Granted: The case for slow replies, and insights on facing fear and finding hope
Weekends and holidays shouldn’t be time to recover. They should be time to rejoice.
Burnout cultures exhaust us through the week and force us to recharge during our time off. Healthy cultures provide daily space to refuel.
Some perspectives that have helped me refuel lately:
1. Read: When a Doorbell’s Ring Means Hope (Charlotte Maya, NYT)
A heartwarming read about the surprising role of anonymous gestures in the wake of loss.
2. Listen: The Fear Facer (The Daily)
A riveting window into the psychology of overcoming anxiety—at a summer camp that teaches kids to conquer their fears.
3. Watch: How Everyday Interactions Shape Your Future (Mesmin Destin, TED)
A social psychologist reveals how small messages from mentors and role models can have a big impact on our lives.
From my desk
4. Read: Your Email Does Not Constitute My Emergency (NYT)
Apologizing for slow replies is a symptom of unrealistic demands in an always-on culture. How quickly people answer you is rarely a sign of how much they care about you. It’s usually a reflection of how much they have on their plate.