Love Letter to Life 10.17.2021 About A Breakdown

Dear Life, I receive Maria Popova’s newsletter, BRAINPICKINGS. Her writing is brilliant as are her choices of who she features. This week is especially meaningful, given the “breakdown” I experienced on moving day; not to mention all the ones along the way here after being diagnosed with Lymphoma. I am strong and resilient, AND vulnerable and immunologically compromised. Please take a minute today to read this. Insightful.
Yours Truly, Pamela Rose

Maria Popova quoting Alain de Botton, The School of Life
“With his characteristic eloquence and sensitivity, Alain de Botton offers a mighty antidote to that mythos in a portion of The School of Life: An Emotional Education”…
“A breakdown is not merely a random piece of madness or malfunction; it is a very real — albeit very inarticulate — bid for health and self-knowledge. It is an attempt by one part of our mind to force the other into a process of growth, self-understanding and self-development that it has hitherto refused to undertake. If we can put it paradoxically, it is an attempt to jump-start a process of getting well — properly well — through a stage of falling very ill.”
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“In the midst of a breakdown, we often wonder whether we have gone mad. We have not. We’re behaving oddly, no doubt, but beneath the agitation we are on a hidden yet logical search for health. We haven’t become ill; we were ill already. Our crisis, if we can get through it, is an attempt to dislodge us from a toxic status quo and constitutes an insistent call to rebuild our lives on a more authentic and sincere basis. It belongs, in the most acute and panicked way, to the search for self-knowledge.”

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