your head. “I won’t be able to pick up a spoon and eat cereal if my hand is THAT big.”
“Well then, I’ll get you a bigger spoon,” I said.
It’s so weird that the same marvelous instrument that brings us imagination and wordplay, narrative instinct, memory, detail, and other amazing things, is the same son of a bitch that whams us with indecision and doubt and self-loathing and creative paralysis every chance it gets. Brains can be jerks. Mine is.
“Big Dreams vs. Realistic Expectations” by Rachelle Gardner
Don’t let the difficulty of the path convince you that you shouldn’t have BIG dreams and BIG expectations. But also, don’t let the difficulty turn you into a bitter person.
“The Way I Am Around You” by Chelsea Fagan
With you, I am generous. I want to be this way because I understand it’s the right thing and I have learned to extract more joy from the act of giving than of receiving. Few things make me happier than seeing your face light up with something I have done for you — a surprise, a gift, a kind word when it is needed most.