And really, just stop saying “should” to yourself about your thoughts and feelings in any context. You feel how you feel. The things in your head are the things in your head. You can’t change either directly through sheer force of will. You can only change what you do. Stop beating yourself up for who and what you are right now–it isn’t productive. Focus on moving forward."
MEB says: So much truth/goodness in this.(via maneatingbadger)
bless this precious soul
Heartwarming, and true, too boot!
It was 2 a.m., just a few days before Christmas, in a remote part of Afghanistan. Eight hours into a 16-hour shift, Ryan, a 23-year-old American naval sailor, was standing tense and alert, watching the footage of soldiers undertaking a nearby mission on a screen in front of him.
Suddenly, a hand clapped onto his back. Wheeling around to look at the face of his senior officer, Ryan knew the moment he had feared had come: His superiors had found out that his enlisted paperwork described him as female. Within three hours, he was on a plane."
There’s ‘black comedy’ and then there’s M*A*S*H.
Michael Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at an SUV driven by Jordan Davis and his friends after the SUV began pulling away. The jury deadlocked on whether he murdered Jordan Davis.
Some people are probably confused at…
"The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? When we begin to take the lowest place, to wash the feet of others, to love our brothers with that burning love, that passion, which led to the cross, then we can truly say, ‘Now I have begun.’"
Here’s an extended version of Ms. Day’s quotation from Loaves and Fishes.
Jogging, Poverty and Obesity:
Map of Running Routs Reveals the Privilege of Exercise
FlowingData, using data from fitness apps on smartphones, recently mapped prevalent jogging and cycling routs in various cities across the globe. But the maps show more than frequent jogging lanes. They show a distinct division in neighborhoods based on income, gender and ethnicity. Just look how few routs were mapped in SE.
The Washington Post is probing the idea that these divisions show the reality of wealth, poverty, privilege and obesity, stating:
These results are to be expected. People who can afford to do so tend to prefer living near parks and rivers, where runners also like to run, and the poor are less likely to be able to afford luxuries such as smart phones and fitness apps.
PolicyMic is backing this claim with data published in a recent article in The Atlantic, which states:
… Poverty might make some people obese, but obesity definitely makes many people poorer, through two broad channels: (a) it reduces take-home pay, particularly for women; and (b) it’s related to health conditions that reduce discretionary income, too.
Goes to show there’s truth in data. What started out as a cool “hey, look at this” map has a much more sobering reality.
By the way, it’s worth noting that he’s about to debate climate change skeptic Rep. Martha Blackburn (R-TN) on Meet the Press, a debate that will likely make his head spin kinda like this:
It wouldn’t be the first time this month he’s taken part in such a debate.(via shortformblog)