12 truths I learned from life and writing | Anne Lamott
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What is Anne Lamott's first truth that she has learned? 02:57

Anne states the first and truest thing is that all truth is a paradox. Life is filled with heartbreak and beauty, and many other things that are swirled together.


How does Anne view helping others? 04:17

Help is an inside job. If it's someone else’s problem, you probably don’t have the answer anyway. Our help is usually not helpful, but toxic. Help is a sunny side of control and we should stop helping so much.


What is her view on self-care? 06:09

Radical self-care is quantum, and it radiates out into the atmosphere from you. It’s a huge gift to the world.


What does Anne say the secret to life is? 07:16

Everything that happens to you is yours to tell. Every writer writes terrible drafts, but they keep their butt in the chair. Writers do it by prearrangement with themselves, they do it as a debt of honor, and they tell stories that come through them one day at a time.


What is spiritual WD-40? 11:40

Grace, or water wings. It is what changes us, heals us, and heals our world. Grace finds you exactly where you are, but doesn’t leave you where it found you.


What is carbonated holiness? 12:27

Laugher, because it helps us breathe again and again. It also helps us give back to ourselves. This gives us faith in life and each other.


What is something that death taught Anne? 13:32

Wow and yikes. You will never get over these losses and you’re not supposed to. Their absence will be a lifelong homesickness. Death is as sacred as birth.

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