Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable. ~ Jackie Viramontez

Walk with people who understand that the principal usage of “stoked” is as a verb.

Run from people who use it exclusively as an adjective.

I’ve been on here long enough to know the mastodon terminology, so what I’m about to write isn’t new to me... but I just saw someone post about wanting people to boost his toots, and that made me giggle.

@JeanetteJohnson @JeanetteJohnson

You, & you alone,are responsible for your growth & happiness.

Looking for a relationship to provide it for you, or blaming relationship for being a barrier to it, are flip sides of the same coin.

* important exception: a toxic or abusive rltnshp is, obviously, an actual barrier to health, growth, happiness. Talking here about “garden variety” rltnshps w “garden variety” dissatisfactions. Don’t blame those for unhappiness, & steer clear of others who do. 2/2

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Wisdom: Be wary of anyone who says your relationship with them is either the source of, or the barrier to, their own happiness/personal growth * (see 2nd toot for important asterisk here). Similarly, be wary of that in yourself toward others.

That’s someone - don’t let it be you - who’s still putting the locus of control for their own life outside of them.


Rachel Held Evans as a writer and faith leader was wise, funny, generous, and thoughtful. In person, she was as gracious, welcoming, encouraging, and strong as you’d imagine. What a terrible loss for her family, and for so very, very many who looked to her words for wisdom, insight, courage, and hope. So very, very sad.

'Liminal Space' paper sculpture of a teenage girl using images from beauty magazines, by Swiss born artist Manuela Granziol #womensart

I saved this from Wait But Why years ago.

Needed this reminder today.

It's good to be young, but let's not kid ourselves
It's better to pass on through those years and come out the other side
With our hearts still beating
Having stared down demons
Come back breathing

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

I don't know a lot about . But I've been listening to Pete Holmes' podcast and he talks about him a lot. He was talking about this quote just now. It might be my new favorite.

'You Blew Me Away 8' by sculptor Penny Hardy, sculpture made from found bits of scrap metal, used to create a piece which signifies renewed life and energy #womensart

Learn from a tree today. A tree does not have a false self which seeks to become something that it is not. It simply exists in its treeness, letting itself be swayed by the wind, basking in the sunlight. We have been given this gift of consciousness, but instead of using it to be our true selves, in unity with God, people, and all of creation, we seek to be anything other than what we were created to be. And it makes us miserable.

@emkem I’ve tried to shift my focus from “what should this say to me?” to “what does this say to me?” Right now the usual themes of eternal life, bodily resurrection, and defeat of death/sin are not to compelling. I am gravitating toward resurrection as metaphors for new life from what was dead and living in a way that brings life to others. A counselor once warned me about “shoulding” on myself. I am where I am in my spirituality and saying I “should” be somewhere else is not all that helpful.

Sick people should get medical treatment not because it's 'fair', but because they are sick.

Hungry people should be fed, not because 'fair', but because they're hungry.

Homeless people -> housing, same deal.

So, yeah, forgive student loans. And fix the loan system; it's rapacious.

Fix broken stuff. Relieve suffering. Don't get hung up on fair while others are bleeding out.

Sometimes, being strong for my mom in the face of my dad’s Alzheimer’s feels like more than I can bear. Today’s visit was definitely one of those times. And the person I used to be able to turn to for support & comfort isn’t someone I can turn to anymore. So here I am on mastodon, throwing myself a pity party in front of a bunch of strangers. Kind strangers, of course, but strangers nonetheless. 🙂😢 Much harder to comfort the hurt when the hurt is in the heart rather than the head. 💔

Russian artist Svetlana Petrova decided to add her big ginger cat to some iconic portraits and masterpieces #womensart

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