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.
On April 15, New York City experienced the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In honor of that event, New Yorker writers talked with diverse people of different occupations all over the city to find out what life was actually like in the midst of the pandemic. To quote Adam Gopnik, “One never knows whether to applaud the human insistence on continuing with some form of normal life, or look aghast at the human insistence on continuing with some form of normal life. That’s the mystery of the pandemic.” An excellent cross-section of people living amidst an experience they never imagined possible before now.
I’m both hesitant and excited to recommend “Ducks, Newburyport” by Lucy Ellmann as my book selection this week. First of all, it is a novel and I tend to recommend non-fiction works here. Also, it is over a thousand pages long. That in itself would deter many readers. Finally, the book is essentially one long run-on sentence. It is like a brain dump from the book’s narrator. She is relentless! And yet, despite the energy it takes to read this book, the content is fascinating. If you can get past Ellmann’s style, you’re in for a treat. A perfect read for those days that you want to escape thinking about the pandemic.
Dr. Gordon Neufield is an attachment theory expert. He uses attachment theory to explain why what we are doing in the pandemic is so stressful. Although physical distancing will actually help save lives, psychological distancing does the exact opposite because we are dependent upon our attachments to others for survival. While the video is aimed at parenting in the time of the pandemic, it is applicable for both parents and non-parents alike!
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,