This week Awesome Stories brings you innovative libraries, heartbreak for love, joyful jumping and ordinary magic.
Netherlands is home to one of the world’s busiest and most innovative libraries. In planning their Nieuwe Bibliotheek, the city of Almere put aside most traditional plans and decided to make their library more like a bookstore. The whole process was oriented around what the patrons wanted rather than what was traditional. They organized the materials by topics, added a thriving cafe with entertainment, and a sharing resource called Seats2meet. In S2M locations, patrons are empowered to share their talents with one another in exchange for free, co-working space. We are fortunate to have the award winning Fayetteville Pulic Library, but I wouldn’t mind visiting Almere’s new library.
Love and Heartbreak
The hope for a purely spiritual, unconditional love is more often a coded desire for immunity and safety, an attempt to forgo the trials of vulnerability, powerlessness and the exquisite pain to which we apprentice ourselves in relationship, marriage, raising children and work we love.
David Whyte has some interesting reflections on love, relationships and heartbreak. It’s tempting to see his view as pessimistic in saying that there is no escaping heartbreak. In fact, he suggests that heartbreak is necessary for growth and learning to let go of our limited views and understandings on love. True love requires us to learn about forgiveness, mercy, pain, letting go and much more. A few years ago, I would have argued for unconditional love and acceptance. Now, I tend to agree with David. What do you think?
Jump for Joy! Mural
I’ve written before about Eyoälha Baker and her wonderful photography project called Jump for Joy! Eyoälha’s mission is to spread joy by photographing people while jumping. Her latest project is a public mural in Vancouver. They are still looking for pledges, so if her work inspires you, please consider helping her fundraise for the mural. She’s offering some fun rewards! 🙂
it was the most casual of moments, not mystical as the word is usually meant, for there was no vision, or anything extraordinary at all, but only a sudden awareness of the citizenry of all things within one world. ~ Mary Oliver
This article has good reminders on finding ways to bring happiness into our daily lives. When we fully embrace the moment, we come alive with vibrancy, presence, and if we are lucky, a little magic! This article talks about some of the ways to open the doors to magic in the ordinary. It draws heavily on the books and writing of Mary Oliver, who describes that delicious sense of connection with the whole when we lose our self into the moment. I’m grateful for these moments of grace, connection and peace that come in nature or when I am completely present with the moment. All of a sudden, life goes from ordinary to extraordinary, not from our doing, but from our being or awareness. I also love Mary Oliver’s poetry, which rings with vibrancy and appreciation for the subtleties in life.
May your heart be full of magic, love and joy!