As I write this, I am in the Bay Area of California, having preached yesterday at Valley Presbyterian Church, where I will lead a workshop tonight on how to build relationships as a means of social change.
Yesterday after church I went to Half Moon Bay, where I got to see the Pacific Ocean for the second time in six months. As someone who never saw any ocean until he was 18, the ocean always fills me with joy, and is one of the most beautiful things I know. I have never had an anxiety that hours of staring at the waves could not solve.
I hope you are taking care of yourself where you are, and looking for beautiful things to sustain you.
Here are five things I thought were beautiful
- Apparently the key to lasting relationships is actually being kind to each other. Who knew?
- Today on MLK day, Seth Godin reminds us that the Arc of the Universe does indeed bend, but not by itself.
- My latest Instagram fascination is Kristina Makeeva, who captured these amazing pictures of the ice on Lake Baikal, in Siberia.
- The news agency Reuters published what they believe are the 100 best pictures from 2016. Stunning, actually.
- In The Guardian, Celine Marchbank talks about photographing her mother’s last days. She later published a book of the pictures.
Things I am reading right now:
On the plane Saturday I began reading Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance. So many people have recommended it to me, and, halfway through, I have highlights on nearly every page. She is Buddhist, but the book is accessible (and useful) to everyone.
Since the election, I have had countless conversations with friends about their anxiety and how they are stonewalled. I have felt some of this myself, so I am loving this piece by Eileen Web called Productivity in Terrible Times.
That’s it for this week. I am on the road all week, and time zones have me confused, thus the lateness of today’s letter.
Take care of yourself, and each other.