Midweek Matters for October 24

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Midweek Reminders

You matter.
You are enough.
You are loved.
You choose your mindset.
You are not alone.

Quote of the Week

This Week’s Treasures and Inspirations

A podcast so good it made my heart hurt

Needing some intense self care, I went out on a long walk last week. (Pacific NW peeps: If you haven’t done the Ebey’s Landing loop trail, it’s amazing!!) On my drive there I listened to Debbie Millman’s 2017 podcast with Seth Godin. I lovedthis whole talk. As a writer and entrepreneur, it reminded me why I do what I do, what matters to me, and what I want my work to mean. But also, the last few minutes (starting at 51:53) reminded me about the courage we need in these difficult times. When I was done listening to this podcast I turned off the radio so I could just think about it in silence. What is each of us bringing to the world? Contempt is contagious … but so is courage. In which way will you show up? Which of us will be the brave person to break the cycle?

A word our souls crave to hear

After listening to the Debbie Millman podcast with Seth Godin, I was reminded how much I love Seth Godin. I went to iTunes and sought out other podcasts he’s done or been a part of. I found his new podcast, Akimbo. Episode 2 is titled  I See You. In it, Seth talks about the the Zulu word Sawubona, which means I (we) see you. Not in the sense of “I see you standing there,” but rather in a much deeper sense of “I see who you are.”

I went digging to find out more. Check out the video at The Global Oneness Project site, which shares this about the word: “Youth worker and community leader Orland Bishop explains the meaning of the Zulu greeting Sawubona (“We see you”) as an invitation to a deep witnessing and presence. This greeting forms an agreement to affirm and investigate the mutual potential and obligation that is present in a given moment. At its deepest level, Orland explains, this “seeing” is essential to human freedom.”

What to Watch

River on Netflix

I’m on a one-woman mission to get more people to watch Riveron Netflix. If you like crime dramas and shows that dive into the human psyche, this may be for you.

IMDb describes it thusly: “John River is a brilliant police inspector whose genius lies side-by-side with the fragility of his mind. He is a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.”

Is it any good? Well, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, if that means anything to you.

Be sure to give it at least a full episode before you decide whether to keep watching. My assessment is that the plot is actually just average, but the acting, the directing, the cinematography, and the concept are all exceptional and brilliant. Watching the main character cope (or not cope) with his loss is so poignant it’s almost painful at times.

If you’re looking for more ideas, I recently asked my peeps for more recommendations for Netflix or Amazon Prime. What did they suggest? Here’s the list, without commentary as I haven’t watched most of them.

Amazon Prime: Orphan Black, Ordeal by Innocence, Tin Star, Red Oak, The Honorable Woman, Goliath, Sneaky Pete, Bosch, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Netflix: Atypical, Ozark, Marcella, Bloodline, Occupied, Rake, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Peaky Blinders, The Sinner, Mindhunter (I have watched; excellent; extremely creepy but mesmerizing), Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Daredevil.

Laugh of the Week

When Accidental Mass-Email Goes Very Very Right

If you’ve ever sent an email you didn’t mean to send (or, what’s worse, a mass email you didn’t mean to send), you’ll relate to this one. The photo says it all. “US Embassy Apologizes for Accidental Mass-Mailing of Invitation for ‘Cat Pajama-Jam Party’.” All I want to know is, why wasn’t I invited??


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