We all wish we could fix our lives. And it works!
Until it doesn't.
Until we lose someone we love. Or an addiction ruins the family vacation. Or our parents die. Or we never get that baby. Or we lose our financial security. Or, I don't know, a global pandemic takes away all of our plans.
Until we realize that we are Fragile. Finite. Prone to hangryness. And just... human, again today. And maybe that isn't such a bad thing.
My name is Kate Bowler. I'm a professor at Duke University. A wife. A mom. and... at age 35 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, which was not exactly something I would have picked either.
How do we live alongside the things we didn't choose? The things we can't get back? How do we learn to live when our lives can't be so easily fixed ... like the wellness and self-help culture would like to convince us?
Join me for this season of the Everything Happens Podcast where I will speak to thinkers, authors, experts, comedians, and actors about what they’ve learned in difficult times. Together, we will break down common formulas for how to live… mine them for their truths, and, hopefully, discover something thicker, richer for how to live, beautifully in our actual, fragile lives and broken bodies and delicate relationships.
Because there’s no cure for being human. But we are all good medicine.
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In this special episode, Kate visited the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace in London.
In this funny and poignant conversation, the Archbishop and Kate discuss:
Why sometimes we feel God’s love (or don’t)
How to pray when you have run out of words (he gives us...
How is it that joy and pain seem to coexist at once? Susan Cain (author of the bestseller Quiet) explores this question in her new book, Bittersweet.
In this conversation, Kate and Susan discuss:
How we are literally hardwired for compassion
Susan’s advice for pushing back against compassion...