Brain Pickings, the free weekly interestingness digest, released the list of the fourteen best books of this year. My favorite is by Amanda Palmer, “The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help“.
Amanda Palmer plays music I would never listen to, but I am impressed with her as a person. Like Brene Brown, who wrote the foreword for the book, we share so very little in common, except for our humanity and our desire to live compassionately.
Brain Pickings describes her book as “a beautifully written inquiry into why we have such a hard time accepting compassion in all of its permutations, from love to what it takes to make a living, what lies behind our cynicism in refusing it, and how learning to accept it makes possible the greatest gifts of our shared humanity.”
Watch the trailer for her new book and then ask yourself about all the times your life would have been enriched if you had just asked someone else for something you needed. A hug. A dollar. A meal. A listening ear. Some compassion.
Palmer knows about asking and allowing herself to receive. She launched a Kickstarter campaign, asking people to donate $100,000 to finance a new solo album. She received $1.2 million. Here’s her TED talk and the story behind what prompted the book.
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