How one young woman integrates “Trouble,” “Comfort,” and “Survival”

This story, ostensibly about the search for the origins of tech trendy San Francisco’s newest craze, “artisanal toast,” shifts suddenly into a moving testament to the pluck, endurance and creativity of the ever-arising human spirit. May we all honor the resilience in this young woman’s journey through life. May we all plunge into mycelliac relationships with everyone we meet.

I can especially appreciate her journey because it mirrors my own, during years when I had cast myself adrift, and yet knew intuitively that no matter how close I came to the edge of survival, I was safe. Sensing internally a strong, diaphanous web of relationships both near and far, I figured that no matter how far “out” I go, I can’t fall too far without falling into this net. I counted on it. With reason. That net is still operating, strong, expanding, and more resilient than ever; it helps me and all who live within its ever-replenishing, nourishing fold.

As Plato (or Philo) is reputed to have said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Or as my friend Judy, a principal in my own net, puts it, “Remember, Ann, everybody’s doing the very best they can.”

Via Joy.

A Toast Story


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1 Response to How one young woman integrates “Trouble,” “Comfort,” and “Survival”

  1. laurabruno says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    What a great story! Thanks to Ann, and to Mitch for encouraging me to read this article that I had shelved for some other time. Part of Mitch’s comments: “I love that she has manifested a second place, has 14 employees and has brought probably thousands of neighbors together, activism birthed, romances bloomed, and lasting friendships forged, etc, just wonderful! What’s even more incredible, is that she escaped being thrown into a psyche ward for life, in a way, she’s the living embodiment of everything Jon [Rappoport] writes about, she created magic from her so called mental illness.”
    Truly an inspiring and surprising article!

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