People are Funny

I wander around FB and Linked-In, Twitter and Instagram from time to time, people watching. It’s a more intimate glimpse than what we have at the coffee shop, right? Even if half of it is posturing and bravado, it’s still a fascinating look at what’s going on with us and what we’re willing to share.

I don’t see much that’s terrible – well, some of the news stories are really painful and sad. Of course those aren’t the ones that make me the cry as much as the survivor stories, the teacher everyone loved, the heroic whoever – those are the ones that leave me on the verge of sobbing.

But the people I see posting on my timeline aren’t terrible, they aren’t hateful or mean. They’re just ordinary people trying to do the right thing, even the ones who don’t quite know what that is or who imagine it as something very different from what I think it is.

I see so many people who are trying so very hard, and who judge themselves so harshly when they don’t live up to whatever incredibly high standard they had set in their own heads. You see those folks too, don’t you? And maybe you are one of them.

Somebody at Psychology Today wrote this article: What if You’re Not the Only One Having Trouble Functioning? I sent it to a couple of people I know who are giving themselves a hard time. but I’m leaving it here cause I think you might need it too. Yeah, you. And yeah, fuck yeah, me too.

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves. — Pema Chödrön

4 thoughts on “People are Funny

  1. Hi Olivia, I love the quote and thank you for sharing the article. While I am genrrally feeling ok, I definitely said yes to a number of the questions and do feel a level of guilt too being home when colleagues are at work, though I know I’m not the only one home.

    It is a very strange and uncertain time and I think most of us at least have periods of anxiety.


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    • Thanks, Roz, I’m glad you liked the quote. Yeah, I don’t think any of us are living anxiety free these days – how could we? Glad you’re generally feeling ok!!


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