So here’s a project that I really would like to follow through on:
America is in a tough spot and has been for some period of time. This has caused considerable psychological woe. Many of us have had personal bouts. Public life has compounded things. What has helped you get through? Meaningful, joyous, frivolous, momentary. Book, TV show, sermon, image, life story. What has been the Lembas bread* on the barren road? What has served you when all else fails? Reply to the Tweet that sent you here. I’ll collect and reprint at some point when I get past the duties of covering this moment. UPDATE: I’ve decided to let the comments speak for themselves. So read the comments and get what you can. My answer: The writings of Harry Emerson Fosdick, running regularly, and the delivery mechanisms for salutary habit formation created by Marshall Goldsmith (who I wrote about here) and the really wonderful book Atomic Habits, by James Clear.
*Lembas bread: “Eat little at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labour, even if he be one of the tall Men of Minas Tirith.” — The Fellowship of the Ring.