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Some Assembly Required by Anne Lamott
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Apr 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: location-shelf, genre-memoirs-essays-bios
Read from March 30 to April 04, 2012

What a lovely new book from Anne Lamott. I love that her writing is so human, clever, and honest. While the book's main anchor is about her grand-sons first year, she explores her connection to the divine, and nagivating her new relationship with her son, her grand-son, and her grand-sons mother. I have been working on the concept of "keep your eyes on your own mat" - a beautiful idea I first read in a blog by Jessica Berger Gross. Anne, it appears, is working with the same concept. She relays "I practiced releasing them to grow and find their own way" and "It is the most difficult Zen practice to leave people to their destiny, even though it's painful - just loving them, and breathing with them, and distracting them in a sweet way, and laughing with them". "I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that if something was not my problem, I probably did not have the solution". I am taking these ideas to heart, and working on putting them into practice.
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Anne Lamott
“We aren't a drop in the ocean, but are the ocean, in drops.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“This family business can be so stressful - difficult, damaged people showing up t spend time with other difficult, damanged people”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“I recognize the divinity in you, but actually more like, I recognize our each-otherness, instantly”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“You lose the known package of your nice organized self almost instantly here. Overeating is one way back, the way it is at funerals at home.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“You should not bring more items and hurdles to the obstacle course.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“Everything was coming together by coming apart . . . It is the most difficult Zen practice to leave people to their destiny, even though it's painful - just loving them, and breathing with them, and distracting them in a sweet way, and laughing with them . . . if something was not my problem, I probably did not have the solution.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“Don't be mean to yourself, though . . .this is the only sin.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“The single most radical thing I know . . . is that I get to take care of myself.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Anne Lamott
“Life is like a nice fresh batch of Swiss cheese. Note to self: savor the holes, too, like the spaces between musical notes.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son


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