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Art & Soul: The Art Of Well Being - Having Hope In Difficult Times With Author Anne Lamott

Nov 15, 2018

"Almost Everything: Notes on Hope" by Anne Lamott
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With all that is happening in our world, it may sometimes be difficult having hope.  This week, "Art and Soul" is about the art of well being.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to best-selling author and inspirational speaker Anne Lamott about hope.


Anne Lamott
Credit Anne Lamott

The New York Times best-selling author has written a number of books but talks to Lisa Barry about her latest, "Almost Everything: Notes On Hope."

Lamott says it's about everything she's learned in life about hope and hanging on in all sorts of circumstances.  Lamott says "we're designed for hope and joy" but adds it's an "inside job" because it comes from your perspective and life decisions, not from buying things or outside experiences.   

She recommends "radical self-care" and adding goodness and laughter to any situation you encounter.  As Lamott puts it, "Be OK, no matter what."  Saying "laughter is carbonated holiness," Lamott suggests love, self-love, and finding a precious community as ways to keep hope alive in your life.

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."--Anne Lamott

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu