2016 At Sunset…


Many I know are glad to be exiting 2016.  It’s been a rough year for more than a few.  I know parents who have lost children, children who have lost parents, friends who have lost neighbors, clients who have lost family, friends, and coworkers.  Of course, the surge of celebrity deaths in 2016 has certainly given many folks reason to pause and consider this as a bad year.

And then, the election happened…

As I tap the last few drops off my own 2016 and prepare to tuck it back behind my zipper, I reflect that this has been an important year in my life, and a very good one, overall.

In 2016 I began listening to my own BS, possibly for the very first time.  This process has helped me better understand who I am, set against the backdrop of learning who I’m not – finally.

In 2016 I was reminded what alcohol still can’t accomplish.

In 2016 I admitted to myself what love really is – by learning the hard way what it isn’t – yet again.

In 2016 not only did I not lose anybody I was close with, but I might actually have found myself – at least for now.

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As the sun sets on 2016, I am glad to have gained all I have gained….

In 2016, above all things, I have come to terms with admitting my cultural and social sensibilities.  That is, I am proud of my beliefs, now more than ever, and I am no longer afraid to hide them.

I’m one of those people of who rather read 1 book 100 times than to read 100 different books.  In 2016 I have read or listened to all the books listed below at least a couple of times this year.  Many though, I have read or listened to multiple times in recent years.

Though they are not the only books I have read in my post-divorce life, these are the books which have most cultivated my adult sensibilities.

They are all available via www.amazon.com, and all but Among Empires via www.audible.com.  I have listed them in no particular order.

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1.      Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo And The Betrayal Of American Values, Philippe Sands

2.      Nonzero: The Logic Of Human Destiny, Robert Wright

3.      Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty, Steve Waldman

4.      The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker

5.      Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors, Charles S. Maier

6.      The Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, Leonard Mlodinow

7.      The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Huma History, Brian Fagan

8.      Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage from Birth to Immortality, Harold Schulweis

9.      Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson, Jennifer Michael Hecth

10.  Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Eboo Patel

11.  The Limits Of Power: The End American Exceptionalism, Andrew Bacevich

12.  The Irony Of American History, Reinhold Niebuhr

13.  The Compleat Angler, Isaak Walton

14.  The Evolution Of God, Robert Wright

15.  The Religions Of Man, Huston Smith

16.  The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism,  Fritjof Capra

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4 responses

  1. Finding who you are and who you aren’t is the best discovery a person can make. Thank you for the reminder that I need to embrace rediscovery on a daily basis and allow myself to be surprised, disappointed, proud and challenged. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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