Glorious imperfection, the heart of growth

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The Definitive Manifesto for Handling Haters: Anne Lamott on Priorities and How We Keep Ourselves Small by People-Pleasing

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What makes Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (public library) so timelessly rewarding and one of the greatest books on writing of all time is that besides her wisdom on the craft, Lamott extends enormous sensitivity to and consolation for the general pathologies of the human condition — our insecurities, our social anxieties, our inner turmoils. Among her most powerful and memorable meditations in the book is that onhow our perfectionism kills the creative spirit— something she revisited recently in a short essay on her Facebook page, spurred by a surge in negative comments and vicious troll attacks. (In wrangling a Facebook page of my own with nearly two million “fans,” I empathize — among the first things one learns on such a scale is that the spectrum of human intelligence and kindness is very wide, and the most vocal people tend to fall on its lowest end.) Keep Reading…

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