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by Anne Muhlethaler @annvi
Image credit Tim Ferriss Show

Anne Lamott talks about her inner critic

I was standing with a sea of tourists at Mykonos port, waiting to be herded onto a gigantic ferry, in boiling heat of the midday sun, when I listened to this interview by Tim Ferriss of writer Anne Lamott.
That morning, I’d managed to injure my left calf while attempting to catch a ball (read playing tennis), so I was also limping while pushing my suitcases around. You’ll agree that these are not optimal conditions for any listening experience, yet I fell in love with Anne Lamott right then and there while breathing in the ferry fumes. It was so good that I had another listen a few days later and wrote down several quotes which felt too important to miss. Listen here
Coincidentally, I’d forgotten to include this in last week’s digest, but a friendly reminder got me to her Ted Talk, which is a wonderful and condensed introduction to her thoughtful and humorous soul.
Here is the first truth she shares, which you can watch around 2m20 in her talk:

'Number 1: The first and truest thing is that all truth is a paradox.

Life is both a precious, unfathomably beautiful gift, and it’s impossible here on the incarnational side of things. It’s been a very bad match for those of us who were born extremely sensitive.
It’s so hard and weird that we sometimes wonder if we’re being punked.

It’s filled simultaneously with heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, desperate poverty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart; all swirled together.
I don’t think it’s an ideal system.'

Unmissable. Watch here

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