At a certain point I called my husband, Aaron. I said, “I give up. I think we need to go to the store and get this kid some spooky decorations. He’s in his glory out there.”
Some would call this hypergraphia (Dostoevsky was a member of this club), but I trust the weakest pen more than the strongest memory, and note taking is—in my experience—one of the most important skills for converting excessive information into precise action and follow-up.
The second expression (i.e., I get to do it) is the language of privilege. It’s as if we have been given a gift, and we are relishing the opportunity.
If someone succeeds in provoking you, realize that your mind is complicit in the provocation.
When I die, I want the people I’ve helped to be the largest asset I leave behind so that a happier world may be my children’s greatest inheritance. And I believe that can be done one word, one action, and one opportunity, at a time.