Last night two friends and I went to see Anne Lamott present her newest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Lamott is one of my favorite authors. She’s funny, vulnerable, irreverent, and REAL. I love the combination of real and funny. She makes me laugh and cry at the same time, which is kind of a nice thing. Lamott understands that life is a paradox: “There is so much going on that flattens us, that is huge, scary, or simply appalling. We’re doomed, stunned, exhausted and overcaffeinated. And yet, outside my window, yellow roses bloom, and little kids horse around, making a joyous racket.” (Almost Everything: Notes on Hope., p. 2)

Last night, Lamott said something that resonated with me on a deep level: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

I’m forever calling my oldest son—the tech-savvy one—and saying, “why isn’t my printer (Roku, computer, phone, you-name-it) working?!”

The first question he invariably asks: Did you try unplugging it, Mom?

Everything needs to be unplugged and re-booted from time to time.

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