Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- I had some Amazon gift cards, so I decided to do a bit of shopping. I got a poncho, which is something I’ve never had before, and it’s like wearing a blanket.
- I wasted large amounts of time looking for information for my work in progress about a link between toxic positivity and mental illness. But toxic positivity isn’t a validated construct, so I’ve been pulling search terms out of my ass and getting results that aren’t what I’m looking for. What I’m looking for may not exist at all, but I feel like there’s got to be something. And it’s not actually necessary, but my brain doesn’t generate a lot of spontaneous thought, so it helps to have research findings to anchor onto.
- It was interesting to see people’s responses to the post I did earlier in the week about mental illness and decision-making style. We have a lot of shared experiences, but also a lot of diversity.
- I’m not thrilled with my best friend right now. I won’t go into it here, but it’s an issue I’ve brought up mental times and it doesn’t get addressed, and I’m getting rather tired of it.
I also wanted to mentioned Stayed on Freedoms Call, a short book by Shira of ShiraDest that’s available free on Internet Archive. It offers fascinating insights into how relationships developed through the years between Jewish and African-American communities in Washington DC. I found it particularly interesting that “By 1950 Black and Jewish protesters in and around Washington, DC were jointly picketing on the premise that ‘anti-semitism is kin to Jim-Crowism’.” With all the division and strife in the world, coming together is as important now as it’s ever been, and this book is certainly a step in the right direction.
How has your week been?