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5 Questions for Anne Lamott

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The perfectly imperfect Anne Lamott expounds on the merits of mercy in her new book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.1. Embracing mercy for some of us can be a long road. What’s the essential step to getting there?In my experience, any willingness to change our hearts, minds, or habits begins with feeling the pain of staying the way we are. So when it begins to hurt our lives to live without mercy, for others and especially for ourselves, we begin to be willing to be changed—softened, tenderized. But yikes! It’s a risk, because people and life can be so dicey.2. What has been a significant moment of mercy for your own self?Learning to love and passionately care for this aging, saggy, wrinkly, beautiful body of mine.3. You describe how allowing mercy into your life “opens the drawer” to the treasures you’ve hid in the past. Can you share a treasure you discovered?The most beautiful way to live is with a soft and generous heart, and, like many women, I have found it easy to treat everyone in the world, even scary men, with compassion. But in the drawer, I found a deep, abiding compas …

Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues.

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