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Dear friends,

I read this book some time ago, and just revisited it on audiobook:

Before we get to the book, I wanted to discuss how I listened to it – not on Audible, but on the Libby app.  If you have a public library card, you can download the Libby app to your phone or tablet, connect your library card, and borrow Kindle or audio versions of books for free.  I kept hearing about this app and it’s amazing – you should try it.  You can also reserve books if no copies are available, and get a notification when they are added to your electronic shelf.

About the book:  You may be familiar with Shonda Rhimes as the creator, writer, and showrunner of Gray’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.  At one time all three of these shows were on television simultaneously (Thursday night was “Shondaland,” with the shows airing one after another).  How does one human being keep up that pace?

She describes it as laying track in front of an oncoming train, and I really like that metaphor.

It’s not about saying “yes” to every request that comes along, but rather, saying “yes” to the right things – the things that will contribute to your health and well-being.  This means saying “yes” to things that are hard.  It may mean saying “yes” to a breakup.  It may mean saying “yes” to working on your physical health, rather than saying “yes” to a pint of ice cream every night.  It’s not about saying “no,” necessarily, but rather about making positive choices.

Sometimes we say “yes” to a social event when we really don’t want to go, but it’s ok if in doing so, we’re saying “yes” to our careers or some other higher goal.  It’s not ok if we’re saying “yes” in order to please someone else.  It’s all about discernment and being clear about what we prioritize.

Going into a new school year, I found these ideas very helpful.  I recommend the audiobook as it’s read by Shonda.  If you are looking for some inspiration in getting your life sorted out, I think you will enjoy this book.