You know how sometimes you read something and it just sticks with you? Well these links below are those kind of pieces for me. Each article has been something that I keep finding myself thinking about and/or hearing myself referring to. They’re all really different and I hope you can take something from them too.
*** This first piece is a fascinating essay written from the perspective of a pig farmer who has started to believe that killing animals is wrong. I’m not a vegetarian and probably never will be but I also get frustrated with people who say ignorant things like ‘If we’re not supposed to eat animals, why are they made of meat?’ I personally only ever want to eat animals if I know they have been killed humanely so this was a brutally interesting essay for me.
***This article is one of the best things I’ve read all year. It’s about dealing with grief and the support you can offer to people who have gone through a tragedy. I like the suggestion that in tough times, there are fire-fighters and builders. Fire-fighters are the friends who turn up when something terrible has happened and they help you through the immediate crises. Builders are the friends who maybe didn’t know what to say or do during the tragedy, but they come afterwards and help you rebuild your life after everyone else has gone back to their own world. Apparently very few people can perform both roles. I’d like to think that I could be both things for my friends if the time came.
***This post made me think of my friend Justine. We often talk about how we’re scared of offending or upsetting people, so we go along to things or spend time with people when we really don’t want to. The short article is about how making those kind of choices is all about fear and not about love. Good food for thought.
***Have you read this excerpt from Rob Lowe’s book? It’s about sending his son off to college. Rob is such a wonderful writer! He has the most beautiful way with words and now I really want to read his whole memoir.
*** This article reminded me that we must always strive to be kind and thoughtful. When I first came across this story, I almost didn’t read it because I found the first photo to a bit much. But what a beautiful story. It was a balm to my heart. In life, we all need to show up with open eyes and open hearts and reach out to people in different ways.
***This interview with someone who lives in a teeny, tiny space is something I found really cute. I love how she says that safe and cosy small spaces have always made her feel safe. And it’s a good reminder that you can live in a small space and still have a big life.
Have you read anything lately that you care to share?