It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
Although Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to gratitude and thankfulness, it more frequently also brings up feelings of angst, frustration and being misunderstood by our loved ones. However, no group of people suffers more on Thanksgiving than those who have been forced to be part of the great myth surrounding the founding of this country, Native American people. I think that the posted introduction to this episode of the “With Friends Like These” podcast says it best.
This week Ed Schupman (manager of the Native Knowledge 360° Initiative and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma) joins Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) to discuss Thanksgiving and the surrounding myths. Reflecting on the tragedy that underlies Thanksgiving isn’t easy or fun but Ed has made a career of using Thanksgiving as a way into a broader discussion of Native American History. To truly process the gritty, uncomfortable story of Thanksgiving will require reinventing the American educational system. Listen to Ed unpack a perspective on both the American experience and the practice of gratitude, as he argues that we should be thinking about indigenous history year-round, and practicing gratitude year-round as well.
How much sharing is “too much information,” aka TMI? We live in an era of self-disclosure and story-telling but don’t always consider the impact on ourselves of our own oversharing and that of others oversharing their own personal experiences. Setting boundaries is important in healthy relationships. Where is the line for you? What is okay? What isn’t? How do you take care of yourself when awash in too much information from other people?
Accessibility is a major issue for people who are either temporarily or permanently disabled. Rebecca Langbein speaks about her passion for uniting the goals of occupational therapy (helping people to do the activities they both need and want to do in an accessible way) with her engineering skills to design new and exciting tools that allow people to live their best lives as fully functional members of their community. This video is inspirational not only for pointing to what is possible for people after they’ve suffered an accident or are dealing with a chronic illness or disability but also for all able-bodied people. Langbein represents a marvelous example of out of the box thinking and expanded possibilities that will benefit us all.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,