. . . another Monday morning. Time to . . .
On Mondays I share a few tidbits and miscellaneous things I discovered over the weekend. A little of this, some of that. Things to amuse, amaze, entertain, or inform. Maybe even something to rev you up!
So. Let's get to it.
"It will not always be summer; build barns."
Wonder who Hesiod is? I did. He was an ancient Greek poet, active around the same time as Homer. (I've taken to Googling any quote authors I don't already know. Just to check. Y'know. To make sure they're not creepy.)
(And why does this quote resonate with me? Well. Because this week, I've been fixated on . . . preparing myself. For fall. For an election that goes to shit. For hunkering down in my house for another several months. Y'know. That.)
Was last week . . . really hard for you? It was for me. And for most of the people I talked to last week. Things just seemed to reach a kind of breaking point for many of us. The All Of It became the Too Much Of It.
I read this article about our now-depleted "surge capacity" that might just explain some of what's happening to us. (Fireworks spelling out a certain person's name on the White House lawn probably has something to do with it, too, I realize.)
"Surge capacity" is defined as a "collection of adaptive systems -- mental and physical -- that humans draw on for short-term survival in actutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters." The article then goes on to explain that the pandemic is not a natural disaster, which tend to play out over short - but intense - periods of time. Pandemics, by contrast, stretch out over a long period of time. With no known end-point. Thus . . . we deplete our surge capacity.
It's a really good article, and I recommend taking the time to read it. Especially if you're feeling rather depleted right about now.
If you like to read, September is always a great month. Many of the year's most-anticipated book releases happen in September (y'know . . . to maximize that pre-holiday "buzz"), and there is much action on the book awards scene, too.
Here are some links to help you follow the "hot books" as they're released this month (and pad your to-read lists, as well).
From the New York Times: 15 Books to Watch for in September
From Book Marks: The Best Reviewed Books of the Week (August 28)
And if you like audiobooks, here's a list from AudioFile of the best audiobooks (from August) for listening.
When it comes to book awards, watch for these announcements coming out in September:
The Women's Prize for Fiction winner will be announced September 9. (Go, Hamnet!)
And the National Book Award long list will be announced the very next day, September 16.
Have you been thinking about moving your body more?
Looking to build up your "surge capacity" again?
Wanting to do something just for you?
Well. Now that September is on our doorstep (new month, new season, new chance to begin), maybe you want to try . . . yoga?
I highly recommend Yoga With Adriene (as I've already mentioned in other posts). Her yoga is accessible, not "weird" (and if you've ever experienced a kooky yoga instructor, you'll know exactly what I mean), and very . . . habit-forming. She has an incredible catalog of classes available on YouTube, so whether you're looking for a gentle stretch or an energetic flow you'll find a class that suits you. She offers many series of classes -- including for those just looking to begin a yoga practice. Best of all, she offers these classes . . . free. (There is also a membership version available with even more classes.)
Each month, Adriene curates her classes around a theme, and publishes an interactive calendar (load the PDF file calendar on your your computer or device, and then click through to each daily workout all month long). The September theme? BUILD. As she says in her latest newsletter . . . "Build new systems and rituals that serve. Build awareness. Build up stamina. Build relationships. Build coonfidence. Re-build up your well of self love and pour, generously."
Maybe some yoga . . . is just what you need! (Click here for the September calendar.)
Looking for something fun in your Instagram feed? Check out @blcksmth for inspiration, color, and a smile!
And . . . that's it for me on this Monday morning.
Here's to a good week for all of us.
(We'll get through this.)
Let's build our "surge capacity" . . . together!