You've heard it before: we're a sum of our experiences. And for avid readers we also become a sum of our best reads. You know you've read a good book when the words were powerful enough to change you a little, or changed the way you looked at something. It's why we read. We believe in the power of words to transform us and everything around us. So today we reflected on lessons we learned from books and we have shared them below.
What I learned: There is no specific way to try and help a troubled loved one. But the best thing you can do, and the most important thing to do, is to listen and let them know you're there for them no matter what.
What I learned: Sarah Schulman taught me to veer away from the urge to "cancel" people I vehemently disagree with or think have wronged me, to listen to what their fears and apprehensions are, and to work together towards a new, peaceful equilibrium.
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