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Editorial: 'Find the good'

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article38566
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 March
Author
Sison, Marites N.
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 March
Volume
142
Issue
3
Page
4
Notes
Sison describes a book she discovered, by serendipity, while browsing the library shelves. "Finding the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer" by Episcopalian Heather Lende. Lende writes for the "Chiliwack News". Asking herself, what piece of wisdom she would wish to live by, the answer came: "Find the good". "Writing obituaries of ordinary people who have come and gone in her small, tight-knit community of Haines, Alaska, has taught Lende 'the value of intentionally trying to find the good in people and situations', she writes. It is a task that can be challenging, but it can be practised, she adds. It can also make for a more meaningful life, something she discovers while digging deeper into the lives of the departed she has to cover in her 'beat' -- particularly those who die young, or are lost to suicide, the lonely, the misfit, the eccentric and oft-misunderstood". "Finding the good isn't an attitude one is supposed to summon up just for big, dramatic events -- as it is, daily life can be a tough slog. As Lende, reminds us, 'We are all writing our obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there's still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press'."
Subjects
Lende, Heather, 1959-
Attitude (Psychology)
Conduct of life
Kindness
Obituaries
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