I’m a tinkerer and a soul-searcher (as my long-time readers well know). So, it should come as no surprise that this newsletter is going through another transformation. More accurately, I’m getting closer and closer to building a sustainable model that keeps me engaged in the work and hopefully, you as a reader.
To that end, the Not Another Diet
series will have three more installments to completion. I will continue to discuss physical health as part of the newsletter’s more holistic focus on what makes a good life.
A good life is a comprehensive endeavor. It’s the slow, thoughtful business of understanding the systems we live in and how they affect us. It’s learning about ourselves, our parents, and our children. It’s welcoming change and diminishing our egos. It’s accepting loss, exploring our world and creating change. It’s forgiveness, bravery, and figuring out how to get out of our own way. It’s grief. It’s love. It’s learning when to stay put and when to leave. Sometimes, it’s just taking a walk.
What qualifies me to tackle all of this? Nothing more than a willingness to try and a desire to keep growing as a person. I teach to learn.
I’m 48, with two cancer diagnoses under my belt. Both things still shock me. Instead of paralysis or pretending that I can fight my way to living forever, I’m digging in to meaningful ideas and the power they have to improve our lives. Sometimes that might be how bad urban planning increases depression and poverty. Others, how and when to do things that scare you.
The new format means I’m going to select a topic and explore it in a few issues, then take a break to recharge. The idea is to allow for diversity of thought, and the needed downtime to come back with enthusiasm. If you have a suggestion for a topic, hit reply and send it to me.
I know this, our lives matter right up to the end. I’m doing my best to honor that idea. I hope you’ll join me.