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Congratulations, You’re Loved Just Because

On the Scandal and the Return of Comedian Chris D’Elia

When Majesty Stooped: Princess Diana and the Incarnation

On the English Royal Symbol of What Christ’s Life Meant to People and for the World

The Queen of Yoga and the Goodness of God

Goodness is an Extraordinarily Versatile Word

The Thankfulness of Michael J. Fox

On Optimism Grounded in Gratitude and Grace

Jerry Seinfeld Discovers a Bottomless Pool of Energy

This is too good not to have its own post. In a Zoom interview for Sirius XM back in late May, Howard Stern asked Jerry Seinfeld if it is possible to will yourself to get better at something, e.g. your craft, your life, etc. Both men had just watched The Last Dance docu-series about Michael Jordan, and Howard felt that he had consciously willed himself to become a better talk show host. Here’s Jerry’s response, which is for the ages:

I’m going to adjust your perspective a little bit here. That was not will. What you were using, what Michael Jordan uses, what I use, it’s not will. It’s love. When you love something, it’s a bottomless pool of energy. That’s where the energy comes from, but you have to love it, sincerely — not because you’re going to make money from it or be famous or get whatever you want to get. When you do it because you love it, then you can find yourself moving up and getting really good at something you wanted to be good at. Will is like not eating dessert or something that is just forcing yourself. You can’t force yourself to do — to be — what you have made yourself into. You can love it. Love is endless. Will is finite.

On the Rachel Hollis Divorce: Girl, Here’s Some Mercy

Relishing Other People’s Struggles Just Reminds Me How Little I Believe in Mercy for Myself

Bo Burnham and a Cameo of Happiness

Kanye Rants, Anxiety, and the Insatiable Search for Meaning and Happiness

The Ministry of Weirdness, Courtesy of The Rev. Alfred Yankovic

Or, the Gospel According to Weird Al

Remembering Sy Sperling — and Your Pastor, Minister, or Priest

The Professionals are the Clients, Too

Miss Americana and the Heartbreaking Impossibility of Being Good

When Being the “Good Girl” Isn’t Good

Run to the Rescue with Love

Joaquin Phoenix’s Hollywood Sermon

Sitting Shiva for Kobe: On the Complicated Nature of Grief, and Humans

Public Grief is a Messy Thing, and We Don’t Do It Well — I Include Myself in This Claim