It's been a pretty rough week. Beyond the usual emotional dissonance caused by poverty, ongoing wars, gang violence and heart disease, this has been a week of dramatic pain. It's hard to escape. Right now every single radio station and TV station, every single Facebook page and website, is devoted to covering the manhunt going on for a 19-year-old in Boston. I'm not going to link to it. You don't need another link.
Also: a fertilizer plant blew up in Texas killing a LOT of people and we aren't even talking about that one yet.
So, if you're like me, you didn't sleep that well last night and you are stressed-out and you feel sad and a bit hopeless about the whole state of everything. Friends, the skull on my desk has some ideas about what you can do to make yourself feel a bit better. Please join him below. Please note, the skull isn't meant to be ghoulish or make light of death. Instead, it's a reminder of our impermanence:
This is Step 1. Do it first. Now do it again.