Update: For our upcoming Very Special Episode, Holiday edition, we want to hear from you: What’s the thing that’s the essential element of the holiday for you? For instance, for Elizabeth, the essential element of Thanksgiving is stuffing.
And keep sending in those responses to our other holiday question: what’s your Try This at Home for staying happier, healthier, and more productive over the holidays?
In other news, Elizabeth reveals that she has persistent acid reflux. TMI?
Try This at Home — this week, it’s an involuntary try-this-at-home: Get fired. Elizabeth describes the first time she got fired, and why in the end, it made her feel more free. Of course, we recognize that many people would say that getting fired had no upside for them. She’s talking about her personal experience. It’s about dealing with the thing you fear, and learning that you can move forward.
Know Yourself Better Question: Would you like to have more time to spend with friends, or more time in solitude — or both?
I mention the journals of May Sarton. In her books, such as Journal of a Solitude, she writes a lot about the difference between solitude and loneliness.
Listener Question: “How do you deal with negative press or hecklers or adversity?”
Gretchen’s Demerit: I felt bad because I’m not that into sports, and I just wasn’t terribly excited about the fact that our hometown team, the Royals, won the World Series. Everyone in Kansas City was so thrilled! I wish I’d felt more excited.
Call for comments, questions, observations!
Have you ever experienced the involuntary try-this-at-home: getting fired? We’d be fascinated to hear your experience.
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