Change is...
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” — Albert Einstein 
The five:
  1. What drives people to reject the truth, and why do we trust our lying mind over the facts? Maybe it’s all related to the idea that, as Yuval Noah Harari writes, “humans are a post-truth species”.  Also, on a somewhat related note, identity is far more complex than we assume, so it might be worth backing away from using “as a [insert identity description here]” in conversations and speaking up more as ourselves 💰. Though sometimes it’s not about speaking up. Sometimes it’s about being silent to make room for others to speak, as this trans man articulates in this wonderful piece 💰. Speaking of identity, bias can keep us from hearing others’ voices, and here’s what to do with your implicit bias
  2. This is why songs of the summer sound the same 💰, and if you’re going to Tokyo this summer (or any time of the year), be prepared to stand in line. Standing in line is a pretty calm activity, but what about high pressure ones? If you’ve ever been in a high-pressure situation and choked, this podcast is for you. Meanwhile, if you’re looking ahead to the fall, “Goodbye, Christopher Robin” comes out in Sept., meanwhile here’s a fascinating piece on A.A. Milne, and the curse of Winnie-the-Pooh. Speaking of movies, when are they going to start making films like The Fugitive again? (‘Glad I’m not the only one who misses that action movie genre…) 
  3. There’s a book called " One Thousand Ways to Make $1,000”, and Warren Buffett really likes it, and it’s apparently very inspiring (if the book is too much, here’s a list of 20 challenges you can take on to change your financial future). Also, ‘brainy' books are all the rage right now. Meanwhile, those workers hit hardest by the recession are starting to reap the benefits of the recovery. This is happening even as the decline and fall of the American Empire and the decline and fall of Diet Coke reportedly continues (speaking of Diet Coke, here’s a call to give up soda entirely). Also, what good is a booming economy if no one is enjoying it? Enter ‘Americanitis’
  4. As someone who really enjoyed this pieces on how to get a great education online for free, this piece advocating for taking screens out of the learning experience is a nice counterpoint. Ultimately, though, my mantra is “always be learning”, and it’s apparently the mantra of some pretty successful folks as well
  5. Here are two ways of “improving decision-making” and the three stages of giving bad news well, and it’s important to remember that knowledge is meaningless without action, but that doesn’t mean you need to do everything. In fact, here are 10 things mentally strong people have given up to gain inner peace and 33 ways to be an insanely productive, happy, and balanced person. In the end, though, the meaning of life may simply be life itself

💰 = Paywall, though please do consider paying to read what people write. Writers like to eat too. (Apologies if I miss one…) 

How to navigate change ⛵
Change is constant, and navigating change is one of the most difficult things we do in life. When change strikes, what was once a mild lapping of the waves at the side of your life boat becomes a maelstrom. It can leave you feeling sick to your stomach and angry with yourself for inviting the change or not coping with it better than you thought.  

The most important thing I’ve learned about navigating change is this: change is opportunity in disguise. When everything around you starts to change, it’s an invitation to seize new opportunities you might not otherwise have had. In the rush to get things back to “normal”, it’s easy to miss those opportunity or to brush them aside. Instead, don’t be afraid to slow down, take stock and think about as many possibilities as you can and challenge every assumption. Embrace the ambiguity and enjoy the journey (and I say this as someone who always has her eye on the destination).  

The second most important thing I learned is this: be kind to yourself. You are your greatest resource in the midst of a change storm. Take naps, eat really good food, enjoy time with people, and treat yourself to little things. Go for long walks, and build in time to be with yourself or people who really make you feel amazing. Take control where you can, and design your change experience. 

Here’s the last thing I learned about navigating change: it will happen again … and again … if you’re doing it right. Change is how we learn and improve. When I get too comfortable in a place, I get worried. I worry because I always want to get stronger. Change breaks us in big and small ways, and, as we heal, we get stronger in the broken places. So, change can be very good for us over the long term. 

As the fall season approaches, and the leaves change, the kids head back to school, folks come back from vacations, and things kick into a new gear, I hope you’ll rip off change’s mask to see the opportunities, be kind to yourself, and embrace the chance to grow stronger.  
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