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Aug 26, 2014
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4 Mysteries That Shape Every Thinking Woman’s Life

Emma Brockes, author of She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me, explains how questions with no right answers can be confounding—and can also crack open a whole new set of possibilities.

By Emma Brockes

The great thing about unanswerable questions is that, being unanswerable, there are no right or wrong ways to respond to them. How each of us chooses to reach a conclusion becomes both a test and a measure of our character. It is by picking answers to these unknowable questions that we learn how to shape the story of our lives.

Would I Have Been Happier If…?

This is the question we all drag behind us, like a sack of rocks that slows us down and makes it hard to execute clean decisions. Unlike other unknowables — is there a God? will I fit into these jeans again? where do pigeons go at night? — thinking about this question will never lead to enlightenment. Once you have made a decision, everything that comes after it, depending on your disposition, either skews in the direction of validating your choice or fans the flames of regret. Only one thing is guaranteed: that while you may, in fact, have been happier taking another direction, you will never, ever be happy in a state of dithering, unresolved, regret-soaked uncertainty. At the risk of sounding like a badly translated fortune cookie, to make a choice correctly, you have to decide it’s the right choice.

What Do They Really Think of Me?

Some of them probably hate you. Face it. They hate the way you look and they hate the way you talk. They don’t value your contribution. So what? Any decision made with an eye on how others will perceive it is almost always a bad one. My instinct, actually, is to believe that people don’t hate you at all (though they may find the way you chew slightly annoying). Assuming that no one is devoting as much time to thinking about you as you devote to thinking about how they’re thinking about you, the takeaway from this question is one, surely, of empathy. Whether we like each other or not, we are united by a common fear of rejection. Thinking about this question may not lead to the insight we want, but perhaps it makes us a little less anxious, and a little kinder in the face of each other’s annoyingness.

How Did She Do It?

I’m a journalist who spends lots of time interviewing people who have rebuilt themselves after experiencing terrible trauma. The thing I always wonder is this: When you have been through the fire, how do you reboot? My mother was a prime example, having endured horrific traumas as a child; then later emerging to have a happy and successful adult life. We never talked about it, but it’s my hunch that, when you’ve been through the worst, all other anxieties that may follow become secondary. After the experience of fending off someone trying to kill you, fretting about your co-workers seems laughably trivial. You are, to some degree, free. For those of us lucky enough to have escaped major trauma, this principle is scalable. No one has led an entirely charmed life. Is the thing worrying you right now as bad as the worst thing you have ever known? Probably not. So relax.

Where Will It All End?

Ah. In darkness or in light. We all choose our position on the spectrum. I’m nearer to the atheist than the believer end; on the other hand, I’m very susceptible to thoughts that begin, “On the other hand…” My mother, before she died, said matter-of-factly, “I’ll look into whether there’s a way to come back,” as if it were another possible mode of transportation. If anyone could find it, she could; and so, the fact that she hasn’t, inclines me to think it’s not doable. On the other hand, a week after my mother died, a huge sunflower taller than my head, stalk thicker than my wrist, sprung up in the garden from nowhere. Sunflowers were her favorite. So, I keep asking this question over and over again, to give rise to potential alternatives. Isn’t that all any of us want — options?

4 Mysteries That Shape Every Thinking Woman’s Life

Emma Brockes, author of She Left Me the Gun: My Mother’s Life Before Me, explains how questions with no right answers can be confounding—and can also crack open a whole new set of possibilities.

By Emma Brockes

The great thing about unanswerable questions is that, being unanswerable, there are no right or wrong ways to respond to them. How each of us chooses to reach a conclusion becomes both a test and a measure of our character. It is by picking answers to these unknowable questions that we learn how to shape the story of our lives.

Would I Have Been Happier If…?

This is the question we all drag behind us, like a sack of rocks that slows us down and makes it hard to execute clean decisions. Unlike other unknowables — is there a God? will I fit into these jeans again? where do pigeons go at night? — thinking about this question will never lead to enlightenment. Once you have made a decision, everything that comes after it, depending on your disposition, either skews in the direction of validating your choice or fans the flames of regret. Only one thing is guaranteed: that while you may, in fact, have been happier taking another direction, you will never, ever be happy in a state of dithering, unresolved, regret-soaked uncertainty. At the risk of sounding like a badly translated fortune cookie, to make a choice correctly, you have to decide it’s the right choice.

What Do They Really Think of Me?

Some of them probably hate you. Face it. They hate the way you look and they hate the way you talk. They don’t value your contribution. So what? Any decision made with an eye on how others will perceive it is almost always a bad one. My instinct, actually, is to believe that people don’t hate you at all (though they may find the way you chew slightly annoying). Assuming that no one is devoting as much time to thinking about you as you devote to thinking about how they’re thinking about you, the takeaway from this question is one, surely, of empathy. Whether we like each other or not, we are united by a common fear of rejection. Thinking about this question may not lead to the insight we want, but perhaps it makes us a little less anxious, and a little kinder in the face of each other’s annoyingness.

How Did She Do It?

I’m a journalist who spends lots of time interviewing people who have rebuilt themselves after experiencing terrible trauma. The thing I always wonder is this: When you have been through the fire, how do you reboot? My mother was a prime example, having endured horrific traumas as a child; then later emerging to have a happy and successful adult life. We never talked about it, but it’s my hunch that, when you’ve been through the worst, all other anxieties that may follow become secondary. After the experience of fending off someone trying to kill you, fretting about your co-workers seems laughably trivial. You are, to some degree, free. For those of us lucky enough to have escaped major trauma, this principle is scalable. No one has led an entirely charmed life. Is the thing worrying you right now as bad as the worst thing you have ever known? Probably not. So relax.

Where Will It All End?

Ah. In darkness or in light. We all choose our position on the spectrum. I’m nearer to the atheist than the believer end; on the other hand, I’m very susceptible to thoughts that begin, “On the other hand…” My mother, before she died, said matter-of-factly, “I’ll look into whether there’s a way to come back,” as if it were another possible mode of transportation. If anyone could find it, she could; and so, the fact that she hasn’t, inclines me to think it’s not doable. On the other hand, a week after my mother died, a huge sunflower taller than my head, stalk thicker than my wrist, sprung up in the garden from nowhere. Sunflowers were her favorite. So, I keep asking this question over and over again, to give rise to potential alternatives. Isn’t that all any of us want — options?


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Aug 24, 2014
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"Hands Up, Don’t Shoot," riveting! MTV Will Air Ferguson PSA During VMA Broadcast http://t.co/DS0sBBZGBn -#freespeech #HandsUpDontShoot

"Hands Up, Don’t Shoot," riveting! MTV Will Air Ferguson PSA During VMA Broadcast http://t.co/DS0sBBZGBn -#freespeech #HandsUpDontShoot



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Jul 19, 2014
@ 4:25 pm
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Musically inspired from #Venice here is my favorite piece in a little corner of my apt.  It  is the Palazzo adaptation of the 18th Century lacca povera  secretary. This is a #Patina original. O and, how do u like my hydrangeas? 🌟🌸💐

Musically inspired from #Venice here is my favorite piece in a little corner of my apt. It is the Palazzo adaptation of the 18th Century lacca povera secretary. This is a #Patina original. O and, how do u like my hydrangeas? 🌟🌸💐


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Jul 18, 2014
@ 8:36 pm
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Random family members being casual while in #paris #2014WorldAcroGymnastics #USAGymnastics #USA🇺🇸🇺🇸 @ryanward @kileybug72 @aizlebaizle

Random family members being casual while in #paris #2014WorldAcroGymnastics #USAGymnastics #USA🇺🇸🇺🇸 @ryanward @kileybug72 @aizlebaizle


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Jul 18, 2014
@ 2:16 pm
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Is my article ready to be a blog?

When your client wants advice on their content
Here is an email response to a question regarding, “What do we do with content?”
I skimmed the content written by ______ and find it valuable original material that is timely and will get picked up; but, it needs seo/sem/linking/images and key word optimizing.
Where will it be placed? If you have a page for ‘news’ and ‘blog’ on your dashboard that is where it will be added. This way you have a track back to your site whenever you start linking. Do you have any design queries for each of your opportunity types? Or, lists to generate an article email from the blog? 
It’d be a good idea to also turn the article into an OP-ED piece and submit it to a journalist for content placement or social media or public relations opportunities. 
Here’s a cool trick. Check your keyword space for content placement in queries such as: Market defining key wds
MDKW “guest post”
MDKW inurl:category/guest
MDKW  ”guest article”
MDKW “write for us”
Or, I can complete the digital marketing task. Thinking 4 links embedded, 3 - 4 images, 4 key phrases that rank top in industry, 4 tags and 1 pingback (if i can find it) seperate headlines optimized, bio and writer profile w contact information. 
Badges too. Video embedded.
5 Twitter Headlines
2 Facebook Headlines
G+
LinkedIn
Blog
For whatever it’s worth, there’s my .02 cents. :)
"Hi" to everyone for me.
Leah

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Jul 7, 2014
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Montmartre -  is in the 18th arrondissement. No funicular necessary. Here is a view of the Sacré-Coeur. 🇫🇷🌸🏰 (at Basilique Du Sacré Coeur, Montmartre)

Montmartre - is in the 18th arrondissement. No funicular necessary. Here is a view of the Sacré-Coeur. 🇫🇷🌸🏰 (at Basilique Du Sacré Coeur, Montmartre)


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Jul 6, 2014
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Casual high… (at Sommet top of tower Eiffel)

Casual high… (at Sommet top of tower Eiffel)


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Jul 4, 2014
@ 6:34 am
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🇺🇸Loved watching @aizlebaizle 2014 USA World Acro contender. #magnificent 🇫🇷 (at Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan)

🇺🇸Loved watching @aizlebaizle 2014 USA World Acro contender. #magnificent 🇫🇷 (at Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan)


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Jun 29, 2014
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Galvanizing email campaign sent out to subscribers; is a 28.7 percent open rate effective mkt? What is your open-rate on emails? #socialmedia #pr #tech

Galvanizing email campaign sent out to subscribers; is a 28.7 percent open rate effective mkt? What is your open-rate on emails? #socialmedia #pr #tech