Killing Us With Kindness


While I was away for a few weeks, my wife began listening to the audiobook from Tantor Media I had recorded back in January. She said it was nice to hear my voice while commuting to and from work.

Truth be told, I was so nervous while recording it that I’m not sure my real voice comes out all that much.

Anyway, we had a good laugh at the fact that a fair good few of my essays at the beginning of the book are about the benefits of diet, nutrition, and exercise for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) — and all the while on my book tour, I was being overfed and well overwatered by friends and colleagues. It didn’t help, either, that the only exercise I seemed to get was walking through airports.

The fact that I was handed a cup, a pint, or a plate at every turn, and that I was somehow never allowed to carry my own briefcase on this tour, led me to consider the kindnesses we are offered and how they can sometimes be a little too much.


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