Today I’m honored to be participating in the One Small Change series over at Addie Zierman’s blog. Addie is a gifted writer and a sweet lady, and even though we didn’t get to chat for nearly long enough I loved meeting her and her husband in Chicago in September. Her memoir, When We Were on Fire, is one of the best things I read in 2013.
Addie asked us to share one small, doable thing we were doing to change the world. She wrote, “when I figured out that I could actually do one small thing, I felt empowered to do other small things…and that in the end, this is how the world is changed. Regular people doing small, regular things.”
I quit watching the news a long time ago. I don’t read much coverage these days, either. I’m not proud of this, but this healthy boundary prevents my over-empathizing self from falling apart after the top-of-the-hour news reports or a half hour with the Sunday paper.
But I recognize it is patently unfair to shut out the sorrows of the world because I can.
And so I choose to enter in, through the written word, because though the news buries me with everything that’s going wrong in this world, a book opens the window to another….
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Speaking of best books of the year: Shauna Niequist’s Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table is just $1.99 for Kindle right now. Definitely one of my top 5 for 2013. Go grab yours now!